Community Nutrition Graduate

Community Nutrition (M.S.)

About the Program

The M.S. in Community Nutrition provides comprehensive coursework for individuals who seek further knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietetics.  This degree is targeted toward three groups of people: 1) individuals who are accepted into the ACU Dietetic Internship, 2) individuals who have been accepted into or are currently in an accredited Dietetic Internship through another institution, and 3) individuals who have just completed an accredited Dietetic Internship through ACU or another institution and have not taken the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

The coursework complements the community and poverty focus of the ACU Dietetic Internship and all coursework, except the Dietetic Internship course, will be completed online. If a student is enrolled in a Dietetic Internship in an institution other than ACU, 6 hours of credit will be awarded for the Dietetic Internship.

The program will qualify graduates to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians along with completion of an accredited Dietetic Internship.

Program Overview

Credit hours 36
Degree Master of Science in Community Nutrition
Program length 2 years
Tracks N/A
Application deadline for Summer I term April 15, 2017

Coursework

You will take courses such as:

  • NUTR 621 Dietetic Internship (total of 6 hours)
  • NUTR 622 Weight Management I
  • NUTR 623 Nutrition and Poverty
  • NUTR 626 Nutrition Assessment
  • NUTR 628 Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • NUTR 629 Nutrition and Integrative Medicine
  • NUTR 631 Nutrition Research
  • NUTR 633 Nutritional Genomics
  • NUTR 634 Practice Skills and Current Issues

Six hours must be chosen from:

  • NUTR 624 Weight Management II
  • NUTR 625 School Nutrition
  • NUTR 627 Nutrition for Diabetes Mellitus
  • NUTR 632 Nutrition for Eating Disorders
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What outcomes can you expect?

  • Registered Dietitian

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for applicants who are applying to the ACU Combined Masters/Dietetic Internship are:

Step 1:  Apply to Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services

The Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) online is a service of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and offers applicants a convenient, state-of-the-art, web-based application service. Applicants must first apply on the DICAS online applicant portal. The DICAS application may be accessed at https://portal.dicas.org. The online application must be completed for our program by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on February 12, 2017.

The admission requirements for DICAS are:

  • Complete a dietetic internship application and submit application fee;
  • Submit three or four letters of recommendation. (The standard requirement for most sites is 3 letters of reference. A maximum of four letters of recommendation can be attached per site. Upon submission, it is the applicant's’ responsibility to indicate which letters they wish to have sent to the individual sites.);
  • Submit any/all official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to ACU). The transcript must indicate a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Submit a personal statement;
  • Submit a personal resume;
  • Register with D&D Digital for the computer match and rank each of the dietetic internships that you are applying to by the computer match deadline date. D&D Digital is the company that matches applicants with Dietetic Internships. Use the following link to access the D&D Digital Web site: http://www.dnddigital.com.

Step 2:  Apply to ACU Dietetic Internship

All documents and information uploaded to DICAS by students who apply to the ACU Dietetic Internship will be made available to a selection committee from ACU.  Once the student has been matched with the ACU Dietetic Internship, he or she should complete additional requirements listed below.

Additional requirements for individuals applying to the ACU Combined Masters/Dietetic Internship:

  • Complete an online ACU application to the Office of Graduate Programs;
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 and a minimum grade of B in Didactic Program in Dietetics courses and supporting courses including the sciences, statistics, and management;
  • The personal statement should include the following: Short-term and long-term professional goals; address how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics; describe experiences you have had working with individuals who are dealing with poverty or are at risk for homelessness and how you felt about those experiences; and explain your philosophy of working with the impoverished;
  • Applicants must have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements in an accredited program as specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

The admission requirements for applicants who are individuals who have been accepted into or are currently in an accredited Dietetic Internship through another institution or who are individuals who have just completed an accredited Dietetic Internship through ACU or another institution and have not taken the Registration Examination for Dietitians are:

  • Complete an online ACU application to the Office of Graduate Programs;
  • Submit a $50 application fee;
  • Submit three letters of recommendation;
  • Submit any/all official transcript(s) in English (or translated to English) of all previous college work (official means an original with the seal that comes directly from the issuing institution to ACU). The transcript must indicate a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  • Submit a personal statement; The personal statement should include the following: Short-term and long-term professional goals; address how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics; describe experiences you have had working with individuals who are dealing with poverty or are at risk for homelessness and how you felt about those experiences; and explain your philosophy of working with the impoverished;
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 and a minimum grade of B in Didactic Program in Dietetics courses and supporting courses including the sciences, statistics, and management;
  • Applicants must have completed Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements in an accredited program as specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
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