Online Master of Science in Nutrition

Help others achieve health and wellness. With an emphasis on community and poverty, ACU’s fully-online Master of Science in Nutrition (MSN) provides comprehensive coursework for those who seek further knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Your academic training will be rooted in Christian values and you will be prepared to serve the majority of the population, especially those who live in poverty.

Help others achieve health and wellness. With an emphasis on community and poverty, ACU’s fully-online Master of Science in Nutrition (MSN) provides comprehensive coursework for those who seek further knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Your academic training will be rooted in Christian values and you will be prepared to serve the majority of the population, especially those who live in poverty.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

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The Master of Science in Nutrition may be completed alone to achieve the M.S. in Nutrition degree, or it may be completed through the combined M.S. in Nutrition/Dietetic Internship program. If you are interested in enrolling in a master’s program without the Dietetic Internship, you’re welcome to apply for our fully online Master of Science in Nutrition (MSN). This program allows you to earn your master’s degree from wherever you live.

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If you are currently enrolled in a dietetic internship through an institution other than ACU or have previously completed a dietetic internship, 6 hours of credit will be awarded toward the master’s degree. Upon graduation, this program will qualify you to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians if you have also completed an accredited dietetic internship.

Required Hours

36 hours
1-2 years

Example Coursework

Nutrition and Diabetes
Nutrition and Poverty
Nutrition Education and Counseling
Nutritional Genomics

Upcoming Start Dates

October 18, 2022
January 10, 2023

Common Job Titles

Registered Dietitian, with successful completion of an accredited Dietetic Internship and passing of the Examination for Registered Dietitians

Meet the Academic Director

Dr. Sheila Jones

Dr. Sheila Jones, Master of Science in Nutrition

Sheila Jones has taught nutrition to future Registered Dietitian Nutritionists at Abilene Christian University for 25 years and serves as chair of the Department of Kinesiology & Nutrition. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate Nutrition courses – her favorite courses are Biochemistry of Nutrition and Nutritional Genomics. Her favorite nutrition topic is phytochemicals.  Throughout her years as an RDN, she has worked full-time in acute care hospitals and has consulted in approximately 25 facilities, including long-term care facilities, small acute care hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and prisons. Her home is in the country outside of Albany, Texas and she enjoys taking care of animals, gardening, water sports, and being outdoors.

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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B in Didactic Program in Dietetics courses and supporting courses including the sciences, statistics, and management.
  • Completed requirements in an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics as specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
  • Submit three letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a personal statement addressing the following: Short-term and long-term professional goals; how faith can inform your work in the profession of dietetics; 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 your philosophy of working with the impoverished.
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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).