Master of Science – Dietetics

Program Description

The mission of the Master of Science degree program is to prepare graduates to practice in advanced level professional positions in the fields of clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and/or food and nutrition management.

The program offers a unique opportunity to dietetics professionals in southern West Virginia. It is open to persons who have completed a bachelor’s degree in dietetics at a regionally accredited institution and have been admitted to the dietetic internship certificate program or are currently a Registered Dietitian.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students who wish to apply for admission to the master’s degree program must meet the admission requirements for the internship. Upon successful completion of the internship certificate program, students may submit an additional application requesting full admission to the master’s program.

Any other prospective students must currently hold the status of Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Admission of these students will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the department. They should follow the admissions process described at the Graduate Admissions website here.

Program Requirements

  • Students presently enrolled in or who have completed the internship certificate program, which consists of seven courses, accumulate 21 graduate credits, which provide the basis for the master’s degree. The degree consists of a total of 36 graduate credit hours. The student and advisor will develop a Plan of Study or blueprint for graduation requirements. The Plan of Study must be on file in the Graduate College office before the student registers for the 12th semester hour.
  • In addition to the internship certificate requirements, students pursuing a master’s degree choose from one of three concentration areas: clinical nutrition, community nutrition, or food/nutrition management. Course requirements can vary and must be approved by the student’s advisor.
  • Students are provided with an option to complete a thesis and nine additional hours of coursework in the chosen area of concentration. Those choosing a thesis option will be required to defend the thesis orally.
  • Students choosing a non-thesis option will be required to complete an additional 15 hours of coursework in the chosen concentration and sit for a written comprehensive examination in their final semesteer.
  • To successfully complete the program, students will be required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and receive a score of satisfactory or better on all preceptor evaluations, when applicable.
  • For specific course requirements, prospective students should consult Dr. Kelli Williams, RD, LD at for further details.