Nutrition - MS, PhD

The Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Hospitality Management offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in nutrition or with an option in hotel and restaurant management. The combination of these areas within a single department facilitates integrative studies addressing normal and clinical nutrition, food and health issues, food service, as well as hospitality management. For the MS degree, the student may specialize in general, community, clinical or sports nutrition, food service management, or hotel and restaurant management. The department emphasizes the integration of knowledge from various fields for the purpose of understanding and developing professional skills for careers in higher education, government, and food, healthcare and hospitality industries.

For admission to the MS or PhD programs, the student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, a satisfactory GPA, a satisfactory GRE score (a GMAT score may substitute for the GRE score for the hotel and restaurant management emphasis), and acceptable undergraduate academic preparation. The admission committee will evaluate all application items, including transcripts, GRE/GMAT scores, letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, and resume. International applicants are also required to submit satisfactory TOEFL scores. Applicants lacking background requirements in chemistry and anatomy and physiology for the nutrition program must make up deficiencies prior to starting the program.

The MS degree with a thesis track requires a minimum of 30 semester hours and a thesis. The MS degree with the nonthesis track requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and a scholarly research project.

Required courses for the thesis track in nutrition include:

NTRI 7500Minerals3
NTRI 7510Vitamins3
NTRI 7520Macronutrients: Integration and Metabolism4
NTRI 7530Human Nutrient Metabolism4
ERMA 7300Design and Analysis in Education I3-4
or STAT 7000 Experimental Statistics I
NTRI 7050Methods Of Research2
NTRI 7850Research Seminar for Master's Program1
NTRI 7990Research And Thesis (minimum of 5 hours)1-10
Elective Graduate Level Courses5


The non-thesis track in Nutrition is available through both distance education and on campus.  Required courses for the non-thesis track in nutrition include:

NTRI 7500/7506Minerals3
NTRI 7510/7516Vitamins3
NTRI 7520/7526Macronutrients: Integration and Metabolism4
NTRI 7530/7536Human Nutrient Metabolism4
ERMA 7300/7306Design and Analysis in Education I3-4
or STAT 7000 Experimental Statistics I
NTRI 7050/7056Methods Of Research2
NTRI 7850/7856Research Seminar for Master's Program1
NTRI 7980/7986Nonthesis Research (minimum of 5 hours)1-6
Elective Graduate Level Courses8


The M.S. in Nutrition (Non-Thesis) with ISPP Experience offers a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised field experience in conjunction with the M.S. degree to enable baccalaureate degree graduates of Didactic Programs in Dietetics (DPDs) the opportunity to fulfill the experiential requirements to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians. The ISPP Experience is offered to students who applied but were not matched to a dietetic internship. Students complete 9-credit hours of field experience taking NTRI 7016 Advanced Practicum in Dietetics as the elective courses for the non-thesis option. Academic coursework is completed over the first year, followed by the field experience. Supervised practice will occur in various settings, including acute and critical care, outpatient, long-term care, wellness, public health, community, school foodservice, and other professional settings. The Auburn University ISPP Experience emphasis is in Clinical Nutrition. The supervised practice is completed regionally in Alabama and Georgia (within an approximate 60 mile radius) or may be arranged via distance at student-coordinated sites subject to approval by the ISPP coordinator. Graduates who successfully complete the Auburn University M.S. in Nutrition with ISPP Experience will be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Examples of elective courses for the MS in nutrition may include:

NTRI 6820/6826Nutrition In The Life Cycle3
NTRI 6560Nutrition and Food Service Management3
NTRI 6020Medical Nutrition I4
NTRI 6030Medical Nutrition II4
NTRI 6620Sports Nutrition3
KINE 7680Advanced Physiology of Exercise I3
KINE 7700Advanced Physiology of Exercise II3
KINE 8780Biochemistry of Exercise3
KINE 6500Exercise Technology I: Principles of Exercise Testing and Interpretation3
KINE 6550Exercise Technology II: Applied Exercise Testing and Interpretation4
KINE 6400Exercise Prescription for Normal and Special Populations3
KINE 7750Advanced Sport Psychology3
VBMS 7070Endocrinology4
BIOL 6220Introductory Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 6190Cell and Molecular Signal Transduction3
BCHE 7220Principles of Cellular and Molecular Enzymology3
BIOL 6500Immunology3
BCHE 7280Topics in Biochemistry1-3
NTRI 7910Practicum in Nutrition and Dietetics1-12
ADED 7600Nature of Adult Education3
ADED 7060Curriculum and Program Planning in Adult Education3
NTRI 7930/7936Advanced Independent Study1-6
NTRI 7016Advanced Practicum in Dietetics1-9

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Required courses for the thesis track with an option in hotel and restaurant management include:

NTRI 7050Methods Of Research2
NTRI 7850Research Seminar for Master's Program1
NTRI 7990Research And ThesisMinimum of 5
HOSP 6530Science of Quality Service in Hospitality3
HOSP 6570Global Hospitality3
HOSP 7000Hospitality Enterprise3
HOSP 7010Advanced Tourism Analysis3
HOSP 8860Current Issues in Hospitality Management3
ERMA 7300Design and Analysis in Education I3
Elective CoursesMinimum of 4


The non-thesis track in the hotel and restaurant management option is available through both distance education and on campus. Required courses for the non-thesis track with an option in hotel and restaurant management include:

NTRI 7050/7056Methods Of Research2
NTRI 7980/7986Nonthesis ResearchMinimum of 5
HOSP 6530/6536Science of Quality Service in Hospitality3
HOSP 6570/6570Global Hospitality3
HOSP 7000/7006Hospitality Enterprise3
HOSP 7010/7016Advanced Tourism Analysis3
HOSP 8860/8866Current Issues in Hospitality Management3
ERMA 7300/7306Design and Analysis in Education I3
NTRI 7850/7856Research Seminar for Master's Program1
Elective CoursesMinimum of 7


Examples of elective courses for the MS with an option in hotel and restaurant management may include:

HOSP 6460Catering And Event Management1
HOSP 6461Catering And Event Management2
HOSP 6550Club Management3
HOSP 6540Conference Coordination3
NTRI 6380Study/Travel in Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management1-6
HOSP 7106The Business of Brewing3
HOSP 7920Professional Internship In Hospitality Management1-3
HOSP 7116Brewing Materials3
HOSP 7126Science of Brewing I3
HOSP 7136Science of Brewing 23
HOSP 7146Facilities and Operations3
HOSP 7916Practicum in Brewing Science1-3

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PhD Degree

The PhD degree requires a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, a general doctoral examination with written and oral components, and a dissertation describing original research in the area of nutrition or hotel and restaurant management. The student becomes a candidate for the degree on successful completion of the general examinations. Course requirements for the PhD degree in nutrition are the same as for the corresponding Master’s degree or an equivalent course from another institution plus NTRI 8970, NTRI 8850, and NTRI 7280. Laboratories are available for human, animal, chemical, and physical research. Supporting courses to strengthen the nutrition major may be in, but not limited to, biochemistry, physiology, chemistry, animal science, kinesiology, education, and biostatistics.

Course requirements for the PhD degree in nutrition include:

NTRI 7500/7506Minerals3
NTRI 7510Vitamins3
NTRI 7520/7526Macronutrients: Integration and Metabolism4
NTRI 7530/7536Human Nutrient Metabolism4
NTRI 7280Laboratory Methods in Food Science and Nutrition3
ERMA 7300/7306Design and Analysis in Education I3-4
or STAT 7000 Experimental Statistics I
ERMA 7310/7316Design and Analysis in Education II3
or STAT 7010 Experimental Statistics II
NTRI 7050/7056Methods Of Research2
NTRI 8850Research Seminar for Doctoral Program1-2
NTRI 8970/8976Advanced Topics in Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management1-6
NTRI 8990Research And Dissertation1-10
Elective Graduate Level Courses


Examples of elective courses for the PhD degree in nutrition may include:

NTRI 6020Medical Nutrition I4
NTRI 6030Medical Nutrition II4
NTRI 6560Nutrition and Food Service Management3
NTRI 6620Sports Nutrition3
NTRI 6820Nutrition In The Life Cycle3
KINE 7680Advanced Physiology of Exercise I3
KINE 7700Advanced Physiology of Exercise II3
KINE 8780Biochemistry of Exercise3
KINE 6500Exercise Technology I: Principles of Exercise Testing and Interpretation3
KINE 6550Exercise Technology II: Applied Exercise Testing and Interpretation4
KINE 6400Exercise Prescription for Normal and Special Populations3
KINE 7750Advanced Sport Psychology3
VBMS 7070Endocrinology4
BIOL 6220Introductory Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 6500Immunology3
BIOL 6190Cell and Molecular Signal Transduction3
BCHE 7220Principles of Cellular and Molecular Enzymology3
BCHE 7280Topics in Biochemistry1-3
NTRI 7910Practicum in Nutrition and Dietetics1-12
ADED 7600Nature of Adult Education3
ADED 7060Curriculum and Program Planning in Adult Education3
NTRI 7930/7936Advanced Independent Study1-6
NTRI 7016Advanced Practicum in Dietetics1-9

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Course requirements for the PhD degree with an option in hotel and restaurant management include:

  • HRMT specialization: a minimum of 34 credit hours, including:
    HOSP 6530Science of Quality Service in Hospitality3
    HOSP 7006Hospitality Enterprise3
    HOSP 7010Advanced Tourism Analysis3
    HOSP 8860Current Issues in Hospitality Management3
    HOSP 8870Advanced Hospitality Management Research and Applications3
    HOSP 8880Theoretical Developments for Hospitality3
    Graduate-level HRMT and/or related courses.At least 16
  • Research support: a minimum of 16 credit hours, including:
    NTRI 7050Methods Of Research2
    NTRI 8850Research Seminar for Doctoral Program2
    ERMA 7300Design and Analysis in Education I3
    ERMA 7310Design and Analysis in Education II3
    Graduate-level research/statistics courses.At least 6
  • Dissertation: a minimum of 10 credit hours of NTRI 8990.


Examples of HRMT Specialization Elective Courses:

HOSP 6460Catering And Event Management1
HOSP 6461Catering And Event Management2
HOSP 6550Club Management3
HOSP 6540Conference Coordination3
NTRI 6380Study/Travel in Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management1-6
HOSP 7920Professional Internship In Hospitality Management1-3
HOSP 7106The Business of Brewing3
HOSP 7116Brewing Materials3
HOSP 7126Science of Brewing I3
HOSP 7146Facilities and Operations3
HOSP 7136Science of Brewing 23
HOSP 7916Practicum in Brewing Science1-3

The hotel and restaurant management option may take supporting courses in such areas as management, marketing, economics, and education. Course requirements for becoming a registered dietitian may be met during the graduate program by enrolling in additional required courses. Teaching, research, and extension assistantships are awarded competitively to qualified students.

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