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. For the MS degree, the student may specialize in general, community, clinical or sports nutrition. 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, and healthcare 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, and acceptable undergraduate academic preparation. The admission committee will evaluate all application items, including transcripts, GRE 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:

CodeTitleHours
NTRI 7500Minerals3
NTRI 7510Vitamins3
NTRI 7520Macronutrients Integr Metabo4
NTRI 7530Human Nutrient Metabolism4
ERMA 7300Design and Analysis in Ed I3-4
or STAT 7000 Experimental Statistics I
NTRI 7050Methods Of Research2
NTRI 7850Research Seminar for MS1
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:

CodeTitleHours
NTRI 7500Minerals3
NTRI 7510Vitamins3
NTRI 7520Macronutrients Integr Metabo4
NTRI 7530Human Nutrient Metabolism4
ERMA 7300Design and Analysis in Ed I3-4
or STAT 7000 Experimental Statistics I
NTRI 7050Methods Of Research2
NTRI 7850Research Seminar for MS1
NTRI 7980Nonthesis Research (minimum of 5 hours)1-6
Elective Graduate Level Courses8


The M.S. in Nutrition (Non-Thesis) with Dietetic Internship 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.  Students complete 9-credit hours of field experience taking NTRI 7010 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 Dietetic Internship Experience emphasis is in Public Health and Community 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 Dietetic Internship Director. Graduates who successfully complete the Auburn University M.S. in Nutrition with Dietetic Internship Experience will be eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

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

CodeTitleHours
NTRI 6820Nutrition In The Life Cycle3
NTRI 6560Nutr And Food Service Mgt3
NTRI 6020Medical Nutrition I4
NTRI 6030Medical Nutrition II4
NTRI 6620Sports Nutrition3
KINE 7680Adv Physiology of Exercise3
KINE 7700Adv Physiology of Exercise II3
KINE 8780Biochemistry of Exercise3
KINE 6500Clin Ex Test2
KINE 6400Exer Prescrip for Norm & Spec3
KINE 7750Advanced Sport Psychology3
VBMS 7070Endocrinology4
BIOL 6220Intro Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 6190Cell And Mol Signal Transduct3
BCHE 7220Prin Of Cellular Molec Enzy3
BIOL 6500Immunology3
BCHE 7280Topics In Biochemistry1-3
NTRI 7910Practicum In Nutr and Dietetic1-12
ADED 7600Nature Of Adult Education3
ADED 7060Curic And Pgm Plan In Adult Ed3
NTRI 7930Advanced Independent Study1-6
NTRI 7010Advanced Practicum in Dietetic1-9

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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. 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:

CodeTitleHours
NTRI 7500Minerals3
NTRI 7510Vitamins3
NTRI 7520Macronutrients Integr Metabo4
NTRI 7530Human Nutrient Metabolism4
NTRI 7280Lab Meth In Food Sci And Nutr3
ERMA 7300Design and Analysis in Ed I3-4
or STAT 7000 Experimental Statistics I
ERMA 7310Design & Analysis in Ed II3
or STAT 7010 Experimental Statistics II
NTRI 7050Methods Of Research2
NTRI 8850Research Sem For Doct Program1-2
NTRI 8970Adv Tops Nut, Die, & Hosp Mngt1-6
NTRI 8990Research And Dissertation1-10
Elective Graduate Level Courses


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

CodeTitleHours
NTRI 6020Medical Nutrition I4
NTRI 6030Medical Nutrition II4
NTRI 6560Nutr And Food Service Mgt3
NTRI 6620Sports Nutrition3
NTRI 6820Nutrition In The Life Cycle3
KINE 7680Adv Physiology of Exercise3
KINE 7700Adv Physiology of Exercise II3
KINE 8780Biochemistry of Exercise3
KINE 6500Clin Ex Test2
KINE 6400Exer Prescrip for Norm & Spec3
KINE 7750Advanced Sport Psychology3
VBMS 7070Endocrinology4
BIOL 6220Intro Molecular Genetics3
BIOL 6500Immunology3
BIOL 6190Cell And Mol Signal Transduct3
BCHE 7220Prin Of Cellular Molec Enzy3
BCHE 7280Topics In Biochemistry1-3
NTRI 7910Practicum In Nutr and Dietetic1-12
ADED 7600Nature Of Adult Education3
ADED 7060Curic And Pgm Plan In Adult Ed3
NTRI 7930Advanced Independent Study1-6
NTRI 7010Advanced Practicum in Dietetic1-9

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