Applied Nutrition

The MS in Applied Nutrition includes two online

               tracks and one onsite track.

 

Program Mission

To obtain a firm basis in critical thinking and up-to-date knowledge in nutrition to evaluate current developments in the field and assess program effectiveness.

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Program Philosophy

The applied Nutrition graduate program is based on a solid scientific foundation with a strong focus on research, nutritional epidemiology, public health perspectives, and nutrition communications. The skills obtained will allow graduates to become leaders in and to make significant contributions to the field.

The 30-33-credit M.S. in Applied Nutrition is designed to be flexible and to accommodate the adult learner. Emphasis is placed on providing students with the following skills:

  • Critical evaluation skills through analysis of research literature.
  • Ability to integrate and apply what is learned to relevant and current situations.
  • Strong background in theory of health behavior and the translation of theory into practice, a valuable tool in public health, community as well as clinical nutrition setting.
  • Skills in planning, conducting, and evaluating food and nutrition programs and interventions.
  • The ability to communicate nutrition messages effectively to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Hands-on experience in designing and conducting research including identifying research hypotheses, developing surveys, collecting and analyzing data, as well as interpreting results and write-up.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate Schools. A GPA of 3.0 or above is required for consideration into the MS in Applied Nutrition. There is no deadline for submission of applications.

Students who Hold a BS Degree in Nutrition or Closely-Related Field with Graduate Credits: MS is fully online

Official transcripts will be evaluated. A maximum of nine graduate credits or 25 percent of the degree, whichever is greater, may be transferred from another Institution if such work was completed within five years of the first course counted toward the MS degree at Sage. Transferred credits must be a "B" or better.

Registered Dietitians with Graduate Credits: MS is fully online

Official transcripts will be evaluated. A maximum of nine graduate credits or 25 percent of the degree, whichever is greater, may be transferred from another Institution if such work was completed within five years of the first course counted toward the MS degree at Sage. Transferred credits must be a "B" or better.

Registered Dietitians Who completed the Sage Graduate Schools Dietetic Internship - MS is fully online

Credits earned through the Sage Graduate Schools Dietetic Internship will apply to the MS in Applied Nutrition. Students must complete the remaining 21 credits in order to graduate with an M.S. in Applied Nutrition. At the end of the internship, students in the Sage DI simply sign a Program Change Form to continue with the MS program.

Applicants with Bachelor's Degree in a Field other than Nutrition - MS is an onsite program with some online courses

Official transcripts will be evaluated. Certain course prerequisites (normally NTR 201- Foundations of Nutrition Science and NTR 325-Community Nutrition) will be required in preparation for graduate study. Additional basic courses needed are Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, General Chemistry, and Organic and Biochemistry. Anatomy and Physiology are highly recommended.

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Program Length and Format

Students may attend the MS degree program on a full-time or part-time basis. The program is a minimum of three to four terms for full-time students. Working students will find the majority of the courses conveniently offered in an online format.

Program Option Program Length Program Format
Students who complete the Sage Dietetic Internship 21 credits + DI coursework Fully Online
Students who hold a BS in nutrition or closely-related field 30 credits Fully Online
Students who hold a BS in a field not related to nutrition 33 credits + 6 prerequisite courses* Onsite Program with some online courses

*Prerequisites include: Intro to Psychology, Statistics, General Chemistry, Organic and Biochemistry, and NTR 201 and NTR 325 taken at Sage

 

Ms Applied Nutrition

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Programs of Study

The MS program has three program options:

  • MS/DI combined program for students who complete the Sage Dietetic Internship Program - all courses are offered online

Sage Dietetic Internship Students:

                                    Program of Study           Schedule

  • MS option for students who hold a bachelor's degree in nutrition, dietetics or closely related field - all courses are offered online

Students with BS in Nutrition:

                                    Program of Study           Schedule

  • MS option for students who do not hold a bachelor's degree in nutrition, dietetics or closely related field - This course of study will include a number of courses to be completed onsite on the Russell Sage College's Troy Campus.

Students with BS in Field not Related to Nutrition:

                                    Program of Study           Schedule

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Combined MS-Dietetic Internship (DI) Program

Students accepted into the Sage Dietetic Internship are automatically accepted into the MS in Applied Nutrition and have only 21 additional credits to complete the MS.

Program of Study

Schedule Examples

Sage interns have the option of completing the internship alone or combining the internship with the online MS program. DI graduates may complete the online MS full-time in one year (9 credits in the fall, 12 credits in the spring) or take longer by going part-time.

Current Sage interns do not need to apply to the MS. At the end of the internship (May-July), interns interested in pursuing the MS complete and sign a Sage Graduate Schools Program Change Form to transfer to the MS program. Email the form in May to Dr. A at abusar@sage.edu and request to be transferred to the MS program.

 

Past Sage interns complete the first section of the SGS Application. Application fee, reference letters and personal statement are waived. Transcripts transfer from the DI.

ISPP interns: Interns in the ISPP program and ISPP graduates with 3.0 GPA or higher need only complete the first section of the SGS Application and provide their transcripts to graduate admissions. Application fee, reference letters and personal statement will be waived. They need to complete 30 credits in the MS program.

For questions, contact Dr. AbuSabha, MS Program Director, at abusar@sage.edu. 

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Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition rate for the MS in Applied Nutrition for 2014-2015 is $660 per credit. Graduate students pay tuition per credit hour. A $50 amount is due at registration and is refundable prior to the first day of class for a semester. For more information about the Sage Graduate Schools tuition and fees access the SGS Catalog.

The MS in Applied Nutrition is moving online. Therefore, students who plan on taking all the MS courses online are only eligible to receive federal aid for tuition, technology allowance, books, and loan origination fees.  They are not eligible to receive money for living expenses. This is a federal regulation and not a Sage rule. Please contact the Sage Financial Aid Office for more information at 518.244.2201 or via email at student_services@sage.edu. 

The Sage Colleges MS in Applied Nutrition cannot accept students from the following states:

Alabama Arkansas Kentucky Minnesota
Montana New Mexico South Dakota Wyoming

If you live outside of New York, please read the following letter. It also explains why we are unable to accept applications at this time from the above states as we are not currently pursuing authorization there: State & Federal Regulations Letter

For more up-to-date information about your specific state, please access the Sage Online - Authorization Page.

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Interested in Becoming a Dietitian

The MS in Applied Nutrition Program does not lead to RD (registered dietitian) status. If you do have an undergraduate degree in a field other than nutrition and/or dietetics and would like to become a dietitian the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Dietetics is the program for you. Access the Sage's Post-Baccalaureate pages for more information and be sure to attend an upcoming information session. For more information, contact Dr. Sonya Irish Hauser at hauses@sage.edu.

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BS/Post-Baccalaureate/MS Information Sessions

2015-2016

All Troy campus sessions are held in Ackerman 300.

September 17, 12pm- Troy Campus

Please be on time as not to miss vital information and count on staying close to two hours. For information please contact:

Professor Colleen McCrief, Coordinator, BS Program, Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics  mccric@sage.edu, or
Dr. Sonya Irish Hauser, Director, Post-bacc Program, hauses@sage.edu.


Online MS Information Sessions

For information about the MS in Applied Nutrition, contact Dr. AbuSabha via email at abusar@sage.edu to request a telephone or Skype meeting. Once you send your email, you should expect a response within 48 business hours.

Please be on time as not to miss vital information and count on spending close to one hour. For information and to register for the Skype session please contact Dr. AbuSabha and provide her with your Skype name:

Dr. Rayane AbuSabha, Director, MS Program, abusar@sage.edu.

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DI Information Sessions

All prospective interns are strongly encouraged to either attend an Information Session or arrange a telephone Information Session prior to completing the Dietetic Internship Application packet, which is due Feb. 15, 2015 for the Fall 2015 class.

 Pre-select info session (Sage) 9/28 2:30-4pm (ACK 300)

 DI info session (All) 11/20 2:30-4pm (ACK 300)

 DICAS info sessions for Sage students:

DICAS Application Workshop : Sage DPD Students
Location Shea B01
1:00am-2:30pm
December 7

ACK= Sessions are held on the Troy Campus in Ackerman Hall, Room 300.
A= Sessions are held at the Kahl Campus Center Room 224 on the Albany Campus
T= Sessions are held at Buchman Pavilion, Troy Campus

Please contact DI Director, Ms. Morgan at morgam1@sage.edu, if you wish to attend one of these sessions. More sessions will be scheduled for 2015. Please check back often for updated Information Sessions and Admissions Events.

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