Applied Nutrition

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.

Registered Dietitians with Graduate Credits

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

Credits earned through the Sage Graduate Schools Dietetic Internship will apply to the MS in Applied Nutrition. Students must complete the remaining 21 credits including a master's project (NTR 690  and NTR 691) in order to graduate with an M.S. in Applied Nutrition.

Applicants with Bachelor's Degree in a Field other than Nutrition

Official transcripts will be evaluated. Certain nutrition prerequisites (normally NTR 201, NTR 501, and NTR 503) will be required in preparation for graduate study. Additional basic courses needed are Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, and Anatomy and Physiology I and II. General and Organic Chemistry 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.

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

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Financial Aid

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 

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

Alabama Arkansas Indiana Kansas Kentucky Minnesota
Missouri 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 not have an undergraduate degree in 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

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BS/Post-Baccalaureate/MS Information Sessions


All Troy campus sessions are held in Ackerman 300.

January 22, 12pm - Troy Campus

March 6, 12pm - Troy Campus

April 24, 12pm - Troy Campus

May 15, 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, or
Dr. Sonya Irish Hauser, Director, Post-bacc Program,

Online MS Information Sessions

The online information sessions will be conducted using Skype.

December 9, 8 pm EST

February 4, 12 pm EST

April 4, 7 pm EST

May 4, 8 pm EST

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,

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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.

DICAS info sessions for Sage students:

DICAS Application Workshop : Sage DPD Students
Location TBA
December 12


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, Professor McComb at or, Ms. Morgan at, if you wish to attend one of these sessions. More sessions will be scheduled for 2014. Please check back often for updated Information Sessions and Admissions Events.

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