Nutrition Physical Assessment Lab

M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics at The School of Health Sciences

A program for students without undergraduate backgrounds in nutrition who want to complete the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Sage’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics provides graduates with lifelong professional skills, including:

  • Research analysis and interpretation
  • Writing, communication and professional presentation
  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition interventions
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Confidence using evidence-based guidelines in practice

This is a 45-credit course of study that combines ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) courses with master’s courses.

Full-time students may complete the program in as few as three semesters, while part-time students may complete the program at their own pace.

Students complete the DPD courses in traditional face-to-face format, while the master’s courses are completed online. (Note: prerequisite courses may also be required)

Core Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Courses

  • NTR 501 – Nutritional Metabolism I: Macronutrients (3 Credits)
  • NTR 502 – Advanced Food Science (4 Credits)
  • NTR 503 – Nutritional Metabolism II: Micronutrients (3 Credits)
  • NTR 504 – Medical Nutrition Therapy (4 Credits)
  • NTR 507 – Nutrition Counseling Across the Lifespan (3 Credits)
  • NTR 517 – Nutrition and Human Disease (4 Credits)
  • NTR 522 – Current Issues in Nutrition (3 Credits)
  • NTR 551 – Research Methods for the Health Sciences (3 Credits)

Core Master’s Courses

  • NTR 553 – Epidemiology for the Health Sciences (3 Credits)
  • NTR 549 – Nutrition and Disease Management in Pediatrics (3 Credits)
  • NTR 561 – Nutrition Programs & Interventions: Theory & Practice (3 Credits)
  • NTR 562 – Weight Management (3 Credits)
  • NTR 690 – Directed Research I – MS Thesis (3 Credits)
  • NTR 691 – Directed Research II – MS Thesis (3 Credits)


Sage’s small, interactive classes allow students to receive personal attention from experienced faculty in both face-to-face and online formats. The diverse and talented members of the Sage faculty are highly credentialed academicians and dedicated teachers who are also authors, researchers, practitioners and leaders in their fields. They encourage, challenge and support Sage students and provide programs of study that connect the classroom to the world beyond the campus.

Estimated Program Costs

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 1-2 page career goals essay
  • A current resume
  • Suggested deadline for fall admission – April 1
  • Suggested deadline for spring admission – November 1

More Information

Sonya Hauser, PhD, Associate Professor
Graduate Programs Director
[email protected]

Laurel Petersen
Office Coordinator
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