M.S. at The School of Health Sciences
The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition graduate program at the School of Health Sciences at The Sage Colleges 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.
Applicants to the program must meet the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate Schools. A G.P.A. of 3.0 or above is required for consideration into the program. There is no deadline for submission of applications.
Students who Hold a B.S. Degree in Nutrition or Closely-Related Field with Graduate Credits: M.S. 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 M.S. degree at Sage. Transferred credits must be a “B” or better.
Registered Dietitians with Graduate Credits: M.S. 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: M.S. 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: M.S. 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.
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.
The M.S. program has three options:
- M.S./D.I. combined program for students who complete the Sage Dietetic Internship Program. All courses are offered online.
- M.S. option for students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or closely related field. All courses are offered online.
- M.S. option for students who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or closely related field. This course of study includes a number of courses to be completed onsite on the Russell Sage College’s Troy campus.
Interested in Becoming a Dietitian?
The M.S. in Applied Nutrition program does not lead to 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.