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M.S. Program in Nutrition

The Master of Science Program in Nutrition prepares students for a wide range of professional positions in either clinical or community nutrition, and for doctoral study in these fields. Graduates of the program may find career opportunities as clinical nutritionists within health-care settings and as nutrition educators in the community. Those graduating from the Dietetic Internship are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to become Registered Dietitians (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully pursue graduate study by having achieved a minimum grade average of B (3.0) in the undergraduate record as a whole and in courses most relevant to the graduate discipline.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Must have completed the following courses and credits (or their equivalents):

In Basic Science: courses in physiology (BIO 181 and 182, or 228), inorganic chemistry (CHE 114 and 115), and organic chemistry (CHE 120 and 121).

In Nutrition: courses in introductory (HSD 240) and advanced nutrition (DFN 445), diet and disease (DFN 348 and 448), and foods (DFN 120 and 220). Deficiencies in undergraduate preparation may be rectified through Lehman's undergraduate program in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition, which is accredited by the ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). http://www.eatright.org/ACEND/content.aspx?id=10905.

Degree Requirements

Each candidate must complete an approved program of study of at least 37 credits that includes the general core courses and approved elective courses, which may include the courses required for the Dietetic Internship (DI) program. The student may elect either to write a thesis or pass a comprehensive examination for a minimum total of 37 credits. At this time, only the comprehensive exam is being offered.

Core Courses: All students are required to take the following courses and credits:

HEA 600 (3), HEA 620 (3), BIO 610 (4) or BIO 644 (4), DFN 610 (3), DFN 620 (3), DFN 641 (3), DFN 651 (3), and DFN 791 (3) (total of 25 credits).

Elective Courses: Students may select from the following courses and credits for a minimum of 12 credits:

DFN 530 (4), 621 (3), 630 (3-6), 661 (3), 692 (3-6), 693 (3-6), 730 (3), 731 (3), 741 (3), 771 (3), 792 (3), 793 (3), 794 (3-6), 795 (3-6), HSD 606, and other courses selected with permission of the Graduate Adviser (total of a minimum of 12 credits).

A maximum of 9 credits from DFN 730 and 731 may be credited toward the requirements for the MS degree for those students completing the DI program.

Admission Requirements to Dietetic Internship Program (DI)

Students who wish to enter the DI must be accepted into Lehman's M.S. in Nutrition Program and then submit an additional application to the DI. Places in the DI are limited and therefore admission into the DI is competitive. Students must conform to the admissions policies of the DI as itemized on the web pages of the DI program (www.lehman.edu/lehman/dietetics ), which includes the computerized matching program administered through "D & D Digital Systems."

Included in the DI application are the following:

  • The ACEND internship application form.
  • Two recommendations on ACEND forms.
  • Original undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts.
  • ADPD Verification Statement attesting to the completion of ACEND-approved coursework equivalent to the undergraduate program in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition.
  • One page personal statement.
  • Application fee.

Applications must be submitted to the DI Director by February 15 for entry into the DI class beginning in the Fall semester.

Interns must complete the following four graduate courses: DFN 641, 651, 661, and HEA 620, concurrent with the DI.

Completion Requirements for Dietetic Internship Program

  • In order to sit for the RD examination, students must be admitted to the M.S. in Nutrition program; submit a separate application to the DI; participate in computer matching; be admitted into the DI; complete four corequisite courses; and complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised preprofessional practice (DFN 730 for 3 semesters), and attend the Concepts and Methods of Dietetics Practice seminar (DFN 731) for 3 semesters or until the requirements are fulfilled. The DI is completed over a three-semester period (12 months).
  • A verification statement for completion of the DI will be granted following successful completion (with a mean GPA of at least 3.0) of DFN 641 (3), 651 (3), 661 (3), HEA 620 (3), 730 (9), and 731 (9).
  • Completion of the master's program is not required for completion of the Dietetic Internship.

Last modified: 8/4/2015