Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

The online MS in NUIP is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in nutrition, dietetics or health sciences. The program focuses on advanced training and education in nutritional biochemistry, macro and micronutrient metabolism, nutrition communications and research methods. The flexibility of the online program is perfect for the professional student who is trying to balance working along with obtaining an advanced degree.  

At the University of Utah our courses combine traditional online learning – where you study individually at home at your own pace – with interactive learning. Interactive learning increases your engagement with classmates and instructor, as well as with the materials covered. In this manner it improves learning outcomes. Our courses combine the flexibility of online teaching with the advantages and direct engagement of traditional teaching.

Interactive learning comes in a variety of ways:

  • Through group assignments– where you collaborate via email or a discussion forum to answer a problem set.
  • Through contributions to a discussion forum– where you directly respond to previous posts.
  • Through “peer reviews”– where you review and comment upon assignments from other students.

Our classes also offer multiple routes to stay connected and get help:

  • Converse directly with the instructor via email.
  • Participate in and guide online discussions.
  • Attend online office hours in discussion threads or on the phone.
  • Instructors are available in “real” office hours for students on or near campus; and (for some courses) we offer (voluntary) Q&A sessions in a classroom.

M.S. Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

To be considered for admission to the program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in a health-related field from a regionally-accredited university or college with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of credit work.

Students must also successfully complete requirements for dietetic registration by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (i.e., RD status) OR successfully complete at least:

  • One course in each of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Anatomy or Physiology.
  • Two courses in nutrition (one course being Advanced Nutrition)
  • Those interested in nutrition for fitness and sport concentration also need one course in exercise physiology.

To calculate an estimate of tuition costs please use the University of Utah Tuition Calculator.  Tuition for online courses is based on residency and is the same whether you take an online or on campus course. Online students do pay an additional $60 fee, per course, to cover the costs of operating online courses.

  • Average salary for dietitian or nutritionist with an MS degree is $61,000 per year at entry (United States) and $57, 590 in Utah. 
  • The career potential for RDs is vast.  Those who work in industry or food service management tend to make over $100,000 per year after obtaining at least 3 years of experience. Those in clinical positions can achieve this level by advancing to management positions (which typically require a MS).  Many dietitians work in private practice, which offers options for increased salary per hour.  Others work in hospital systems with excellent benefits and more modest salaries. For more robust information see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at eatright.org .

Prospective students must complete and submit the following:

  • Online Application: Complete your application using the Apply Yourself portal.
  • Statement of Purpose: 500-1000 words identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academics policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose.
  • Professional Resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience and education history.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Written by individuals with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague.
  • In the Comment Section: List prerequisite courses completed prior to the beginning of the program and indicate you are applying for the MS non-RDN program.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The GRE is encouraged, but not required.
  • Official Undergraduate Degree Documentation: Transcripts from all attended institutions uploaded to ApplyYourself.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language.

MS in NUIP Application Deadlines


 February 15


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Credits Required

Students complete 39 credits to earn the degree—21 credits of core courses and 18 credits of elective courses.

Time to Completion

Students can move at a pace appropriate to their personal and professional circumstances, but the program is designed to be completed in 2 years of full time status.

Questions?

For more information, please contact the Nutrition and Integrative Physiology Advisor.

Katherine A. Beals, PhD, RD, FACSM, CSSD
Director of MS Online 
Phone: (801) 581-5916
Email: katherine.beals@hsc.utah.edu

Last Updated: 11/13/19