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*Enrollments in Food and Nutrition, concentrations in Nutritional Sciences and Hospitality and Tourism Administration (M.S.), have been suspended indefinitely.

The School of Human Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in Food and Nutrition with three concentration options: community nutrition, hospitality and tourism administration, and nutritional sciences. For program details not included in this description, prospective students may visit coas.siu.edu.

This program requires a nonrefundable $65 application fee that must be submitted with the application for Admissions to Graduate Study in Food and Nutrition. Applicants may pay this fee by credit card if applying electronically. Applicants submitting a paper application must pay by personal check, cashier’s check, or money order made out to SIU, and payable to a U.S. Bank.

Community Nutrition Concentration

The Master of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition with a concentration in community nutrition is coordinated with the Dietetic Internship Program. The curriculum is designed to provide advanced study in community nutrition and public health/nutrition policy and provide 1200 hours of supervised practice (dietetic internship). Students who successfully complete the master’s degree coursework and the 1200 hours of dietetic internship must be verified by the program director to then be eligible to write the registration examination for dietitians. In addition to master’s degree work, students complete an accredited dietetic internship that qualifies them to take the registration examination for dietitians. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) sets Standards of Education for entry-level dietetics education. ACEND® is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education programs recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). Continued recognition by the USDE since 1974 affirms that ACEND® is a reliable authority as to the quality of dietetics education program that it accredits. Programs accredited by ACEND® meet the education requirements established by Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Dietetic Internship program at SIU has been granted accreditation through 2020 by ACEND. In addition to admission requirements below, students need a Verification Statement for having completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics issued by a ACEND-accredited program director.

Admission

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to the program. Everyone, United States citizens and non-citizens alike, must complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by ACEND. ACEND establishes and enforces “Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards” for nutrition/dietetics education. It accredits education programs (including bachelor’s and graduate level Didactic Programs in Dietetics) that prepare students for careers as “Registered Dietitians”. More information about ACEND is available online at eatright.org/acend.

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university (completed within the last 10 years)
  2. Completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) as accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Students should supply appropriate documentation (Verification Statement) from their DPD Directors that is to be submitted with their application.
  3. DICAS. If you have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited by ACEND, you are eligible to participate in the Dietetic Internship Match. Applicants to SIU combined MS/DI program must submit their application through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System at https://www.portal.dicas.org (DICAS Portal).
  4. D&D Matching. Applicants to Dietetic Internships (DI) must register for matching with D&D Digital to create/modify their prioritized list of dietetic internships for computerized matching at D&D Digital (https://www.dnddigital.com). There is a $50 registration fee for matching that is due with prioritized program rankings. SIU’s Match Number is 438. SIU matches only during the spring. Students who match with SIU through the spring matching process are enrolled in SIU’s program in August (fall semester).
  5. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (where 4.0 = A) is required.
  6. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants within the last 5 years.
  7. A score of 300 or higher on combined verbal and quantitative portions of GRE is recommended.
  8. Desire to complete a Master of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition with a concentration in community nutrition combined with a 7 and ½ month dietetic internship with community nutrition emphasis.
  9. International Students who have had their education, training and credentials completed outside of the United States or have not completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics should refer to the following resource: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  10. International students whose native language is not English are required to pass the TOEFL examination with a score of 550 or above. For questions related to education and credentialing requirements for international students, more information is available at International Admissions

Program Completion Requirements

Unless otherwise stated, policies of the University and Graduate School shall establish the minimum requirements for retention in and graduation from the program. This includes a minimum grade point average for graduation of 3.0 (4.0 point scale).

The Community Nutrition concentration requires 39-44 credit hours from the following: FN 540, FN 574, FN 585, ANS 500, FN 530, PH 583, PH 585, HED 593, or HED 583, QUAN 506, FN 581, PH 598, HND 495, FN 580A, FN 580B, FN 580C, FN 599 and/or electives. At least 50% of coursework must be at the 500 level. The thesis option requires a committee composed of at least two program faculty members and one faculty member from outside of department. The research paper option will require a committee composed of at least three faculty members and an additional three credits of elective coursework. The Master’s degree candidates in the thesis or research paper options must pass an oral examination conducted by their committee. The professional track option will require an additional six credits of elective coursework.

Hospitality and Tourism Administration Concentration

Students applying to the hospitality and tourism administration concentration are expected to have an undergraduate degree in hospitality and tourism, business, or closely related field. Students are also expected to have strong academic, analytical, and communication skills. Students applying to the hospitality and tourism administration concentration without a hospitality and tourism degree must pass a comprehensive exam or take three 400-level foundation courses related to their chosen career path.

Admission

Admission is competitive and requires a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 GPA, GRE, GMAT, or MAT, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Selection for the program is recommended by committee and Department Chair to the Graduate School Admissions Office for final evaluation and approval.

Program Completion Requirements

Unless otherwise stated, the policies of the University and of the Graduate School shall establish the minimum requirements for retention in the graduation from the program. This includes a minimum grade point average for graduation of 3.0 (4.0 point scale).

The hospitality and tourism administration concentration requires 31 credit hours from the following: FN 521A, FN 521B, FN 521C, QUAN 506, FN 531, FN 535, FN 561, and either FN 599 or FN 593. At least 50% of coursework must be at the 500 level. The graduate committee will assist with the selection of an additional six credit hours of graduate coursework appropriate for their field of study. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credit hours to graduate. The graduate student’s committee will be composed of at least two departmental faculty members and one faculty member from outside of department. Master’s degree candidates must pass a comprehensive oral examination conducted by their committee, covering all graduate work including their thesis or research paper.

Nutritional Sciences Concentration

Students applying to the nutritional sciences concentration are expected to have an undergraduate degree in biological sciences, such as nutrition, physiology, zoology, or a related field. Students are also expected to have strong academic and analytical skills.

Admission

A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 = A) is recommended for program entrance. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for all applicants. Students should submit a statement of career goals and interest in completing the master’s degree, as well as three letters of recommendation from former professors or employers.

Program Completion Requirements

Unless otherwise stated, the policies of the University and of the Graduate School shall establish the minimum requirements for retention in and graduation from the program. This includes a minimum grade point average for graduation of 3.0 (4.0 point scale). The nutritional sciences concentration requires 12 to 16 credit hours from the following: FN 581, QUAN 506, QUAN 508 or WED 561, FN 599, or FN 593. At least 50% of coursework must be at the 500 level. The graduate committee will assist with the selection of an additional 14 to 18 credit hours of graduate coursework appropriate for their concentration. This concentration requires a minimum of 32 credit hours to graduate. The graduate student’s committee will be composed of at least two departmental faculty members and one faculty member from outside of department. Master’s degree candidates must pass a comprehensive oral examination conducted by their committee, covering all graduate work including their thesis or research paper.