Nutritional Science and Dietetics
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Winter:June 30
Spring:January 15
Summer:January 15
Contact Information: 
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Program Requirements: 

The MS program in Nutritional Science and Dietetics offers two tracks. The nutritional science track is designed to prepare graduate students for doctoral programs and professional school (medicine, podiatry, physician's assistant, dental). Graduates are also employed in government, industry, community, and not for profit organizations. Graduates who are registered dietitians are prepared to work in hospitals, dietetics management, or community nutrition.

The dietetics track is designed to meet the supervised practice and course requirements to qualify graduates to take the Registration Examinations for Dietitian and Nutritionists (RDN exam). The dietetics master's track is currently available only to students who completed the BYU didactic program in dietetics (DPD).  Upon graduation and completion of the RDN exam graduates work in multiple areas including hospitals, wellness, large food service operations, business and industry, community health programs, management, and  entrepreneurial or private practice.
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Research opportunities include focus on vitamin or mineral metabolism, muscle energy metabolism, bone metabolism, energy metabolism, nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, management in dietetics, and international or community nutrition.

Requirements for Nutrition Science MS Specialization.

  • Credit hours (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (NDFS 699R)
  • Prerequisites: Recommended courses for students interested in the MS in Nutritional Science program:  NDFS 424, 435; Chem 481
  • Required courses: NDFS 601, 602, 691R, 699R; Stat 511
  • Minor (optional): selected with approval of faculty advisor
  • Examinations: oral examination on course work; and thesis defense
  • Thesis: standard university format or journal publication format.

Requirements for the Dietetics MS Specialization:

  • 32 credit hours (26 credits course work, plus 6 credits project hours)
  • Requirement 1 Core Dietetics Courses: 
    Complete all of the following NDFS 620R (4 credits), 621, 622, 637, 638, 691R (1 credit), (13 credits)
  • Requirement 2 Core Statistics Courses: 
    Complete one of the following:  STATS 511, CPSE/IP&T 651 or Hlth 604 (3 credits)
  • Requirement 3 Project: 
    Complete 6 credits of NDFS 698R
  • Requirement 4 Electives: 
    Choose a minimum of 10 credits from NDFS courses or other related courses

         Requirement 1 Core Dietetic Courses:
         Complete the following courses (13 credits)

         NDFS 620R Supervised Practice Experience, (4 credits)
         NDFS 621 Clinical Practice in Dietetics, (2 credits)
         NDFS 622 Food Systems Management, (2 credits)
         NDFS 637 Advanced Management in Dietetics, (2 credits)
         NDFS 638 Advanced Clinical Nutrition, (2 credits)
         NDFS 691R Graduate Seminar, (minimum 1 credit, maximum of 2 credits count toward 32 credits)

         Requirement 2 Core Statistics Course:
         Complete one of the following courses (3 credits)

         STATS 511 Statistical Methods for Research 1 (3 credits)
         CPSE/IP&T 651 Statistic 1:  Foundations (3 credits)
         HLTH 604 Principles of Biostatistics (3 credits)

         Requirement 3 Project: 
         Complete 6 credit hours

         NDFS 698R (6 credits)

         Requirement 4 Electives: 
         Complete 10 credits from the following NDFS courses or other project related university courses

         NDFS 435 Nutritional Biochemistry  (4 credits)
         NDFS 601 Advanced Human Nutrition 1 (3 credits)
         NDFS 602 Advanced Human Nutrition 2 (3 credits)
         NDFS 631R Special Topics (v)
         NDFS 631R Gerontology (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Diabetes (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Diet and Cardiovascular disease (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Eating Disorders (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Current Controversies (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R International Nutrition (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Minerals (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Vitamins (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Protein (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Sports Nutrition (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Bone Health (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Diet and Cancer (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Maternal/Child Nutrition & Health (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Nutrition Education (2 credits)
         NDFS 631R Advanced Topics Human Obesity (2 credits)

Course from other departments related to project (credits vary)

  • 1,200 hours supervised practice
  • Project: project proposal, implementation of project, final project report 698R (6 credits)
Admission Requirements: 

Required Tests

GRE preferred; MCAT, GMAT, DAT, LSAT

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Completion of IELTS or TOEFL if non-English speaking
  • Correct completion of BYU Graduate Studies application, including letters of recommendation
Program Outcomes: 

Integrate Science Into Practice

Identify and solve problems by thinking critically and integrating scientific information and research into practice (CRDN 1.1-1.6)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Research Design and Methods

Develop and conduct scientific research using appropriate design and ethical principles.


Demonstrate professionalism by actively participating in teams, using professional communications, acting ethically, following pertinent regulations, and conducting self-assessment. (CRDN 2.1-2.15)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Evaluate Evidence for the Role of Nutrition in Human Health

Critically evaluate, summarize, and present evidence for the role of nutrition in optimizing human health and preventing, managing, or treating chronic diseases.

Clinical and Customer Service

Develop and deliver appropriate information, products, and services to individuals, groups, and populations. (CRDN 3.1-3.10)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Management and Use of Resources

Strategically apply principles of management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations. (CRDN 4.1-4.10)*

*2017 ACEND Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics


Analyze the application of leadership in the nutrition and dietetics field (LDI 5.1-5.3)*

*2017 ACEND Self-selected Concentration Area Standards for Internship Programs in Nutrition and Dietetics

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 11
International 0
Female 8
LDS 11
Non-White 2
BYU Undergraduate 10
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 308.0
GRE Quantitative Score 151.9
GRE Quantitative Percentile 47.0
GRE Verbal Score 156.1
GRE Verbal Percentile 69.8
GRE Analytical Score 4.1
GRE Analytical Percentile 63.5
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 1.6
Graduated Per Year 2.5
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 6.8
Admitted Per Year 5.5
Percent Admitted 80.88
Average GPA 3.75