Nutritional Science and Dietetics
Application Deadlines
Fall:March 1
Winter:June 30
Spring:March 1
Summer:March 1
Contact Information: 
S-227 ESC
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.

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)
  • Required Core Courses:  NDFS 620R, 621, 622, 637, 638, 691R, STATS 511 (17 credits)
  • Additional requirements:  Minimum of 6 credits from the following NDFS 425, 601, 602, 633, 634, 635
  • Elective Courses:  Minimum of 4 credits from NDFS courses or other related courses
  • 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), or,

• 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 deliever 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