Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Catherine Christie

Graduate Program Director

(904) 620-1202

Building 39, Room 3051

Dr. Claudia Sealey-Potts

Internship Coordinator

(904) 620-1429

Building 39, Room 3048
Application Information

Applications are accepted fall, spring, and summer terms. 

For information on programs operating on 8-week terms, please visit

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . March 15

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nutrition from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.

Additional program requirements:

  1. Official transcripts from all attended institutions
  2. GRE scores (Institutional Code: 5490)
    • Prior to July 1, 2011:     combined score of 1000
    • After July 1, 2011:         153 verbal, 144 quantitative
    • OR three (3) years of professional experience in nutrition and/or dietetics  
  3. Letter of intent
    • 3 pages in length maximum
    • double-spaced with 1" margins
    • describe professional experiences and goals
    • describe how UNF's master's program is aligned with your goals
    • describe the qualities you think are most predictive of successful completion of an online master's program 
    • Click here for instructions on how to submit your letter of intent.
Applicants not meeting the 3 years of full time work experience in nutrition and dietetics may contact Dr. Catherine Christie for additional admission criteria options including the GRE.


Students should be aware that admission into any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students meeting minimum requirements may be denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion. Likewise, students may be considered for admission as an exception if stated admissions criteria are not met.



For more information on how to apply click here.

Additional requirements for International applicants can be found here.

Program Overview

This degree is designed for those students who wish to emphasize the application of advanced nutrition knowledge in clinical or community based health programs. There are three options to this 43-semester hour program:


Thesis option

The Master of Science in Nutrition thesis option allows students to pursue an independent research project as a culminating experience in their master’s program.

Non-Thesis option

The Master of Science in Nutrition non-thesis option allows students to complete 12 pre-approved credits through a series of project, field experience, and independent study courses.


These two options are designed for Registered Dietitians who wish to pursue graduate training with an emphasis in clinical or community dietetics. Persons with a bachelor’s in nutrition or dietetics that is older than seven years will receive a course by course evaluation to determine needed prerequisites after application is made to the program.


A distance learning (DL) option for the MSH/Nutrition thesis and MSH/Nutrition non-thesis programs will become available Fall 2012.


Clinical Practicum (Internship) option 

The third option, is the Master of Science in Nutrition clinical practicum or internship option (MS/DI), which enables graduates from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) approved didactic programs in dietetics to fulfill the requirement for a pre-professional practice experience and become eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination. This MS/DI also participates in the ACEND ISPP (Individualized Supervised Practice Program).


The Dietetic Internship at the University of North Florida has been granted Accreditation by:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association (formerly known as the American Dietetic Association)

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000

Chicago, IL 60606-6995

Phone: 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.

Fifteen students are admitted each fall to this 4-semester, full-time program. Students must complete both the Master’s Degree and Internship experience in order to receive a verification statement and sit for the National Registration Examination. 

Concentrations Offered • Nutrition
Special Notes about the Program

The Internship component of the Nutrition MSH program requires a separate application and students must participate in the D & D Computer Matching process for internship admission.

You may get information about the D&DComputer Matching process from the BSH/DPD Nutrition Program Director or D&D Digital Systems at:

Suite 301, 304 Main Street

Ames, IA 50010

Phone (515) 292-0490

Fax     (515) 663-9427

Curriculum and Requirements Nutrition Curriculum
Program Policies
Total Program
Credit Hours
Average Length
of the Program
Two years
Approximate Enrollment 30
Community Connections The Nutrition program has one of the strongest community internship programs at UNF, with rotation sites at Shands Hospital, Orange Park Medical Center, St. Vincent 's Hospital, Flagler Hospital, Memorial Medical Center, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Baptist Medical Center, Duval County Public Health Department WIC Sites, Medical Nutrition Therapy of Florida, Inc., Jacksonville Children's Commission, AHEC, Jacksonville Senior Services, UNF Child Development Research Center, High Intensity Training Center, Shands Diabetes Center, Baptist Pediatrics, River Garden Hebrew Home, Nemours Children's Hospital, and Wekiva Springs