An online graduate degree to help you answer your calling

Samford’s online Master of Science in Nutrition prepares students and dietitians for positions in health care, community, education, research, and leadership in nutrition programs.

Students choose a concentration in either Clinical Nutrition or General Nutrition, and they are required to complete a capstone/culminating research project in nutrition science, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, or public health. All classes are offered online, and students may pursue either full-time or part-time study.

The course work, research experiences, internships, and certifications prepare students for careers in academia, hospitals, long-term care, schools, wellness programs, industry, government, and public health. Students applying through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application System (DICAS) have the opportunity to complete course work towards a Master of Science in Nutrition and practice experiences necessary to become a Registered Dietitian.

Please note: If you are not currently a registered dietitian or do not hold a bachelor's degree in the field of nutrition, this program does not provide eligibility to sit for the National Registration examination to become a registered dietitian, nor does it provide eligibility to apply to a dietetic internship.

Samford's program will:

  • Provide you with an advanced knowledge of the field of nutrition sciences
  • Improve and strengthen your analytical and research skills
  • Prepare you to take leadership roles in the nutrition profession, influencing and contributing to nutrition services, education, programs and policies
  • Develop your oral and written communication skills for the education of nutrition professionals, allied health professionals, students, clients and others in the general public

Application Process

Application Timeline

  • Application Opens:  November 1, 2021
  • Priority Deadlines
    • January 15 (Admission  decision released before February 15)
    • March 15 (Admission  decision released before April 15)
    • May 15 (Admission  decision released before June 15)
  • Application Closes: June 1, 2022
    • Admission  decision released before July 1
  • Entry Month: August 2022

The application for Samford University's Master of Science in Nutrition will open on Nov. 1, 2021.

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Admission Requirements

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree in any field from a college or university that holds institutional accreditation, or be in the senior year of undergraduate study
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Achieve a C or better in all prerequisite courses from a college or university that holds institutional accreditation. All prerequisite courses must have been completed within 10 years prior to application. Required prerequisite courses include mathematics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology I and II, and introductory nutrition
  • Submit valid GRE, MCAT, or DAT scores (Please note: This entry exam requirement has been waived for the 2021 application cycle.)
    • GRE minimum scores: Verbal, 153: Quantitative, 144; Analytical, 4.0 
    • MCAT equivalent of 492
    • DAT minimum score of 14
  • Submit three letters of reference through the application system. References should be from 1] a current or previous professor, 2] a work supervisor and 3] a registered dietitian or another current or previous professor
  • American citizens who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (Computer) or 80 (Internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Must complete 24 credit hours as a full-time student in a U.S. college or university that holds institutional accreditation. We cannot issue an I-20 for this program at this time.
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $1,000 is required to secure admission into the program. The fee is applied to the first semester’s tuition.
  • Exceptions to any of the admission requirements may be considered on an individual basis.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nutrition, graduates will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of advanced knowledge of nutrition.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and learning of a specialty area in the field of nutrition.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in scientific methodology and critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate effective communication (both oral and written) skills.
  • Demonstrate attributes of professional development consistent with the field of nutrition. 

Plans of Study


Based on the recommendations of the Council on Future Practice Visioning Report of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics released in 2012, the Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR), at its April 2013 meeting decided to move the entry-level registration eligibility education requirements for dietitians, beginning in 2024, from a baccalaureate degree to a minimum of a graduate degree. The need to elevate entry-level Registered Dietitian education to a graduate level is consistent with the knowledge, skills, and research base required in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that many dietitians have advanced degrees and that employment of dietitians is expected to increase an average of 16% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.