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Master of Science in Nutrition with a Specialization in Applied Nutrition Online

Help others achieve their health and wellness goals while improving lives with an accelerated online M.S. in Nutrition – Applied Nutrition.


Start Date:

12/21/22
1/17/23

Master of Science in Nutrition with a Specialization in Applied Nutrition

Program Overview

Get to know our 100% online Master of Science in Nutrition Program

Lamar Online Degree Tuition Cost
$9,720*
Total Program Cost
Lamar Program Duration
12 months
Program Duration
Degree Credit Hours Required
30
Credit Hours

Open doors to new career options with the Lamar University M.S. in Nutrition – Applied Nutrition online. This affordable applied nutrition program is complementary to higher-level positions in career fields such as nursing, education, community leadership, food services and elder health care.

No matter your background, our streamlined admission process can help you get started right away and finish in as few as 12 months. Also, with five elective choices, you can tailor your nutrition degree to your career goals. Electives include Sports Nutrition, Nutrition in Pregnancy and Infancy, Food Principles and Preparation, Nutrition in Aging, Eating Disorders, and more.

Our 100% online curriculum develops your abilities to meet client needs and solve health challenges. You will learn about the role of nutrition in health, including the physiologic, social, cultural and economic factors that contribute to nutrition needs and concerns. This program also builds on your communication abilities, helping you to provide effective nutrition counseling and education to individuals or groups.

Students who do not have a degree from a related field may be required to take up to 9 credit hours of co-requisites. Applicants who have a conferred undergraduate degree in the following fields require no leveling courses: biology, dietetics, exercise science, health, kinesiology, nursing or nutrition. These particular professions require no leveling courses: dentists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

The undergraduate program in nutrition-dietetics at Lamar University is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Please Note: This master's degree does not provide the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics verification statement.

In this online M.S. in Nutrition – Applied Nutrition, you will:

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Tuition

Learn more about our affordable tuition

Below is the tuition breakdown for the online M.S. in Nutrition – Applied Nutrition. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

$9,720 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

In addition to textbooks, some courses may require ancillary course materials that may range up to $150 each. Use of additional resources are at the discretion of each professor.

Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

 

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Calendar

View the upcoming dates and deadlines for our online Nutrition degree

Our online M.S. in Nutrition – Applied Nutrition features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:12/21/22
Start Class:1/17/23

8 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 2 10/19/2022 09/28/2022 10/05/2022 10/10/2022 12/06/2022
Spring I 01/17/2023 12/21/2022 01/03/2023 01/09/2023 03/07/2023
Spring II 03/08/2023 02/15/2023 02/22/2023 02/27/2023 05/02/2023

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Admissions

These are the qualifications for our online Masters of Science in Nutrition degree

Lamar University’s online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.

Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor's degree from an accredited university is required.

Cumulative GPA of 2.5

Co-Requisite Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the necessary prerequisites as prescribed for the Master of Science in Nutrition – Applied Nutrition. In some instances, leveling coursework may be required if undergraduate course transcripts do not provide sufficient evidence for successful mastery of cognitive and/or practical applied skills and abilities as related to the program. All leveling courses are taken online.

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

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Submit electronically to [email protected]

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Courses

Read about our Master of Nutrition online classes

The M.S. in Nutrition – Applied Nutrition online program consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours), which includes 9 hours of core coursework, 6 hours of concentration courses, and 15 hours of electives. Students with undergraduate degrees in a field not related to nutrition or health may be required to take additional leveling courses.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) can receive up to 6 hours of graduate credit in the M.S. in Nutrition program.

Proof of current RDN registration must be provided to the M.S. in Nutrition program director after acceptance into the program to receive credit. The 6 credit hours in lieu of coursework credit hours are for the following courses:

  • NUTR 5309 – The Energy Nutrients
  • NUTR 5332 – Vitamins & Minerals
(Up to 9 hours) This applies to students who do not have a B.S. in Nutrition or closely related field (health-related, biology, or exercise science):
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to nutrition including functions, sources, characteristics and recommended intake of nutrients; digestion; absorption and metabolism; special needs during various phases of the life cycle; diet therapy and patient assessment, education, and counseling.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Activities and responsibilities of the community nutritionist including needs assessment, program development, communication, identifying public policy issues and working with the media. Students apply principles of nutrition education in a variety of community settings. Prerequisite: NUTR 1322 with a minimum grade of D
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Physiological, biochemical and sociological factors that affect nutrient requirements and recommendations over the life cycle.
Required M.S. in Nutrition Program Core (9 hours)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of the scientific method and its application to the study of nutrition-based research.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of statistical theory with application of quantitative and qualitative techniques commonly used in Kinesiology research. Offered: Spring.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Integration of learning from previous coursework and enhancement of leadership skills. Utilizing both instruction and self-guided learning, students develop and report on a tangible project addressing community nutrition needs or an area of interest of the student.
Applied Nutrition Concentration: Required Courses (6 hours)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In-depth study of communication and counseling skills utilized in conducting nutrition education to individuals and groups in community clinic settings. Requires case study presentation utilizing a transdisciplinary, developmental problem-solving model as a learning framework to enhance critical-thinking skills.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of global cultures and eating habits. Exploration of health and well-being as affected by food and culture.
Elective Courses (choose 5 for 15 hours)
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In-depth study of the macronutrients, the major building blocks of life. Sources, classification, functions, digestion, absorption, metabolism, and excretion of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Coverage of the major energy-generating pathways. Emphasis on various categories of macronutrients as related to health. Metabolism and health effects of alcohol.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Integration of student’s knowledge on a variety of disease conditions and the intervention of medical nutrition therapies. Emphasis is placed on understanding energy expenditure, body composition, and changes during physiological stress, illness, and chronic disease. Core elements are applied in the study of various disease states and medical nutrition therapy.  Prerequisites: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a continuation of NUTR 5311 and will continue to explore the integration of student’s knowledge on a variety of conditions and the medical nutrition therapy interventions. Emphasis is placed on understanding energy expenditure, body composition, and changes during the acute and chronic disease states. Core elements are applied in the study of various disease states and medical nutrition therapy.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasis on the specific micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, as related to health. Sources, classification, functions, digestion, absorption, metabolism, and excretion. Vitamin/mineral deficiency and toxicity. Assessment of micronutrient status.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Principles of food science including food evaluation, food laboratory experiments, research methods, food sanitation and safety, and government food regulations. Physical and chemical properties of food including food preparation, processing, packaging, and food biotechnology.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Institutional menu planning and quantity food production principles. Quality assurance, layout and product flow, food procurement, human and financial resources in the institutional setting.  Prerequisites: NUTR 5317 with a minimum grade of C.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasis on science-based literature of popular complementary and alternative nutrition therapies, including phytonutrients, functional foods, herbals, botanicals, and dietary supplements. Nontraditional medical practices commonly used to improve health will also be covered. The safety, efficacy, and standardization of dietary supplements will be discussed.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Role of nutrition in health during the preconception period, gestation, embryonic and fetal development, lactation, and the first year of life. Focus on conditions that require special nutrition concern.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Role of nutrition in successful aging. Study of physiologic, social and economic factors that contribute to nutrition needs and concerns of older adults.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of current research regarding strategies for management of overweight issues and obesity.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Cause, identification, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Students learn screening techniques appropriate for identifying individuals with eating disorders.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The role of nutrition is discussed as it relates to athletic performance and physical activity.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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