The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences (MSNS) program is designed to educate and form servant leaders in the field of health and wellness. With a Dietetic Internship option and a Thesis option, the Nutritional Sciences MS degree program allows students to customize curriculum to fit their career goals and interests.
Students pursuing their master’s in nutrition at FranU will also experience the Nutrition Skills Lab and Simulation Environment Teaching Hospital (SETH), a state-of-the-art simulated learning environment where students can complete computer-based task training or virtual reality simulation.
With diverse simulation suites and a number of debriefing rooms, students will find FranU’s facilities play a crucial role in our efforts to provide students with collaborative, hands-on learning experiences
Graduates can pursue careers as registered dietitians nutritionists (RDN) or nutrition and dietetic practitioners in various settings, as well as careers in food research, menu development, wellness, exercise and other related health practices.
Nutritional sciences majors can choose to complete the Dietetics Internship (DI) or a Thesis. The DI option is primarily for students who want to become registered dietitians nutritionists (RDNs), while the Thesis option is geared toward students who are already RDNs, students completing a stand-alone dietetic internship program, or students who are not seeking RDN status but wish to pursue a master’s degree in nutritional sciences.
In addition, LSU Didactic Program in Dietetics students may be chosen for early admission to the FranU MS in nutritional sciences program. Find out more about the LSU pre-select criteria.
The nutritional sciences program is a 36 credit Master of Science degree program. Students in the MSNS program will follow a curriculum that builds a solid foundation in nutritional sciences with courses including methods of nutrition assessment, nutrition education and counseling, community nutrition and policy and a capstone in nutrition.
In addition to this core curriculum, students will complete a DI internship or Thesis, rounding out their studies and providing opportunities for hands-on experience or advanced research in the field.
Complete in 17 months - The MS in nutritional science is a full-time program consisting of 36 credits and can be completed in as few as 17 months, including the Dietetic Internship.
No GRE required - Students can apply and enroll in the program without having to complete the Graduate Readiness Exam.
Online options - While this is primarily an in-person program, and students will complete internship rotations in Baton Rouge, students can also opt to take many courses online. *The thesis track is 100% online, while the DI track is blended - most graduate courses are online but some in this track are face-to-face primarily for the skills lab/simulation component of the program
Interprofessional collaboration - Master’s in nutritional sciences students will have the chance to work collaboratively with students in the Physician Assistant Studies program, the Family Nurse Practitioner program and the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Intern rotation - Interns rotate through diverse settings, including hospitals, clinical and management settings, food service and administrative sites, community-based settings and entrepreneur and private practices.
Local preceptor training - Students will receive training on utilizing telehealth, conducting swallow screens, inserting nasogastric feeding tubes, conducting point-of-care laboratory tests, completing routine health screening assessments and more.
A path to becoming an RDN - By completing the DI program and Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences, students will meet the requirements to sit for the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists. Upon passage of the RDN exam, the graduate will be credentialed as an RDN.
MSNS-DI Admissions Requirements
A new cohort of MS in nutritional science students begins each fall semester. The MSNS-DI program follows FranU’s academic calendar. Admission requirements* include:
Student is currently enrolled in an ACEND-accredited undergraduate Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or has graduated from such a program within the last five years.
Student possesses a Verification Statement from the DPD Director OR student is in the final year of the DPD program with intent to graduate the following spring or summer prior to the fall semester when the MSNS-DI program starts.
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Minimum DPD GPA of 3.2.
Documented evidence of service and leadership through work and/or volunteer experiences.
*The GRE is not required for admission into the program.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
The Nutritional Sciences Dietetic Internship Program is granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312-899-0040 ext. 5400.
Note: Prospective students should visit the State Authorization page to verify that Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is authorized to offer online courses and programs in your respective state. Prior to enrollment, students are also encouraged to visit their state educational agency or licensing board to ascertain whether or not they can utilize their degree program for additional compensation, initial licensing or renewal, as well as any other benefits.
With support from the Louisiana State Board of Regents and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, FranU is proud to announce the 2021 FMOL Sisters Graduate Scholarship recipients from the MSNS program.
Kathryn Fakier, PhD, RDN, LDN
Program Director, Nutritional Sciences
Aimee Serio, MS, RDN, LDN
Director of Clinical Education, Dietetic Internship
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited MSNS-DI program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.
In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements click here.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here.
|NUTR 5310 - Community Nutrition Policies, Programs, and Services||3|
|IPGC 6320 - Research Methods in the Health Sciences||3|
|NUTR 5305 - Advanced Methods of Nutrition Assessment||3|
|NUTR 5305L - Advanced Methods of Nutrition Assessment Lab||1|
|Semester Credit Hours||10|
|NUTR 5320 - Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy||3|
|IPGC 6315 - Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology||3|
|NUTR 5325 - Advanced Food Systems and Food Security||3|
|5710 - Dietetic Practicum I||4|
|Semester Credit Hours||13|
|NUTR 6310 - Nutrition Education and Counseling Techniques||3|
|6710 - Dietetic Practicum III||2|
|NUTR 6915 - Capstone Research Project||2|
|Semester Credit Hours||7|
*Core classes taught across graduate curriculum within the School of Health Professions
Didactic courses = 1 credit hour = 15 hours
Supervised practice courses = 1 credit hour = 180 hours