College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Nutrition & Food Systems - Graduate


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The field of human nutrition and dietetics is growing and in need of the expertise of graduate level educated practitioners.  The MS in Nutrition and Food Systems program seeks to educate students using a multidisciplinary approach which emphasizes the impact of the food system and diet on human health.  Students will learn strategies to reduce the risk and impact of chronic disease using multi-level approaches from the individual to the policy level.

"Obtaining my MS degree from the University of Kentucky opened an endless amount of doors that set the path for my current and future career. It was during this time I was able to develop both academically and professionally to obtain a competitive advantage in the workforce.”

Jeannie Najor


Master's Program Description

Graduate education leading to a MS in Nutrition and Food Systems and replacing the MS in Hospitality and Dietetics Administration. The 17 hour graduate-level core emphasizes contemporary nutrition topics, such as research methods and health behavior theories, community programming and intervention development, food systems, chronic disease diagnosis and process related to lifestyle behaviors, statistics, and a nutrition and food systems seminar. The Master of Science program prepares students for careers in community, education, government, industry, non-profit, health care or private practice settings. A student may choose the Plan A - Thesis or Plan B - Project.

Master's (MS) Degree - Application Requirements

Nutrition and Food Systems Master's (MS) Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
CV Instructions N/A
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Instructions This document should be one or two pages and can include your background, your preparation and your purpose for going to graduate school, your career goal and your research and teaching interests.
Writing Sample Upload Required Yes
Writing Sample Instructions A professional writing sample is required. This can be a paper you have written for a previous class or for publication.
Assistantship App Available* Yes
Assistantship App URL*
Additional Docs Instructions N/A
GRE Subject Test N/A
Spring App Deadline October 15
Summer App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Fall App Deadline July 1
Number of Recommendations 3 Letters of Recommendation.

*Optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance.

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Admissions Officer Contact Information

Vivian Bowling

201A Gillis Building


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Dr. Sandra Bastin

Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

203A Funkhouser Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0064


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