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.

Master of Science

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.

Application Requirements - MS

  1. CV
  2. Personal Statement
    • 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.
  3. Writing Sample
    1. ​This can be a paper you have written for a previous class or for publication.​
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Students pursuing a dual degree with the UK College of Law are required to submit LSAT scores.

The GRE is not required for admission to this program.


Application Deadlines:

​Fall: April 10