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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nutrition Major, MS


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The Master of Science program is available with a major in Nutrition and concentrations in Biomedical Nutrition Science, Community Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, and Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. Students may also select from related minors including Epidemiology, Exercise Physiology, Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics and Data Science, or One Health. Completion of an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program is required for students who wish to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians and, beginning January 1, 2024, a minimum of a master’s degree will be an additional requirement. Any of the available concentrations will meet the new master’s degree requirement. Additionally, the concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics meets all requirements as it has been granted accreditation as a Future Education Model Graduate Program by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040.

Concentrations (Required) and Options Available


Biomedical Nutrition Science — Thesis Option, Project Without Comprehensive Exam Option, 5-Year BS-MS

Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics — Coursework Only Without Comprehensive Exam Option                                               

Community Nutrition – Project Without Comprehensive Exam Option

Public Health Nutrition — Thesis Option, Project Option

Campus Code


Knoxville Campus

Distance Education - Currently, the Community Nutrition concentration is the only concentration available for the DE option.

Admissions Standards/Procedures


  • A complete file for review includes:
    • Graduate Application for Admission
    • Completed departmental application form
    • Three Graduate Rating Forms completed by individuals who can attest to the applicant’s potential for graduate education.
  • More information is provided on the Department of Nutrition page of this catalog.
  • For those lacking only the introductory nutrition prerequisite, the student will be required to complete this or a similar class upon admission to our program.

Biomedical Nutrition Science Concentration — Thesis


A graduate student in the Biomedical Nutrition Science concentration (thesis option) works closely with a faculty advisor and his or her graduate committee on an original research project. This program prepares students for careers in biomedical research, as laboratory technicians, research assistants, technical consultants, and sales representatives in the biomedical and nutrition industries.

Credit Hours Required


30 graduate credit hours

Required Courses


Non-Course Requirements


  • Completion of a research project is required.
  • A proposal hearing is required prior to beginning the research project.
  • A thesis defense is required upon completion of the thesis.

Biomedical Nutrition Science Concentration — Project Without Comprehensive Exam


A graduate degree in Biomedical Nutrition Science concentration (project option) can lead to excellent careers and professional opportunities in the applied, industrial, research, and academic health sectors. This program prepares students who do not wish to engage in wet-lab research for careers as consultants, sales representatives, and other positions in the biomedical and nutrition industries.

Credit Hours Required


30 graduate credit hours

Required Courses


Non-Course Requirements


A project, typically a review of the literature, is required for completion of the program.

Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration — Coursework Only Without Comprehensive Exam Option


Clinical nutrition and dietetics students must have completed the BS in Nutrition, Dietetics concentration, at the University of Tennessee with the inclusion of HRT 445 and NUTR 426.

Community Nutrition Concentration - Project Without Comprehensive Exam Option


A master’s degree in Nutrition with the Community Nutrition concentration from the University of Tennessee can lead to excellent careers and professional opportunities in the public, voluntary, and private health sectors. Students in this concentration will be trained in competencies needed to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and to work in the community in a variety of roles (including as nutrition educators, WIC nutritionists, worksite health and wellness coaches, wellness program coordinators) and settings (including public health department, community agencies, and in Extension programs [such as SNAP or EFNEP]).

In addition to departmental requirements provided on the Department of Nutrition page of this catalog, prerequisites to this program include completion of an undergraduate human nutrition survey course, an undergraduate human physiology course, and an undergraduate statistics course. For those lacking only the undergraduate nutrition prerequisite, the student will be required to complete this or a similar class upon admission to our program.

Credit Hours Required


30 graduate credit hours

Required Courses


Non-Course Requirements


  • A project, typically a review of the literature, is required for completion of the program.

Public Health Nutrition Concentration — Thesis


A graduate student works closely with a faculty advisor and his or her graduate committee on an original research project and completes an 8-week block field experience in a public health or community nutrition agency.

Credit Hours Required


43 graduate credit hours

Required Courses


Non-Course Requirements


  • Completion of a research project is required.
  • A proposal hearing is required prior to beginning the research project.
  • An oral comprehensive examination is required upon completion of the thesis.

Public Health Nutrition Concentration — Project


A graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Tennessee can lead to excellent careers and professional opportunities in the public, voluntary, and private health sectors.

Credit Hours Required


40 graduate credit hours

Required Courses


Non-Course Requirements


  • A written comprehensive examination is required for completion of the program.
  • A service learning project must be completed as part of the block field practicum.
  • A poster presentation is required for completion of the program.

Five-Year BS/MS Program - Nutrition Major, MS – Biomedical Nutrition Science Concentration


For qualified students, the Department of Nutrition offers a 5-year BS/MS accelerated degree program with a major in Nutrition and a concentration in Biomedical Nutrition Science. Central to this program is that a qualified student may take up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both the BS degree and the MS degree. Students will be considered for conditional admission to the program by the end of their junior year of undergraduate study at UT. Students can choose from a project option or a thesis option, based on their original research. Those who choose the thesis option will begin working on their research project not later than the beginning of their senior year of undergraduate studies by enrolling in NUTR 493 and/or NUTR 499. For each student in the program, a graduate advisory committee composed of a minimum of three faculty members must be established before completion of Term 7. To be considered for conditional admission to the program:

A student must be a declared Nutrition major, Biomedical Nutrition Science Concentration, with a minimum GPA of 3.30, must have completed at least 15 credit hours of Nutrition courses, and must have completed at least 90 credit hours of the 120 credit hours of coursework required for the BS degree with a major in Nutrition.

A student must provide three letters of support from Nutrition faculty members serving on the graduate and undergraduate committees

A student must obtain a commitment from a Nutrition graduate research faculty member to serve as their graduate mentor-advisor (i.e., major professor) and as the chair of their graduate advisory committee.

The Department may consider other relevant factors such as an applicant’s work experience and level of maturity before conditionally admitting a student to the BS/MS program. Conditional admission of a student into the 5-year BS/MS program must be approved by both the Department of Nutrition and the Graduate School. Students will be typically informed of the outcome of their application before they start their senior year of undergraduate study.

Any graduate course taken before satisfying all requirements for the BS degree must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate School. These graduate courses must be identified in advance in consultation with the undergraduate advisor and the graduate advisory committee.

A student that is conditionally admitted to the BS-MS program may complete up to 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework during the student’s undergraduate study and apply those 9 graduate credit hours to satisfy both the BS degree requirements and also the MS degree requirements, provided that these graduate credit hours were approved by both the Department and by the Graduate School.

The form “Nutrition Conditional Admission 5 Year BS-MS” is available from the Director of Graduate Studies and must be completed and signed by the undergraduate advisor, undergraduate coordinator, and graduate advisory committee by May 1st of their junior year. After review by the Department, the form will be signed by the Director of Graduate Studies and submitted to the Graduate School for approval and processing.

To receive graduate credit for the 9 credit hours listed on the Nutrition Conditional Admission Form and approved by their graduate advisory committee, and others granting approval by signing that form, the student must complete and submit the Senior Requesting Graduate Credit Form to the Graduate School. If the graduate courses are to be taken during different semesters, the student will need to submit this form per each relevant semester.

Conditional admission into the BS/MS program does not guarantee acceptance into either the Graduate School or the MS program. Students in the BS/MS program must submit an application for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and to the MS program during their senior year of undergraduate study for the term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate study, following the same procedures of all other student applicants. Students will be fully admitted to the MS program after they have been accepted both by the Graduate School and by the Nutrition Department. Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.

Five-Year BS/MS Program - Nutrition Major, MS – Community Nutrition Concentration


For qualified students, the Department of Nutrition offers a 5-year BS/MS accelerated degree program with a major in Nutrition and a concentration in Community Nutrition. Central to this program is that a qualified student may take up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both the BS degree and the MS degree. Students will be considered for conditional admission to the program by the end of their junior year of undergraduate study at UT. Students can choose from a project option without comprehensive exam or a course-only, without comprehensive exam option. Those who choose the project option will begin working on their project not later than Term 6 of undergraduate studies by enrolling in NUTR 493 with Public Health Nutrition faculty. For each student in the program, a graduate advisory committee composed of a minimum of three faculty members must be established before completion of Term 7. To be considered for conditional admission to the program:

A student must be a declared Nutrition major, Community Nutrition Concentration, with a minimum GPA of 3.30, must have completed at least 15 credit hours of Nutrition courses, and must have completed at least 90 credit hours of the 120 credit hours of coursework required for the BS degree with a major in Nutrition.

A student must provide three letters of support from three Community Nutrition faculty members.

A student must obtain a commitment from a Nutrition graduate research faculty member to serve as their graduate mentor-advisor (i.e., major professor) and as the chair of their graduate advisory committee.  

The Department may consider other relevant factors such as an applicant’s work experience before conditionally admitting a student to the BS/MS accelerated degree program (Community Nutrition Concentration). Conditional admission of a student into the 5-year BS/MS accelerated degree program must be approved by both the Department of Nutrition and the Graduate School. Students will be typically informed of the outcome of their application before they start their senior year of undergraduate study.

Any graduate course taken before satisfying all requirements for the BS degree must be approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee, the Director of the Program in Public Health Nutrition, the Department Director of Graduate Studies, and the Graduate School. These graduate courses must be identified in advance in consultation with the undergraduate advisor and the graduate advisory committee.

A student that is conditionally admitted to the BS-MS accelerated degree program may complete up to 9 credit hours of graduate level coursework during the student’s undergraduate study and apply those 9 credit hours to satisfy both the BS degree requirements and also the MS degree requirements, provided that these graduate credit hours were approved by both the Department and by the Graduate School. 

The form “Nutrition Conditional Admission 5 Year BS-MS is available from the Director of Graduate Studies and must be completed and signed by the undergraduate advisor, undergraduate coordinator, and graduate advisory committee by May 1st of their junior year. After review by the Department, the form will be signed by the Director of Graduate Studies and submitted to the Graduate School for approval and processing.

To receive graduate credit for the 9 credit hours listed on the Nutrition Conditional Admission Form and approved by their graduate advisory committee, and others granting approval by signing that form, the student must complete and submit the Senior Requesting Graduate Credit Form to the Graduate School. If the graduate courses are to be taken during different semesters, the student will need to submit this form per each relevant semester.

Conditional admission into the BS/MS accelerated degree program does not guarantee acceptance into either the Graduate School or the MS program. Students in the BS/MS accelerated degree program (Community Nutrition Concentration) must submit an application for admission to the Office of Graduate Admissions and to the MS program during their senior year of undergraduate study for the fall term immediately following the completion of their undergraduate study, following the same procedures of all other student applicants. Students will be fully admitted to the MS program after they have been accepted both by the Graduate School and by the Nutrition Department. Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.

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