In our dynamic health care environment, it is essential for health practitioners to develop skills for fostering improved health outcomes. The M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program at Benedictine University provides a powerful foundation in nutrition and health risk assessment, motivation, intervention and evaluation. This degree serves as a portal to careers in health promotion, disease risk reduction, and community education.
Thesis and Non-thesis tracks available to meet your professional needs and goals. In the thesis track, research teams of students examine outcomes of health education assessment or intervention or conduct empirical research. The thesis track also provides an excellent background for those who plan to pursue a doctorate. Either a non-thesis option is available which can focus on Nutrition Entrepreneurship (great for those in business) or Programming & Epidemiological Research (designed for those with more focus towards community evaluation and program development).
This master of science degree program is unique in providing a life science-based foundational core, as well as an opportunity to select a concentration to best meet one's own learning needs.
For more information, refer to the M.S. Curriculum link on this website and the M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness Program Guide.
Our traditional M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program is designed for working adults. Foundation courses are offered as a hybred (with online components) and an evening program, meeting once per week on the Lisle campus, so that a student's professional life can continue. Students typically enroll in one course per term, completing the degree in about two years. Students begin their courses in the program in August to be part of a cohort.
For more details about the application and acceptance process refer to the M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness Program Guide (hyperlinked above in the "Overview" section).
Benedictine University offers a high quality, fully online M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program. The interactive online format offers one the flexibility to earn a master's degree from an established, reputable university while continuing personal and professional pursuits.
For more information about the online M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness, visit the (Online) Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness Overview and refer to the M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness Program Guide (hyperlinked on this page above, in the "Overview section) and the online M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness FAQ.
Please click on the following titles listed below to view some of Benedictine University's M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness Research Presentations.
Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness foundation courses, the student will:
Designed for those who want to help others and make a positive difference in their communities, this program develops one's skills to educate people on preventative and health promotion concerns. The research component is applied, fostering development of skills in evaluating the outcomes of a health education assessment or intervention or conducting community-based research.
Students take an active role in their own learning process through shaping their curriculum. The M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program requires a total of 52 quarter hours of graduate coursework, which consists of:
38 quarter hours of required Nutrition and Wellness Foundation Courses:
Required Nutrition and Wellness Foundation (24 quarter hours):
NTR 501 Health Promotion and Wellness (4)
NTR 530 Science of Sports Nutrition (4)
NTR 557 Nutrition Communications through Technology (4)
NTR 581 Obesity: Theory and Practice Applications (4)
NTR 585 Complementary Nutrition Therapies (4)
NTR 644 Advanced Metabolism (4)
Required Applied Nutrition Research - Foundation and Certificate (20-24 quarter hours):
NTR 539 Health and Wellness Research Planning (4)
MPH 511 Biostatistics (4)
NTR 693 Descriptive Research (4)
Thesis track (8 quarter hours):
On-campus students complete the following:
NTR 697 Research I (4) and NTR 698 Research II (4)
Online students complete the following:
NTR 695 (4) Research Analysis and NTR 696 (4) Research Communications (in place of NTR 697 and 698).
Non-Thesis tracks. Choose one (12 quarter hours):
1. Nutrition Entrepreneurship:
MBA 559 Entrepreneurship (4)
MBA 622 Creativity and Innovation (4)
NTR 658 Venture Planning in Nutrition (4) wth concurrent enrollment of zero credit in NTR 699 capstone to present project
2. Programming and Epidemiological Research:
MPH 632 Public Health Education Methods (4)
MPH 604 Epidemiology (4)
MPH 696 (4) Field Epidemiology (4) with concurrent enrollment of zero credit in NTR 699 capstone to present project.
Elective (4-6): (Select one (non-thesis) or two (thesis track) from below. NTR elective options listed above in Nutrition Foundation or Non-thesis track, if applicable, cannot be counted twice.)
MBA 559 Entrepreneurship (4)
MBA 622 Creativity and Innovation (4)
MPH 609 Cultural Context of Health (4)
MPH 632 Public Health Education (4)
Many opportunities exist for nutrition students in need of financial assistance. You are strongly encouraged to apply for grant money, low interest bank loans, and scholarships - may be available from the government, corporations, community or civic groups, philanthropic and religious organizations. (Please click here for possible Benedictine University scholarships available.)
To start the financial aid process, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you are entering the university to pursue the Lisle campus degree program, contact a representative in the University Financial Aid Office at (630) 829-6100 for a consultation.
For more information on how to begin the financial aid application process for the online program, please request more information or call (866) 295-3104 to speak with an Admissions Advisor.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) offers students the opportunity to apply for Academy scholarships. To qualify, students must be at least junior standing and enrolled in an accredited undergraduate nutrition program (Didactic Program in Dietetics), Dietetic Internship program, or master degree program, depending upon the scholarship. Due to the limited number of available scholarships, these are quite competitive and thus prestigious to receive. Refer to the September Supplement of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or the Academy website for more information. Generally, you must be a member of the Academy to receive an Academy or local dietetic association scholarship. Membership information is available on the Academy website or through the Nutrition Department.
The M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program has rolling admissions. Students begin their courses in early fall term (August) to be included with that cohort.
Applicants to the M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0-point scale. Applicants are also expected to have a bachelor’s degree with one in a life science (e.g., biology, nutrition, dietetics, nursing, health, exercise physiology) or physical science (e.g., chemistry, biochemistry) being recommended. The M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program is life-science based. Academically strong students who have earned other bachelor degrees, but have already completed all the pre-requisite courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Nutrition and science course prerequisites, in which a grade of "C" or better must be earned, for the program include:
GRE scores are optional but welcomed. Target scores for the GRE are at the 30th percentile for each section. Without the GRE included, more weight will be on references and the letter of application.
Applicants who have completed an advanced degree (master, doctoral) in the United States are exempt from the GRE requirement. Registered Dietitian Nutrtionists, nurses and physicians who provide a notarized copy of their USA credential status (e.g., for the RDN it would be a notarized copy of the CDR card).
It is possible. Requests for transfer credit are evaluated by the Nutrition Graduate Program Director on a case-by-case basis.
The graduate admissions process is started with our School of Graduate, Adult, and Professional Education for both the on campus and online Nutrition graduate programs.
For graduate admissions inquiries, please contact: Amanda Skarosi, email@example.com, (630) 829-6311.
Refer to the M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness online FAQ document.
The Benedictine University Nutrition Programs will be recognized at the community, state, national, and international level for their leadership in developing optimal teaching and learning within nutrition programs. The programs will prepare future nutritionists, registered dietitians, and nutrition managers to address important food and nutrition issues that impact the quality of life of people.
The Master's Program in Nutrition and Wellness focuses on creating and maintaining a learning environment that encourages critical thinking, acquisition of comprehensive knowledge of the interrelationships of food, nutrition, and health, and the development of ongoing professional skills that are necessary for becoming outstanding health professionals.