Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness

Overview

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. In addition to professional preparation, the program also provides an excellent background for those who plan to pursue a doctorate. The research component is applied. For example, a team of students examine the outcomes of a health education assessment or intervention or conduct empirical research.

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.

On Campus (Lisle) Program

Our traditional M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program is designed for working adults. Foundation courses are offered as 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).

Online Program

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.

Previous M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness Research Presentations

Please click on the following titles listed below to view some of Benedictine University's M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness Research Presentations.

2014 - Associations with stress:  a cross-sectional comparison of wellness in older adults

2014 - Effects of theory-based nutrition intervention using learner-centered activities on bone health knowledge, intent, and influences of school-age children

2015 - Batter Up For Bone Health: Education intervention to improve bone health knowledge in school-age children

2015 - Health & Wellness in the College Population Dietary & Lifestyle Contributions to Bone Health

2015 - Dietary Pattern and Lifestyle Factors Associated with Menopausal Symptoms

2015 - Health and Wellness in the college population: factors affecting mental health

 

Mission [Nutrition graduate programs]

The Nutrition masters' programs create and maintain a learning environment that encourages critical thinking, acquisition of evidence-based 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.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness foundation courses, the student will:

  1.  Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and application of key areas of nutritional science.
  2.  Apply critical thinking skills.
  3.  Plan and design nutrition and wellness education or training programs for individual or groups.
  4.  Plan and conduct research.
  5.  Perform in-depth statistical analysis.
  6.  Present evidence-based professional communications.

Curriculum

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:

Nutrition and Wellness Courses (52 quarter hours)

Required Nutrition and Wellness Foundation (28 quarter hours):
NTR 501 Health Promotion and Wellness (4)
NTR 530 Science of Sports Nutrition (4)
NTR 581 Obesity: Theory and Practice Applications (4)
NTR 585 Complementary Nutrition Therapies (4)
NTR 644 Advanced Metabolism (4)

Choose two courses from NTR courses:
·    NTR 557 Nutrition Communications through Technology (4)
·    NTR 561 Maternal and Child Nutrition (4)
·    NTR 563 Nutrition and Aging (4)
·    NTR 564 Nutrition Health Policy (4)

Required Applied Nutrition Research - Foundation and Certificate (20 quarter hours):
NTR 539 Health and Wellness Research Planning (4)
MPH 511 Biostatistics (4)
NTR 693 Descriptive Research (4)

On-campus students complete the following:
NTR 697 Research I (4) and NTR 698 Research II (4)

Online students complete the following:  
NTR 695 () Research Analysis and NTR 696 (4) Research Communications (in place of NTR 697 and 698).

Elective (4):  (Select one from below.  NTR elective options listed above in Nutrition Foundation cannot be counted twice.)
MBA 559 Entrepreneurship (4)
MPH 609 Cultural Context of Health (4)
MPH 632 Public Health Education (4)
NTR 557 Nutrition Communications through Technology (4)
NTR 561 Maternal and Child Nutrition (4)
NTR  563 Nutrition and Aging (4)
NTR 564 Nutrition Health Policy (4)

Certificates (quarter hours)  [Note:  Not part of the M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness program.  However, students can apply for a certificate in addition to the M.S. degree.]

Financial Assistance

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.

  • Students must register for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) with the U.S. Department of Education. Your PIN will serve as your electronic signature. You can apply for a PIN online at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid
  • Benedictine University's school code is: 001767.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions


Application Recommendations and Checklist for the M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness Program  (click here)

 

When is the application deadline?

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.

What are the prerequisites for applying?

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 and GRE in the 30th percentile or higher (for each section). Applicants must also have a bachelor’s degree in a life science (e.g., biology, nutrition, dietetics, nursing, health, exercise physiology) or physical science (e.g., chemistry, biochemistry). 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:

  • Principles of Biology course
  • Physiology course, or combined Anatomy and Physiology course
  • Biochemistry course (requires introductory or general chemistry and organic chemistry as prerequisites)
  • Basic nutrition course at the 200 level or higher.

Refer to the M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness Program Guide (hyperlinked in red rectangular box in left hand column) for a more detailed checklist of required materials for your application.

Is there a GRE exemption policy?

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).

Can I transfer graduate credits from another university into this program?

It is possible. Requests for transfer credit are evaluated by the Nutrition Graduate Program Director on a case-by-case basis.

What is the admissions process to the graduate program at Benedictine University?

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, askarosi@ben.edu, (630) 829-6311.

I have some questions about the online program...

Refer to the M.S. in Nutrition and Wellness online FAQ document.

Mussman

Toby Mussman Smithson
Online M.S./Class of 2014

"I love the flexibility of the online program. Every course I have taken thus far has been relevant to my day to day job in public health, media interviews, and my business. It is exciting to bring what I am learning in the 'classroom' to the many conversations I have with clients, fellow RDs, media, and my employer."


"This master degree serves as a portal to careers in health promotion and risk reduction, community-based education programming and therapeutic intervention, as well as an excellent background for those who plan to pursue a doctorate."


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Vision

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.

Mission [graduate programs]

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.


For Admissions Inquiries:


Amanda Skarosi

askarosi@ben.edu

(630) 829-6311

For Graduate Admissions Information:

Graduate Admissions

For Graduate Tuition Information:

Current Graduate Tuition and Fees at Benedictine University


Department of Nutrition
Benedictine University

Catherine Arnold, MS, EdD, RD.
Department Chair

Egle Liutkus
Administrative Assistant

Email: eliutkus@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6596

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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