Frequently Asked Questions
How many classes can I take per semester?
Typically we offer one to two classes per semester including the summer semester.
What classes are offered each semester?
We rotate the classes each semester. Classes offered each semester are dependent on enrollment. Typically a student can finish the program within two calendar years, including courses taken during the summer semester
What about financial aid?
Students who enroll in the certificate program for undergraduate credit are classified by the university as “degree-seeking,” and thus are eligible to apply for financial aid.
Graduate students enrolled in the certificate program are not eligible to receive financial aid because they are not “degree seeking.”
Students admitted to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Food Systems are eligible to receive financial aid and can earn the Certificate in Management of Child Nutrition programs as part of the M.S. degree requirements. Students admitted to the Certificate program who wish to pursue the M.S. program must complete a separate application and meet all admission requirements. Certificate coursework may apply to M.S. degree requirements if the student has earned no more than 9 credit hours when admitted to the M.S program and if the minimum GPA requirements for the M.S. degree are met. The M.S. in Nutrition and Food Systems is a hybrid program that includes some online and some campus-based coursework.
For more details go to http://www.usm.edu/financialaid
When can I start?
Students may start the program at the beginning of each semester.
When does the next semester start?
Please check Southern Miss’s academic calendar at http://www.usm.edu/registrar/calendars/index.php
What are courses like?
Each class is conducted fully online through Eagle Learning online. Classes typically are organized into modules, and include weekly assignments and/or quizzes, exams, and applied projects. Students communicate with the instructor through the class email system. Textbooks are usually required for each class and instructors usually provide powerpoint slides to summarize course content.
Do I need any special equipment or software?
Students can access the class through the internet from any computer with internet access. Most courses require use of word processing or spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office is preferred). Other requirements for use of Eagle Learning Online are available on the website at www.usm.edu/elo.
Who teaches the courses?
The faculty are a combination of full-time faculty in the Nutrition and Food Systems department and adjunct faculty with teaching and professional expertise and experience in child nutrition program management.