Graduate Certificate in Management of Child Nutrition


The Graduate Certificate in Management Child Nutrition Programs requires six three-credit courses for completion and provides broad exposure to the field.  Graduates of the program are prepared to take on additional responsibilities in their existing careers or begin new careers as child nutrition professionals.

The Graduate Certificate Program may serve as an entry point for enrollment into the Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition and Food Systems program. 
The program is geared to meet the educational needs of two types of students:

  • The school nutrition professional seeking advanced training in food service operations and financial management and child nutrition.
  • The individual with no experience in child nutrition programs seeking training in food production management, child nutrition program management, and child nutrition.

The main objectives of the program are to provide students with:

  • A theoretical and practical understanding of child nutrition program management, including food production, financial management, child nutrition and school wellness.
  • Skills needed to manage school nutrition programs in the 21st century.

Admission to the Graduate Certificate Program requires a baccalaureate degree in any subject area from a college or university approved by a recognized accrediting agency. No specific food service management or nutrition background is required.


  • A bachelor's degree in any field of study from an accredited institution.
  • The TOEFL for all applicants for whom English is not their native language.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Completion of an undergraduate introductory nutrition course (applicants who have not met this prerequisite can enroll in NFS 362, Nutrition, offered online)
  • Official sealed transcripts must accompany the application.

Graduate Certificate Application Deadlines:

  • Fall semester – July 15 
  • Spring semester -  November 15
  • Summer term – April 15
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