Master of Science Degree- Nutrition and Food Systems
The Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Systems offers advanced study in nutrition and food systems, focusing on applications in dietetic practice and child nutrition program management.
The curriculum offers a choice of emphasis areas, including dietetic practice, child nutrition program management and applied nutrition. Elective hours are offered in educational administration, adult education, community health, research and statistics, and other areas. Students work with their graduate committees in selecting courses and developing an individual plan of study. Students have the opportunity to develop research interests in child nutrition program management, food service management, clinical or community nutrition, with qualified faculty in each area.
The Master of Science requires a minimum of 36 hours of course work for both the thesis and non-thesis options. At least 18 of these credit hours must be selected from courses that are numbered 600 and above. With the advice of the graduate advisor and following the plan for the chosen emphasis, students choose the specific courses and course sequences that will meet degree requirements and their needs for professional preparation. Courses both within the school and in other academic units in the university can be taken to complete the degree requirements, subject to approval by each student’s graduate advisor.
- Degree Requirements - Southern Miss Graduate Bulletin
- Course Descriptions - Southern Miss Graduate Bulletin
- Class Schedule - Southern Miss Class Schedule Guide
- NFS Master of Science Student Handbook
Plans of Study
The Nutrition and Food Systems degree program may be completed as follows:
- Full-time basis: Full-time students enroll for 12 hours/semester and are eligible for graduate assistantships. Program completion takes 1-2 years.
- Part-time basis: Part-time students take 1-2 classes per semester. Program completion takes 2-4 years. Many courses are offered using nontraditional scheduling to accommodate work and travel requirements of part-time students. Some classes meet once a month; others are offered online.
Regular admission to the graduate program requires a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, calculated on the last two years of undergraduate study; acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); three letters of recommendations from person qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study; and appropriate prerequisites. Performance on individual courses related to the major will be considered.
Acceptance into Dietetic Practice emphasis requires concurrent application to the dietetic internship program, meet all dietetic intership admission requirements and be admitted into the dietetic internship. Admittance to dietetic practice is only for summer term and students must have a Verification Statement signed by the DPD Program Director. If you have not yet completed your DPD, you must be able to submit a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree signed by the DPD Program Director, and submit the Verification Statement following completion of the program. All items must be received by the graduate school by 5 p.m. on January 3 for preselect and by February 15, for computer matching.
If you are not accepted into the dietetic internship and dietetics practice emphasis and meet admission into our graduate program you may change your emphasis to another one of our program emphaisis in child nutrition program management or applied nutrition.
Application forms are available from Graduate Admissions, 118 College Drive, #5024, Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, telephone 601.266.5137.
Members of underrepresented groups are strongly urged to apply.
Financial assistance is available to students in the form of scholarships, loans, graduate work-study, and graduate teaching or research assistantships.
Financial Aid: Application forms are available from the Office of Financial Aid, 118 College Drive #5101, Hattiesburg, MS 39401-5101, telephone (601) 266-4774. Students should apply to the Financial Aid Office no later than March 15.
Scholarships: Scholarships are offered through the American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF).
Graduate Assistantships: Application forms for graduate assistantships are available through the Graduate School, 118 College Drive #5024, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5024, telephone (601) 266-4679, and online through the Office of Financial Aid.