Fully Online Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems with an emphasis in Dietetics Practice designed specifically to be integrated into a Dietetic Internship
School of Kinesiology and Nutrition
The Nutrition and Food Systems Master of Science in Dietetics Practice is designed
to enable students enrolled in a dietetic internship to complete the degree concurrently
with supervised practice. All of the degree requirements can be completed fully online,
requiring no visits to the Southern Miss Campus. YOU MUST HAVE A VERIFICATION STATEMENT from an accredited didactic program in order to apply for this program.
Why Southern Miss?
- Completion of the graduate degree and the dietetic internship are planned to be completed
within a 2-year time frame
- Strong foundation knowledge prior to entering the dietetic internship, allowing students
to function at a higher level once entering supervised practice sites
- Innovative curriculum that aligns program coursework with internship requirements—program
coordinators work with the internship directors to align activities and assignments
- Coordinated supervised practice and graduate coursework designed to develop greater
critical thinking and decision making skills in the workplace
- Cutting edge online teaching strategies, where students have greater interaction with
program faculty and classmates
- Graduate coursework complements all facets of nutrition and dietetics practice, including
clinical, management, and community, increasing preparation for entry-level positions
- Focus on upcoming areas of dietetics practice, including improved communication, leadership,
counseling, and global health
- Strong integration of research into practice, allowing students to utilize supervised
practice projects to transition into the degree capstone research project
- For students admitted to dietetic internships other than Southern Miss, acceptance into the program occurs after computer match to the Dietetic Internship
- Out of state tuition rates waived for students enrolled in fully online programs
- Availability of federal financial aid for those students who qualify, including cost
of tuition, living expenses, travel, and personal requirements related to the program
- Fast-tracked application process—once accepted into the internship, acceptance into
the graduate program can take as little as 1 week Apply to Graduate School
- No need for additional letters of recommendation to the graduate school (DICAS letters
- Interact and learn from interns all over the country
- In the past five years, 92% of the students who wanted the master’s degree, completed
program requirements within two years of starting the internship, while the remaining 8% completed program requirements
in an additional 2 years.
- In the past five years, graduate students in the Dietetics Practice emphasis had two
manuscripts and 23 abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals, with a corresponding
22 presentations of research findings at national-level nutrition and dietetics annual
- The online education program at USM has been recognized as the best among Mississippi
colleges and universities (top 7 nationally) in a 2018 ranking by AffordableCollegesOnline.org.
Of the nine Mississippi schools that offer online courses and programs, Southern Miss
ranked No. 1 based upon factors such as academic quality, student services and graduate
- The Master of Science in Nutrition and Food Systems at USM was ranked No. 1 nationally
for the Best Online Colleges for Nutrition in 2018-19 by OnlineColleges.com based
upon factors such as tuition costs, graduation rates and admission rates.
What do I need to get admitted into Grad School?
- Complete the application
- GRE Scores sent to The University of Southern Mississippi
- Dietetics Practice emphasis
- Summer admission term
- Application fee
- Official Transcripts from all Colleges/Universities attended
- Letters of recommendation will be obtained through your DICAS application
Examples of Coursework
- NFS 630 - Food Systems Management
- NFS 640 - Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
- NFS 662 - Global Nutrition and Health
- NFS 692 - Special Problems in Nutrition (non-thesis research requirement)
- NFS 703 - Research Techniques for Nutrition and Food Systems
- NFS 713 - Nutrition Education: Theory, Research, and Practice
- NFS 774 - Management of Nutritional Services: A Behavioral Approach
- NFS 780 - Advanced Practice in Nutrition and Food Systems
- NFS 810 - Food and Nutrition Public Policy
- Other electives may be required
Do I need to take the GRE?
- Yes, the GRE is a required part of the application process.
When should I take the GRE?
- It is recommended that you take the GRE prior to the February 15th application deadline. This will help to assure that your scores will have time to
be processed and be received by the university. This also give you time to re-take
the GRE if your scores are less than ideal.
Does this program require a minimum GRE?
- No minimum scores are required. However, GRE scores are weighted along with GPA and
letters of recommendation. The total score in each of these areas is calculated to
determine admission status. So, if you have a very high GPA and excellent letters
of recommendation, your GRE scores may not have to be at the top percentile.
Do I have to write a thesis?
- No, the degree program is non-thesis. However, a capstone research project is required.
Student can choose to use one of the research projects completed during supervised
project as the foundation for their research project.
How much does the program cost?
- Since out of state fees are waived for online programs at Southern Miss, the cost
for the entire degree, including course fees, is approximately $15,000.
Can I get financial aid?
If I apply to the dietetic internship, have I also applied to graduate school?
- No, application to the internship and the graduate school are 2 separate processes.
When should I apply to graduate school?
- While you are not required to apply until after match day, it is strongly encouraged that you apply before April 1st. This gives adequate time for your application to be processed and for GRE scores
to arrive. Once you get accepted into the internship, you can pay the application
fee and officially “submit” your application.
- Southern Miss Dietetic Internship applicants are required to submit their graduate
school application with their application to the internship.
The University of Southern Mississippi
School of Kinesiology and Nutrition
118 College Drive #5142
Hattiesburg, MS 39406