FAQs About the M.S. in Health Sciences with a Concentration in Nutrition & Physical Activity

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What is the typical length of your program?

Two years.

Does your program lead to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential?

Unfortunately no. We are not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to grant verification statements to sit for the RDN credentialing exam. For more information about RDN accredited program, please visit ACEND.

Can a student take the required courses from your ACEND accredited undergraduate program while pursuing the MS to be eligible for a verification statement to sit for the RDN credentialing exam?

JMU does not currently allow a student to get a second bachelor’s degree.

What career opportunities are available for the graduates of the program?

Many of our students are prepared for doctoral work. Many students find employment in research labs, wellness centers, university recreation centers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and private practices.

Are you able to provide a tour of your facilities?

Absolutely. We encourage all students to visit the campus of schools you are thinking about applying to. Students need to make sure that the school and the program are a perfect fit for your learning needs. To schedule a visit please contact the Graduate program Director, Dr. Jeremy Akers, RDN, akersjd@jmu.edu.

What are the research interests of the faculty?

We have a diverse faculty with an even more diverse scholarship agenda. We encourage students to look on the Dietetics faculty page for faculty research interests.

How many students do you accept per year and is it open enrollment?

Our applications are due on February 15th. We do allow late applications if we have space available. Even though there is not a cap number for our program, we like to keep our classes at a maximum of 15 students.

What are the prerequisite courses needed for the program?

Successful candidates will need to have completed courses in introductory nutrition, human anatomy, and human physiology before starting the program.

What is the minimum GRE score needed for admission?

Our program does not look at the total GRE score, rather, successful candidates will have scores greater than or equal to 25% in all three categories.

What is the minimum GPA for admission?

Successful candidates must possess a minimum of a 3.0 for admission to the program.