University of Alabama: Master of Science in Human Nutrition

BWS DI has established a partnership with The University of Alabama (UA) to provide Interns with the opportunity to enroll in a fully online, 30 credit-hour Master of Science program in Human Nutrition. The program is creatively designed to provide foundation knowledge before starting coursework, integrate class assignments with experiences in the internship, and assure advanced knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Internship directors work directly with university faculty to align assignments and activities, allowing students to complete the internship and master’s degree in less than two years. All courses are offered fully online, and out of state fees are waived. Financial aid is available to cover course tuition and living expenses for students who qualify. The graduate program can accept up to 12 hours of graduate coursework as transfer credit that may be applied to the degree.

For more information contact Elaine Molaison at efmolaison@ches.ua.edu and visit the MS in Human Nutrition webpage here. For a general overview of the program, click here. A more detailed Q&A session can be found here.

Admission and Application Requirements

Applications for the UA program are accepted for spring and fall admission. The application schedule below is for interns who are applying to the Be Well Solutions Dietetic Internship MS/DI Pathway:

Application Period Graduate School Application Deadline Graduate School Decision Deadline
Fall Match September 25 October 25
Spring Match February 15 March 22

The admission requirements for UA are as follows:

  • Applicants with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher may apply for admission to graduate school.
  • Applicants must submit their graduate school application to UA separately from the dietetic internship application.

UA does not require the GRE for admission into their program. More information about academic policies and admission criteria can be found here.

To apply to the UA graduate program, please follow the instructions below:

  • Complete the application here

    • MS in Human Nutrition
    • Generalist concentration (do NOT select a concentration)
    • Appropriate admission term–spring semester for fall match and summer semester for spring match
    • Application fee
    • Statement of Purpose
      • You may be able to update your DICAS letter to reflect interest in graduate school, rather than writing an entirely new statement
    • Transcripts from all Colleges/Universities attended
      • Unofficial transcripts are accepted during the application period
      • Official transcripts must be submitted after acceptance
      • Mail official transcripts to Box 870118, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
    • Letters of recommendation
      • When asked for email addresses in the graduate school application, include the email address of 3 individuals who will write a letter of recommendation

Tuition

The cost of being a graduate student at UA is related to the costs for the application, tuition, and textbooks. Application fees are waived for certain groups. Most current application fees can be found here. Current tuition rates can be found here. In addition, textbooks can cost anywhere between $100-$400/semester, depending on the courses and required resources.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for students. More information can be found here.

MS + DI Curriculum Timeline

The curriculum timeline for both Spring and Fall Match can be found below:

Spring Match cycle:

Summer

(June-early Aug)

Fall

(Aug-mid Dec)

Spring

(Jan-mid May)

Summer

(June-early Aug)

Fall

(Aug-mid Dec)

18 months
  • NHM 566
  • NHM 587
  • Core Elective (NHM 567)
  • POPH 522
  • NHM 585*or 588*
  • NHM 562
  • NHM 509
  • NHM 561
  • NHM 585*or 588*
  • NHM 550
  • Capstone Project
  • Verification Statement

Fall Match Cycle:

  Spring

(Jan-mid May)

Summer

(June-early Aug)

Fall

(Aug-mid Dec)

Spring

(Jan-mid May)

Summer

(June-early Aug)

18 months
  • NHM 566
  • NHM 587
  • NHM 509
  • NHM 562
  • NHM 585* or 588*
  • POPH 522
  • NHM 585* or 588*
  • NHM 561
  • Core Elective (NHM 555 or 567)
  • Elective
  • Capstone Project
  • Verification Statement

*Integrated with Supervised Practice—interns will need to be in rotations to take these courses (bolded in options below)

Course Titles

POPH 522                Biostatistics

NHM 509                 Research Methods

NHM 530                 Advanced Nutrition Counseling

NHM 550                 Advanced Community Nutrition I

NHM 555                 Maternal & Infant Nutrition

NHM 558                 Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease

NHM 561                 Advanced Vitamin and Mineral Metabolism

NHM 562                 Metabolism of Energy Nutrients

NHM 566                 Advanced Clinical Nutrition

NHM 567                 Nutrition Support of the Critically Ill

NHM 585                Clinical Nutrition Management*

NHM 587                 Integrated Food Systems Management

NHM 588                Advanced Food Service Systems Management*

A copy of the academic calendar for the students in the graduate degree track can be found on the website for the Office of the University Registrar here. Students enrolled in the graduate degree track will follow the university calendar for all graduate coursework.

Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

To complete the MS in Human Nutrition, students will need to complete the following:

  • The required courses designated in their track.
  • A minimum of 18 hours in NHM designated courses (may include non-thesis and thesis research hours).
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours at the graduate level (500 or greater).
  • A culminating project or exam entitling the Capstone Experience.
  • Obtain a grade of a B or better in all required coursework.
  • At least a 3.0 overall GPA to graduate.

More information about program completion requirements can be found here.

If a student is dismissed from graduate school, they will not be allowed to continue in the dietetic internship. Please review the graduate school requirements for completing the degree.

Contact Information

Any questions about the UA + BWS DI MS/DI Pathway may be sent to bwsdi@bewellsolutions.com or efmolaison@ches.ua.edu.