Master of Science – Coordinated Program
Students enter the master’s degree coordinated program either with an undergraduate degree in nutrition OR with an undergraduate degree in another major. The coordinated program is a four to six semester program of didactic course work AND supervised practice. The supervised practice has an urban health emphasis. Students have the option of completing a thesis or portfolio as their capstone requirement. The thesis option may take an additional semester to complete.
Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a major other than nutrition must complete required prerequisites by the application deadline prior to entering the coordinated program.
Students who hold an undergraduate degree in nutrition must have a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement or letter of intent from the program granting the degree.
Completed applications for admission by students who hold the DPD Verification Statement or letter of intent must be received no later than January 22 (early admission) or April 15 (if positions are available) for matriculation in June of the same year. Completed applications for admission by students who do not hold the DPD Verification Statement must be received no later than May 15 for matriculation in August of the same year.
Prerequisites for students without a verification statement
Inorganic Chemistry (1 semester)*
(GSU CHEM 1151K or equivalent)
Organic Chemistry (1 semester)*
(GSU CHEM 1152K or equivalent)
Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters)*
(GSU BIOL 1110K and BIOL 1120K or equivalent)
*Online laboratories will not be accepted.
Principles of Nutrition
For the Coordinated Program, students must also have taken an undergraduate course in anthropology, psychology, or sociology (equivalent to GSU ANTH 1102, PSYC 1101, SOCL 1101 or SOCL 1160).
The Coordinated Program requires additional hours for students who enter the program prior to meeting the undergraduate coursework required for a Didactic Program in dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). (For more information on the DPD requirement visit: www.eatright.org). The Coordinated Program is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606; 312/899-5400. The CP has accreditation through 2018.
Academy membership is required upon admission to the Coordinated Program.
Mission of the Coordinated Program
The mission of the Coordinated Program is to prepare dietetic professionals to serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health, and well-being and to serve the profession and larger community through public service and leadership.
This mission statement is founded on the beliefs and vision expressed in Georgia State University
- The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) provides quality service based on customer expectations and needs.
- The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) applies, participates in or generates research to enhance practice.
- The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) effectively applies knowledge and communicates with others.
- The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) uses resources effectively and efficiently.
- The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) systematically evaluates the quality of services and improves practice based on evaluation results.
- The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) engages in lifelong learning.