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Nutrition Science (MS)




  • Dr. Richard Bloomer
  • Dr. Randal Buddington
  • Dr. Marie van der Merwe
  • Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker
Nutrition Science (MS)

Nutrition Science (MS)

The Nutritional Science concentration provides individuals with an excellent opportunity to pursue their interests in understanding the roles of nutrition in health and disease, development and aging, and in athletic performance. The objective of the Nutrition Science program is to ensure that our graduates obtain an advanced and comprehensive education in nutrition along with research training that includes experimental design and analysis, laboratory skills, and experiences in scientific writing and presentations. Interdisciplinary opportunities exist with faculty in biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, exercise and sport science, and psychology, as well as with faculty at other institutions within the Memphis area. Students have opportunities to study the influences of nutrition at levels of organization ranging from genes to intact organisms. Although many students will have an interest in human nutrition, there are also opportunities to study the nutrition of companion, exotic, and production animals.

The master’s degree in Nutrition Science is a 33-credit hour program that offers a diversity of courses so students can develop a curriculum that is matched to their specific interests. A research project culminating in a formal thesis is required. Students entering the program will need to identify a research advisor who will assist in forming a graduate committee that will provide guidance in identifying courses and will assist in the design, performance, analysis, and interpretation of their research. Students completing the degree program will be well-prepared for advanced graduate study (PhD or MD), as well as for employment opportunities in academics, private industry, or government. Moreover, the multidisciplinary training available will position graduates of the program to be leaders in the field of nutrition.

The research project students will complete typifies the motto of the University of Memphis:

  • Dreamers: Students are expected to develop with their advisor and committee a research project that is novel and will add to nutrition knowledge.
  • Thinkers: Students will need to think about the design and performance of their research and the analysis and interpretation of their findings.
  • Doers: Importantly, students must be active participants in all phases of their research.

Nutrition is a broad field that spans multiple disciplines. Similarly, students entering the Nutrition Science program may have had previous training in various fields, bringing a diversity of backgrounds, expertise, and experiences. We are not searching for students with specific backgrounds. Instead, we are looking for students who want to be innovative, have a desire to learn, want to explore new areas of study, and to become leaders in the field of nutrition. We invite applications from all such students

Applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with some coursework in fields of study relevant to biological, chemical, or nutritional sciences. Applicants will be selected for admission to the program based on a combination of grade point average, graduate record examination (GRE) scores within the past five years, a narrative statement that includes career goals, and letters of reference.

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