Overview

Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition, Community Nutrition

Offered through the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the University of Georgia’s online M.S. in Foods and Nutrition, Community Nutrition is designed for working professionals and those who wish to broaden their knowledge in the field. This M.S. program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework including a final capstone course. After completing the coursework, it is possible for students who are working in the field of school nutrition to become eligible for certification as Georgia School Nutrition Directors. Graduates from this program assume a variety of roles including those of Extension and Outreach professionals, school nutrition directors or coordinators, and other nutrition related positions in the public and private sector.

Accreditations

The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.

Cost

Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $638 per credit hour 30 credit hours $19,140 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 5 semesters $2,985 USD
Total Program Cost     $22,125 USD

If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.​

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 

Admissions

Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  30 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 6

Only transfer credits from an accredited institution will be considered. If transfer credit is awarded, it will still be necessary to complete the required number of hours to graduate, which will more than likely necessitate additional coursework above and beyond the degree program requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold Baccalaureate degree from accredited college or university
  • Have cumulative grade point average for all previous undergraduate courses of 3.0 or above on 4-point scale
  • Provide valid Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Provide three letters of recommendation from people who know you professionally or as scholar
  • Develop statement of purposes and goals that can reasonably be met by the degree program
  • Have access to computer with high-speed internet connection, and email account

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School application online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
  2. Entrance Exam Scores – Have official entrance exam scores sent to the UGA Graduate School by the testing service. Specify UGA as recipient of the scores, institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813 
    1. GRE
    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  3. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  4. Statement of Purpose – Upload to the Graduate School application. A statement of purpose should clarify your relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate your intent for the online program.
  5. Transcripts – Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  6. Letters of Recommendation – During the online Graduate School application process, name three individuals to serve as references. Upon completion of the online application, those three individuals will be sent an automatically generated email, which they should use to submit their letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably, at least one letter of recommendation should be from a college professor who has instructed you in a previous program of study.

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1

Spring: November 15

Summer: April 1

International Deadlines

Fall: April 15

Spring: October 15

Summer: February 15

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar website provides up-to-date information on registration dates.

Curriculum

Program Structure

Students in this fully online M.S.degree program will take a minimum 30 credit hours. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years beginning with the first registration of graduate courses on the program of study. Your advisor may modify the outlined program of study.

Sample 2 year Program of Study

  Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 1

Optimal Nutrition for the Lifespan FDNS6050E (3 credit hrs)

Nutrition and Obesity Across the Lifespan FDNS 6240E (3 credit hrs)

Two elective course – multiple areas of interest options (6 credit hrs)

Childhood and Adolescent Nutrition FDNS 6665E (3 credit hrs)

Research Methods course - multiple options (3 credit hrs)

Year 2

Management of Food Service Organizations FDNS 6620E (2 credit hrs)

Food Sanitation FDNS 6640E (3 credit hrs)

Nutrition Health and Aging FDNS 6560E (3 credit hrs)

Nutrition Intervention FDNS 6770E (4 credit hrs)

 

Contact Information

Contact the online Community Nutrition Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have. 

Email us using the request for information form.