Framingham State campus
Degree Requirements

The program requires a minimum of ten (10) courses: four (4) core courses and six (6) concentration and elective courses, together with undergraduate prerequisite courses required for students without appropriate academic backgrounds. A minimum of ten (10) courses is required for graduation. A laptop computer with Internet access and WindowsXP or Vista or above is required in most graduate courses. Framingham State University offers a purchase program.

Students who provide a current ACEND Verification Form indicating completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics may have some program core and/or concentration courses waived. Students are required to select additional graduate elective courses for a total of ten (10) to replace any of the waived courses. Those who wish to fulfill the academic requirements (DPD) for becoming a Registered Dietitian should consult the undergraduate prerequisite courses listed under the Coordinated Program in Dietetics specialization.

An oral comprehensive examination is required as the student’s culminating experience.

Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses
MATH 208 Biostatistics (not required for students having had an
acceptable statistics course within the last five years)

Undergraduate courses in Human Physiology and in Biochemistry must have been successfully completed within the last five years. Students may inquire about challenge exams; students have only one opportunity to take and pass a challenge examination. Registered Dietitians have no other undergraduate course prerequisites.

Core Courses (4)
NUTR 874 Human Nutrition Science *
NUTR 903 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism
NUTR 911 Research Methods in Nutrition and Education
NUTR 980 Seminar in Food and Nutrition

Specialization Courses (4)
NUTR 879 Computer Applications in Nutrition OR NUTR 970 Computers in Nutrition Education
NUTR 918 Nutrition Informatics
NUTR 973 Designing Nutrition Education Programs and Curricula
NUTR 993 Independent Projects in Health and Wellness

Specialization Electives (2)
Elective courses will not be offered each semester and may not be offered every year. One Elective must be a nutrition (NUTR) course. Elective courses require written approval from the student's advisor.
CHEM 805 Food Analysis
CHEM 808 Food Chemistry
CPSY 911 Orientation to Counseling Practice
NUTR 882 Management of Food and Nutrition Services *
NUTR 883 Medical Nutrition Therapy *
NUTR 884 Foodservice Systems *
NUTR 888 Seminar in Clinical Nutrition
NUTR 920 Pediatric Nutrition
NUTR 924 Obesity and Weight Management
NUTR 940 Geriatric Nutrition: Diet, Functionality, and Disease
NUTR 960 Sports Nutrition
NUTR 978 Public Health Nutrition
NUTR 990 Directed Study in Food and Nutrition

* Denotes course required to meet the Didactic Program in Dietetics

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Registration Information
Students seeking eligibility for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) examination for becoming a Registered Dietitian must complete academic requirements (Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)), and a supervised practice experience in an accredited program. The Coordinated Program in Dietetics concentration fulfills both of these requirements.

Students electing to meet the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) only must take the prerequisite courses specified under the Coordinated Program in Dietetics concentration. Additional graduate courses to meet the DPD requirements are indicated with an asterisk under the Nutrition Science and Informatics concentration. The supervised practice experience may be met through a Dietetic Internship. Although the University DPD Director provides advising for students who are applying to these programs, obtaining the supervised practice experience remains the student's responsibility.

Coordinator and Advisor: Dr. Suzanne Neubauer, Food and Nutrition


  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.

Framingham State University

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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220