The Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences is a 30- to 39-credit online program offering a strong foundation in evidence-based advanced practice, with a focus on leadership in various nutrition practice settings including clinical, research, community, and management.
Most students will complete the degree program in two years (based on taking two courses per semester).
The MPS in Nutritional Sciences offers an Experiential Track, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and may lead to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. This track requires completion of a minimum of 39 credits, which includes the 30 master's degree credits, plus a minimum of 9 additional credits for the optional Experiential Track.
The Experiential Track of the MPS in Nutritional Sciences is a full-time 24-month program that runs from summer semester year one through spring semester year two and includes three consecutive semesters of supervised experiential learning during year one (fall, spring, and summer). The Experiential Track supervised experiential learning semesters can be completed in-residence or at a distance.
- In-residence: Requires students to live within a drivable distance to one of the two geographic locations for supervised experiential learning — University Park, PA, and surrounding areas OR Harrisburg/Hershey, PA, and surrounding areas. All field placements are arranged by the program, and applicants may indicate preference of location upon application.
- Distance: Students can live anywhere in the United States; students must locate their own supervised experiential learning sites as part of the distance location.