Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Graduate Degrees Offered

  • M.S.; Ph.D.
Departmental Program Specializations - what's a specialization?
  • Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (M.S.)
  • Dietetics* (M.S.)
  • Nutrition and Exercise (M.S.)
Areas of Study
  • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (Ph.D., M.S.)
  • Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (Ph.D., M.S.)
  • Dietetics* (M.S.)
  • Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (Ph.D.)
  • Food Literacy, Quality and Safety (Ph.D., M.S.)
  • Hospitality Management (M.S.)

*Available only to Registered Dietitians (RD) or those eligible for registration exam.

Distance Education Opportunities

M.S. with Dietetics* specialization

Nutrition and Health Sciences

  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Graduate Chair
    Dr. Joel Cramer
  • Graduate Coordinator
    Ms. Lori Rausch
  • Department Address
    110 Ruth Leverton Hall
    Lincoln NE 68583-0806

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Nutrition and Health Sciences in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Statement of goals
  • Resume

Application Deadline

For Financial Consideration
   Fall: March 15   Spring: October 15
   Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.

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The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences is internationally recognized for its research, teaching, and outreach programs. Our classrooms and research laboratories are state-of-the-art and every graduate student is matched with an adviser whose expertise matches the student's career interests.

Our Department offers research-based degrees in several diverse areas of study: Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (Ph.D., M.S.); Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (Ph.D., M.S.); Exercise Physiology (Ph.D.); Food Literacy, Quality and Safety (Ph.D., M.S.); and Hospitality Management (M.S.). In addition, students can earn a non-research master's degree (M.S. without thesis) in Dietetics (RD required); Nutrition and Exercise; or Community Nutrition and Health Promotion.

Because of the diversity of degree programs offered through the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and the Nutrition Interdepartmental program, students are encouraged to refer to the Nutrition and Health Sciences website to learn more about areas of study and degree programs, admission requirements, and step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Courses and More

Students in Nutrition and Health Sciences are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and Research

Food Safety
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Cholesterol and Bile Acid Metabolism; Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease; Role of Dietary Fat, Fiber, and Phytochemicals
Meetings and Events; Lodging Management; Hospitality Human Resources; Tourism; Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues
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Exercise and nutrition for health, muscle strength, and body composition across the lifespan
Vitamins; Food Quality; Sports Nutrition
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Community Nutrition and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Nutrition
Hospitality and Food Service Administration
Growth and Development in Young Athletes; Muscle Function
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4-H Foods; Food Literacy; Health and Wellness; Minority Populations
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Motivational Interviewing/Educational Strategies
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Diet-Health Relationships; Clinical Nutrition
Nutritional Genomics; Metabolic Disorders
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Athletic Training Education
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Exercise Testing; Clinical Exercise Physiology; Occupational Physiology; Military and Law Enforcement Sports Medicine
Cultural Foods; Experimental Foods; Food Quality; Lipids; Prebiotic
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Overeating and endoplasmic reticulum stress
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Resistance Training and Healthy Living
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Obesity Prevention in Youth; Local Food Systems and Health; Survey Development and Evaluation; Health Disparities
Chromatin Biology; Genome Stability; (Stem) Cell Differentiation; Adipocytes; Water-Soluble Vitamins; Gene Regulation

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