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Accelerated BS-MS in Nutrition (DP)


Accelerated BS-MS in Nutrition (DP) - (137 cr)

Admission to the BS-MS accelerated track is offered to 1-5 academically strong Hunter College NFS BS majors each year, allowing these NFS majors to complete both a BS and MS-Didactic Program (DP) degree within five versus six years, based on full-time study.

Hunter's BS-MS accelerated program, within the School of Urban Public Health, is accredited by ACEND, 120 South Riverside Plaza, #2190, Chicago, IL  60606.

Completion of the the BS-MS satisfies the DP academic requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), and qualifies graduates to apply for Dietetics Internships (DI) in preparation for the Registered Dietician (RD) credential. 


Eligibility Criteria:

Consideration for admission to the accelerated program is given in January upon completion of the first NFS-BS semester. Nutrition faculty look for exceptional students who show academic excellence and outstanding achievement, and are active and self-motivated learners who demonstrate independence, initiative, and creativity. Final decisions are made by the faculty and there are no appeals.

Students, towards the end of their first (fall) semester in the NFS major, may be considered if the following criteria are met:

  1. An overall GPA of 3.5 or higher from Hunter - and cumulative/combined if attended other post-secondary institutions upon completion of 96 credits
    Note: minimum of 3.5 GPA does not guarantee admission
  2. Will complete the Hunter NFS BS coursework by the following Spring semester, and Hunter Core by Summer; allowing registration for graduate NUTR classes the following Fall semester.

BS-MS Admission and Procedures

  • A BS-MS Supplemental application will be provided to NFS majors when they are in the program.
  • Students accepted into the BS-MS program will be admitted directly into the MS-DP without having to take the GRE. 
  • BS-MS students will take graduate courses during their senior year and complete the MS-Nutrition DP degree one year after completing the requirements for the BS (NFS) degree.
  • Upon completion of the requirements for the MS degree (both the BS and MS degrees), a Verification Statement will be awarded, indicating completion of the DP academic coursework.
  • Students will pay undergraduate tuition rates up to the number of credits required to earn a baccalaureate degree (120); after 120 credits students will pay the graduate-level tuition rates.

A student provisionally accepted into the MS-DP program who fails to maintain the required GPA of 3.0 will not be admitted to the MS-DP program, but but can complete the BS (NFS) degree from Hunter, provided that s/he fulfils all other academic requirements for the undergraduate degree.

Sample Coursework Schedule for Accelerated BS-MS - 41 credits (out of total 137 credits)

Fall: 12 credits

  1. NUTR 70500 Nutritional Biochemistry, 3 cr
  2. NUTR 71500 Food Service and Management, 3 cr
  3. NUTR 72000 Community Nutrition Education, 3 cr
  4. PH 75000 Biostatistics, 3cr

Spring: 10 credits

  1. NUTR 72500 Nutrition Research, 3 cr
  2. NUTR 73100 Advanced Nutrition I, 3 cr
  3. NUTR 75600 Food Science & Environment Lec, 3 cr
  4. NUTR 75700 Food Science & Environment Lab, 1 cr

Fall: 10 credits

  1. NUTR 73200 Advanced Nutrition II, 3 cr
  2. NUTR 73400 Clinical Nutrition I, 3 cr
  3. NUTR 74600 Nutrition and Disease, 3 cr
  4. NUTR 74700 Adv Nutrition & Assessment Lab, 1 cr

Spring: 9 credits

  1. NUTR 73300 Nutrition and Human Development, 3 cr
  2. NUTR 73500 Clinical Nutrition II, 3 cr
  3. NUTR 76000 Practicum, 3 cr


Comprehensive Exam

As is the case for all graduate students in the MS-DP Track, BS-MS students will be required to take a Comprehensive Exam, given in the last semester of the program, to demonstrate understanding of the course materials. The exam will serve as the final exam for the Practicum course. The exam is multiple-choice, similar in style to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ADA) national registration exam for dietitians. In order to obtain a Verification Statement indicating completion of the DP academic coursework, a student must score at least 75% on the comprehensive exam and maintain good standing 3.0 GPA in the program. If a student scores below 75%, s/he will be permitted to retake the exam.


Career Opportunities for graduates with an accelerated BS-MS:

Dietetics is an allied health profession that focuses on the food and nutrition intake of individuals and their relationship to health. Trained in the sciences, Registered Dietitians are able to translate scientific findings to help people live healthy lives. Major areas of practice include clinical, community, management, and consultant dietetics. More than half of all dietitians and nutritionists work in hospitals, senior living facilities, and physicians' offices and clinics. More information about career opportunities can be found on the ADA website at 

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