Master of Science Degree

University Highlights

Murray State University is a tax-assisted, coeducational university founded in 1922. Offering 118 fields of study at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level, Murray State University has received numerous accolades for academic quality, including being named as a U.S. News Best College for the past 24 years. In addition to the over one hundred fields of study at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level, Murray State University also confers three doctoral degrees, including an EdD in P-20 and Community Leadership, a Doctorate of Arts in English Pedagogy and Technology, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthetist).

Enrollment at Murray State University exceeds 10,000 students annually. The diverse study body is comprised of individuals representing 43 U.S. states and 66 countries. Students enrolled at Murray State University have the ability to participate in approximately 200 student organizations spanning eleven categories: Departmental, Environmental, Greek, Honor Societies, Open, Political, Professional, Religious, Residential, Service, and Sports/Recreation. Murray State University also has an active athletic presence in the Ohio Valley Conference, having collegiate teams in football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and other sports.

Murray State University is located in Murray, Kentucky, which has been named by Rand McNally and USA Today as the “Friendliest Small Town in America.” The city of Murray has a population of nearly 20,000 residents, a thriving economy, excellent health care and cultural facilities, nationally recognized schools, a moderate climate, and a low cost of living. The main campus is centrally located 2-3 hours from Nashville, St. Louis, and Memphis. Being just 20 miles west of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, the region offers hiking trails, an Elk and Bison Prairie, boating, fishing, a Planetarium and Observatory, camping opportunities, and much more.

Degree Description

The Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Management program at Murray State University offers a Master of Science in Nutrition for students who have successfully completed the Murray State Dietetic Internship Program. Master’s study offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge in both clinical nutrition and nutrition research through a plan of study designed for each student.

Transfer Credit and GPA

A total of 12 graduate hours may be transferred from a regionally accredited graduate school. All transfer credit must be approved by the student’s advisor and collegiate graduate coordinator. All transfer credit must have been earned within the eight-year period allowed for the degree. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 on graduate-level work at Murray State University and a grade of B or better in any course that the student wishes to transfer to Murray State University. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate a request for transfer of credit. Graduate transfer credit will not be posted to the student’s transcript or included in the calculation of the student’s GPA until the graduation transcription is prepared.

Admission Requirements

Requirement #1 – Successful completion of the Murray State Dietetic Internship Program, with a grade of B or better in all courses included in the internship program. For more information on the Murray State Dietetic Internship Program and how to apply, please visit health-professions/AHS/NutritionDieteticsandFoodManagement/DieteticInternshipProgram/index.aspx

Requirement #2 – Pass the national certification examination to earn the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. After successful completion of the Murray State Dietetic Internship Program, students must pass the certification examination and be credentialed as a RD before continuing in the degree program.

Interim Director of the Graduate Program in Nutrition

Kathy Stanczyk, PhD, RD, LD
Department of Applied Health Sciences
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 809-3388

Interim Director of the Dietetic Internship Program

Lori Crouch, MS, RD, LD
Clinical Instructor
Department of Applied Health Sciences
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 809-3964

Sample Program of Study

Combined Murray State Dietetic Internship Program and

Master of Science Degree in Nutrition

(35 credit hours)

1 Dietetic Internship Hours: 18 credit hours

2 Counseling Course Options: 3 credit hours

  • CNS 615 – Behavioral Assessment and Intervention
  • CNS 624 – Theories of Counseling
  • CNS 671 – Multicultural Counseling
  • CNS 692 – Group Dynamics in Counseling
  • CNS 746 – Wellness and Prevention Counseling
  • CNS 760 – Eating Disorders and Body Image Counseling
  • PSY 671 – Behavior Modification

2 Statistics/Research Methods Course Options: 3 credit hours

  • ADM 630 – Methods of Research
  • EDU 639 – Research to Improve Student Learning
  • MAT 654 – Statistical Methods
  • MAT 666 – Applied Statistics I
  • PSY 600 – Statistics

2 Elective Course Options: 3 credit hours

  • AGR 661 – Sustainable Agriculture
  • BIO 622 – Pathophysiology
  • EDU 621 – Advanced Methods of Teaching
  • HDL 625 – Legal and Ethical Issues
  • HDL 670 – Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Leadership
  • HDL 682 – Leading Organizations: Processes of Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • MGT 651 – Seminar in Organizational Behavior

2 Research Project Requirement: 8 credit hours

  • NTN 656 – Nutrition Research Literature Review
  • NTN 660 – Research Project in Nutrition I
  • NTN 661 – Research Project in Nutrition II

1 See University Bulletin for courses included in the Murray State Dietetic Internship Program.
2 See University Bulletin for course descriptions and prerequisites.
NOTE: Other courses that align with professional goals may be arranged in consultation with academic advisor.