Food Science & Human Nutrition: Human Nutrition, MS

for the Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition Human: Human Nutrition Concentration


department head: Nicki Engeseth

associate head of graduate programs: Michael Miller


overview of admissions & requirements: https://fshn.illinois.edu/graduate/apply

overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply


department website: https://fshn.illinois.edu/

program website: https://fshn.illinois.edu/graduate/human-nutrition

department faculty: https://fshn.illinois.edu/directory/faculty/


college website: https://aces.illinois.edu/


address: 260 Bevier Hall, 905 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 244-4498

email: FSHNGradAdmissions@illinois.edu


On Campus: Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, students are required to select a concentration:

Food Science

Human Nutrition


Online: The focus of the online Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition is Food Science. Students are not required to select a concentration.


Graduate Degree Programs in Food Science & Human Nutrition

Graduate Majors:

Food Science & Human Nutrition, MS (on campus & online)

concentrations:

Food Science

Human Nutrition

Food Science and Human Nutrition, MS – Professional Science Master's

Food Science and Human Nutrition, PhD

concentrations:

Food Science

Human Nutrition

Joint Degree Program:

Food Science & Human Nutrition, PhD and Master of Public Health, MPH


Research Areas

 In addition to receiving training in the general field of food science or human nutrition, students have the opportunity to conduct research in the following areas of specialization:

  • Food processing, engineering, and biotechnology
  • Food ingredients, properties, and interactions
  • Food microstructures, micro-carriers, and nanotechnology
  • Food chemistry
  • Food microbiology and biomass conversion
  • Food safety and security
  • Sensory sciences
  • Dietary quality and food and nutrition patterns for optimal health
  • Nutrition and disease interactions, including cancer, metabolic disorders, and gastrointestinal health
  • Nutrition across the life span
  • Biochemical and molecular nutrition
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Community nutrition

For additional information go to fshn.illinois.edu/graduate.

The PSM involves rigorous scientific training in the area of food science and/or human nutrition; additionally, instruction is provided in applied business knowledge and skills. This program is designed for those who seek careers in a science-based setting with significant managerial and leadership responsibilities. For additional information go to psm.illinois.edu/prospectivestudents/programs/foodscience.htm.


Admission

In addition to meeting the Graduate College admission requirements, a student planning to pursue a graduate degree in the department should have a baccalaureate degree in a recognized field of biological, physical, agricultural, or engineering science. Background deficiencies may be removed with graduate credit courses designed for this purpose. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants, and those whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency. Minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores can be found at grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c. Students can be admitted to start in fall, spring, or summer semesters except for the PSM concentration, which admits fall semester only. For information on the role faculty have in the admissions process go to fshn.illinois.edu/graduate/applying.


Internship in Dietetics

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition offers a dietetic internship for master's and doctoral students specializing in human nutrition. Completion of the degree and the internship qualifies the student to take the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. For information on our dietetic internship program please contact Ms. Jessica Madson (jamadson@illinois.edu).


Online Program

A non-thesis Master of Science in Food Science program is offered via live, synchronous online sessions using distance education technology. The program ensures the same degree of excellence, and courses are instructed by the same faculty, as the on-campus non-thesis program. Courses are typically offered in the evening. For requirements and additional information, please contact Dr. Dawn Bohn at dbrehart@illinois.edu.


Graduate Teaching Experience

Teaching is neither a Graduate College nor a FSHN requirement. A limited number of teaching assistantships are available to FSHN graduate students. Students are selected to be Graduate Teaching Assistants by the Department Head in consultation with the course instructor.


Financial Aid

Illinois PSM students may not hold assistantships or other tuition and fee waiver-generating appointments; statutory waivers and tuition scholarships are accepted. Financial aid for non-PSM graduate students is available in the form of fellowships, teaching and research assistantships, and tuition and partial fee waivers. Qualified candidates are considered for financial support upon application. Additional information on financial aid for graduate students can be found at fshn.illinois.edu/graduate/financial-assistance.

for the Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition: Human Nutrition Concentration


Undergraduate training must include statistics (ACE 261, CPSC 241, ECON 202, MATH 161, PSYC 235, SOC 280, or STAT 100), nutrition (equivalent to FSHN 220), and systemic physiology (equivalent to MCB 246). These undergraduate courses are not required for admission, but must be completed early in the graduate program and do not count toward concentration requirements. M.S. degrees require at least 12 hours of 500-level course work (including thesis research), and at least 8 of these 12 hours must be in the major field for graduation. 

Additional courses may be required beyond the concentration minimum, per Advisory Committee recommendations, depending upon student/advisor learning objectives. A student whose prior education includes course work with identical or similar content to those specified above will be guided by their advisor and Advisory Committee regarding the selection of additional course work needed to meet the minimum hours of the HN concentration.

Students are encouraged to take new courses, rather than retake required courses they have already taken. If you have already taken a required course at the University of Illinois, it is highly recommended that you do not retake it. No petition is required. If you have taken a very similar course at another university, you are strongly encouraged to petition for acceptance of that course in lieu of the required course. Courses should be selected to expand and strengthen your knowledge in core and related disciplines, and/or to increase your research capabilities. Retaking a course does not meet that objective. For additional advice on this topic, contact your advisor and faculty advisory committee.

Students are required to enroll in another seminar course if they have a conflict that precludes their enrollment in FSHN 597 or NUTR 500. The seminar course may be offered by another department.

Course selection is flexible beyond this list if decided in consultation with advisor/advisory committee.

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate handbook and the Graduate College Handbook 

This degree program can be completed with or without a thesis.

Thesis Option
Required Concentration Hours26-27
FSHN 597Graduate Seminar0 to 1
or NUTR 500 Nutritional Sciences Seminar
FSHN 599Thesis Research (6 hours)6
Total Hours Thesis Option32
Non-Thesis Option
Required Concentration Hours26-27
FSHN 597Graduate Seminar0 to 1
or NUTR 500 Nutritional Sciences Seminar
Total Hours Non-Thesis Option32

Other Requirements

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 8
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall 12
Additional courses may be required beyond the concentration minimum per Advisory Committee recommendation
Oral Final Exam Non-Thesis Only
Final Exam/Thesis Defense Required Thesis Only
Thesis Deposit Required Thesis Only
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Concentration Requirements

Requirements for Thesis Degree:

Total Hours for Concentration in Human Nutrition26-27
Required Courses:17-19
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry (or higher)3
FSHN 420Nutritional Aspects of Disease3
FSHN 426Biochemical Nutrition I3
FSHN 427Biochemical Nutrition II3
FSHN 465Principles of Food Technology3
FSHN 593Seminar in Foods and Nutrition2
Electives:
To meet 26-27 hours minimum, of which at least 3 (thesis MS) or 6 (non-thesis MS) hours need to be graded courses at the 500-level.
FSHN 421Pediatric Clinical Nutrition3
FSHN 424Biopsychology of Ingestive Behavior3
FSHN 428Community Nutrition3
FSHN 429Nutrition Assessment & Therapy3
FSHN 440Applied Statistical Methods I4
FSHN 480Basic Toxicology3
FSHN 510Topics in Nutrition Research (Up to 4 hours count toward degree)1 to 3
FSHN 520Advanced Clinical Nutrition (up to 6 hours count toward degree)2
FSHN 590Dietetic Internship I (Restricted to dietetics internship students only. Students enrolled in the Graduate Dietetic Internship may count up to 5 hours of FSHN 590 or FSHN 591 towards 500-level course requirements.)5
FSHN 592Graduate Internship Experience (Up to 2 hours count toward degree)0-2
FSHN 598Advanced Special Problems1-8
or NUTR 593 Individual Topics in Nutrition
NUTR 511Regulation of Metabolism4
NUTR 550Grantsmanship and Ethics3
NUTR 590Disciplinary Seminar (Up to 2 hours count toward degree)0 to 2
ANSC 421Minerals and Vitamins3
ANSC 520Protein and Energy Nutrition3
ANSC 524Nonruminant Nutrition Concepts2

Requirements for Non-Thesis Degree: 

Total Hours for Concentration in Human Nutrition26-27
Required Courses:17-19
MCB 450Introductory Biochemistry (or higher)3
FSHN 465Principles of Food Technology3
FSHN 440Applied Statistical Methods I4
FSHN 521Molecular Basis of Metabolic Syndrome and Weight Management3
FSHN 522Dietary Prevention of Cardiovascular and Other Chronic Diseases3
FSHN 527Advanced Vitamins and Minerals: Regulations of Metabolism3
FSHN 593Seminar in Foods and Nutrition2
FSHN 597Graduate Seminar (required for every semester)0-1
or NUTR 500 Nutritional Sciences Seminar
Electives:
To meet 26-27 hours minimum, of which at least 3 (thesis MS) or 6 (non-thesis MS) hours need to be graded courses at the 500-level.
FSHN 421Pediatric Clinical Nutrition3
FSHN 428Community Nutrition3
FSHN 429Nutrition Assessment & Therapy3
FSHN 480Basic Toxicology3
FSHN 510Topics in Nutrition Research (may take multiple modules)1 to 3
FSHN/NUTR 511Regulation of Metabolism4
FSHN 520Advanced Clinical Nutrition (up to 6 hours count toward degree)2
ANSC 520Protein and Energy Nutrition3
FSHN 595Advanced Topics in Food Science and Human Nutrition (may take multiple modules)1 to 4
ANSC 524Nonruminant Nutrition Concepts2
Internship:up to 8 hours (10 for dietectics)8-10
FSHN 590Dietetic Internship I (Restricted to dietetics internship students only. Students enrolled in the Graduate Dietetic Internship may count up to 5 hours of FSHN 590 or FSHN 591 towards 500-level course requirements.)5
or FSHN 591 Dietetic Internship II
FSHN 592Graduate Internship Experience (Up to 2 hours count toward degree)0-2
FSHN 598Advanced Special Problems1-8
or NUTR 593 Individual Topics in Nutrition