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Benefits of Earning a Graduate Certificate at MSU Denver

Few things are more elemental to health promotion and disease prevention than nutrition. This convenient hybrid program provides up-to-date information relevant to your professional career or personal life.

At MSU Denver, quality education is the focus. Our advanced curriculum provides a solid foundation of knowledge in nutrition. Our Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science offers:

  • Convenient hybrid classes, allowing you to balance your certificate coursework with your life demands.
  • 8-week course blocks, providing timely course progression and completion of the certificate.
  • 12 credit hours of coursework, focused on building your expertise in advanced nutrition topics.
  • Continuing education, meeting continuing education requirements for many healthcare professions.
  • Culturally responsive curriculum, leading to more well-rounded knowledge of health and disease.
  • Small class sizes, providing more interaction and connection with peers and faculty.
  • A diverse faculty and student population, encouraging depth of thought in and out of the classroom.

Program Curriculum

Curriculum in the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science focuses on providing advanced nutrition education tailored to current RDN’s, healthcare professionals, and individuals looking to grow personally or professionally through graduate level study.

Courses are offered in 8-week blocks and delivered in hybrid format. Hybrid format partners the best of online education and face-to-face learning. Engaging in the classroom with peers and faculty members will deepen your learning experience, broaden your perspective, and strengthen your professional network. Completing components of each course online will provide flexibility and allow us to meet your needs as a busy individual.

Graduate Certificate Coursework

The Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science can be obtained through completing 12 credit hours of graduate level nutrition coursework at MSU Denver.

Required courses for the Graduate Certificate include (6 credit hours):

  • NUT 5010: Macronutrients in Health and Disease (3 credit hours)
  • NUT 5011: Vitamins, Minerals, and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease (3 credit hours)

Elective courses – select two of the following (6 credit hours required):

  • NUT 5020: Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • NUT 5030: Advanced Assessment and Intervention in Clinical Nutrition (3 credit hours)
  • NUT 5031: Advanced Clinical Practice Topics (3 credit hours; prerequisite – NUT 5030)
  • NUT 5050: Global and Cultural Topics in Nutrition (3 credit hours)

Coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science can be completed in as little as 8 months. All coursework must be completed within a 5 year timeframe.

Graduate Certificate Advising Guide

Course Descriptions

Admission and Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

For Fall 2022, the priority deadline is March 1, 2022. Acceptance after the priority deadline is only granted if space in the program is available. The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is June 1, 2022.

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Here are the steps to complete an application:

  1. Complete the online Graduate Admission Application
  2. Submit a $50 non-refundable fee online
  3. Submit Official Transcripts directly from all colleges and universities attended to Graduate Admissions at [email protected]
    *MSU Denver official transcripts do not need to be requested

Program Prerequisites

Full program acceptance requires prerequisite coursework with a grade of C- or higher in:

  • Chemistry
  • Organic and biological chemistry (minimum of 1 semester combined)
  • Anatomy and physiology (the equivalent of 6 credit hours)
  • Upper division human nutrition course with macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism as the focus of the course (minimum of 3 credit hours)
  • Medical nutrition therapy (minimum of 3 credits of a combined medical nutrition therapy I and II or equivalent)

Students must have all science prerequisites (chemistry, organic and biological chemistry, anatomy and physiology) completed prior to their entry term in the Grad Certificate program. The upper division human nutrition course and medical nutrition therapy course are the only two prerequisites that can be completed after starting the Grad Certificate program. The upper division human nutrition course and medical nutrition therapy course prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C- or higher within the first year of the term of acceptance into the program.

If you have multiple prerequisites to complete, please contact the Nutrition Department to speak with an advisor about the timeline for completing the necessary prerequisites and the best admission semester based on your specific course needs. You can contact the Department of Nutrition at 303-615-0990.

If you are interested in completing your prerequisites at MSU Denver, the Prerequisites for a Nutrition Graduate Program (PNUT) is an undergraduate program that allows you to complete prerequisites for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics or the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science.

Regular Admission with Requirements

Acceptance into the program may be granted if a student is lacking up to six (6) credits of prerequisite coursework. Students lacking prerequisite coursework must successfully complete the required course(s) with a grade of C- or higher within one year o acceptance to the program. Students with a GPA lower than a 3.0 can be accepted into the program. Students accepted into the program with a GPA lower than a 3.0 must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during the first semester of the program.

Transfer Students

For the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science, students may transfer in up to three (3) credits of graduate level coursework from a regionally accredited university. Each transfer course must have a minimum grade of “C” and have been completed within 5 years of admission to the program.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science are non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students do not qualify for financial aid and must re-apply and pay a new application fee in order to become degree seeking. Completing coursework as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission into a degree program. Students accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science may take up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework in the program. These credits may also be applied to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree.

Prior Learning Assessment

In general, no credit is given for prior learning experience derived from employment or other life experience.

Tuition, Fees & Financial Aid

Proposed Tuition & Fees

The proposed tuition for the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science is $550/credit hour for residents and $650/credit hour for non-residents. Proposed tuition and fee schedules are outlined below.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is not available for Graduate Certificate students due to their non-degree seeking status.

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