Nutrition

Nutrition Online Master of Science (M.S.) – Nutrition Concentration

About Nutrition

Coach your clients on how to eat well.

Changes in diet can improve athletic performance, boost fitness and improve one’s overall health and wellness. Choose the nutrition concentration at California University of Pennsylvania, and you can focus your master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion on this important aspect of healthful living.

Cal U is a leader in online education for exercise science professionals, and its graduate-level nutrition program is based on the most current research. Students learn to create successful nutrition plans and offer coaching and guidance on:

  • Advanced nutritional concepts.
  • Strategies for changing behavior.
  • Applied nutrition for special populations, and more.

Provide nutritional guidance for your clients, patients or athletes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese – and the demand for qualified professionals in the field of dietetics and nutrition is growing.

Although Cal U’s nutrition program does not prepare students to become registered dieticians, it does provide advanced education regarding nutrition for professionals in nutrition, fitness, wellness, nursing, coaching, the military and other related fields. The program is also an excellent choice for nutritionists or registered dieticians who wish to pursue a master’s degree.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: NUTRITION

Convenient Online Education: Cal U’s fully online nutrition program makes it convenient for professionals with busy work schedules to earn a master’s degree. Coursework can be done at any time of day, from any location with internet access. Complete the 36-credit program on a full-time or part-time schedule, or combine the nutrition program with a second concentration to earn a 48-credit dual concentration degree.

Customize Your Program: Personalize your M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion by choosing areas of focus that advance or enhance your career. Select the nutrition concentration alone, or combine it with one of these programs to create a dual concentration:

Students seeking a professional credential instead of a master’s degree can select the 12-credit post-bachelor’s nutrition certificate as a stand-alone credential. In fact, Cal U offers certificates in all of the program areas listed above.

Better Nutrition for All: Nutrition education can lead to healthier food choices for everyone – from children to older adults, elite athletes to ordinary people who wish to improve their overall health and wellness. With a master’s degree program focused on nutrition, you’ll be prepared to provide sound, research-based guidance to your clients or patients.

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21 %
Projected increase in employment growth for dietetics and nutrition professionals from 2012-2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
$58,920  
Median annual salary for nutritionists nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Degree Benefits

Employment in the field of dietetics and nutrition is growing faster than the average of all U.S. occupations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Cal U’s master’s degree concentration in nutrition prepares you to meet this growing demand. It also provides a valuable area of expertise for coaches, fitness instructors, nurses and other professionals who are concerned with enhancing physical performance and promoting good health.

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of Cal U’s nutrition program demonstrate advanced knowledge of nutrition and the way food choices impact our lives. They are prepared for employment in a variety of fields, including nutrition counseling, wellness coaching, fitness instruction, sports coaching and many other areas.

 
Nutrition Concentration – Online Master’s Degree
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Eat Right for Life

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that evidence-based, outcome-driven interventions can lead to healthier food choices among populations ranging from older adults to families with school-age children. Cal U’s nutrition concentration is based on the latest research, so you’ll be equipped to provide nutrition education and planning for patients or clients at any stage of life.

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Added Expertise

If your primary interest is coaching, fitness instruction, rehabilitation, sport psychology or another exercise science field, advanced knowledge of nutrition can add value to your professional portfolio. For dieticians and nutritionists, Cal U’s online program is a convenient route to graduate-level education and a high-quality master’s degree.

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Military Tuition Discount

Cal U discounts tuition costs for active-duty service members and veterans of all U.S. military branches, as well as their spouses and eligible dependents, when they enroll through the University’s Global Online division.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
PRF 700 Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3
PRF 705 Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3
PRF 715 Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 718 Health Behavior Change in Nutrition Education 3
PRF 720 Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 758 Applied Principles of Human Nutrition 3
PRF 760 Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765 Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770 Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 781 Current Topics in Fitness and Wellness
3
PRF 788 Nutrition Through the Lifecycle 3
PRF 800 Research in Wellness and Fitness 3
Total 36
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.50 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Global Online Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.50 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Resume may be requested
    • Two professional references may be requested
    • Two professional letters of recommendation may be requested
    • An interview by the program coordinator may be requested to determine potential for success in the program.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.)

Relevant Programs

Concentrations

 

Select a single concentration as the focus of your degree or add a second approved area of focus to create a dual concentration. Post-bachelor’s certificates are available in these areas as well.

Certifications
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach
  • Fusionetics®
  • Les MillsTM

Additional Resources

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration

Nutrition Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Carol Biddington
Professor

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

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Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh
Professor

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Julie Ramsey Emrhein
Part-Time Assistant Professor

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Dr. Marc S. Federico
Professor

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Associate Professor

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Melissa Hatton
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
Professor

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Christina Lombardo
Professor

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy
Professor

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Dr. Brian Oddi
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer
Professor

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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby
Professor

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James Thornton, MA, ATC, PES, CES
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

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Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor

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Dr. Tom West
Professor

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