How does the Master of Arts in Nutrition and Wellness differ from the Master of Science option?
The M.A. program emphasizes building knowledge of research principles and foundational nutrition concepts rather than completing original research. Unlike the M.S. program, the M.A. program does not require a thesis. Students complete a capstone course that involves an in-depth examination of an appropriate subject via a literature review and professional communications. In addition, graduates of the M.A. program earn two certificates, a Health Research Planning Certificate and a certificate in their choice.
In what areas are the certificates offered?
The three certificate options are aligned to customize to student career goals and professional development:
- Community Nutrition Engagement focuses on tailoring programs to the specific needs of communities and clients.
- Nutrition Entrepreneurship prepares students to establish and manage their own nutrition-related business or consultancy.
- Health Education and Promotion explores the design, development and evaluation of health education programs.
What is required for admission?
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a life science (e.g., biology, nutrition or dietetics, nursing, health, exercise physiology) or physical science (e.g., chemistry, biochemistry) or a B.A. degree with the required coursework. In addition, all prospective students must have completed all the prerequisite courses, with a “C” or better, prior to acceptance into this program. These prerequisite courses for this master’s degree include undergraduate (or graduate) courses in each of the following: physiology (or anatomy and physiology) and 200-level basic nutrition. Recommended is a basic course in research principles.
Applicants should have a minimum 3.000/4.000 cumulative GPA and a minimum score of 30th percentile in each of the three areas of the GRE: verbal, quantitative and analytical.
International applicants and applicants who speak English as a second language must have a minimum TOEFL test score of 600 on paper-based test or a score of 250 on the computer-based test or 80 on the internet-based test.
What is unique about this program?
Benedictine University offers the only M.A. degree in Nutrition and Wellness in the country, is one of only two private schools offering a Nutrition and Wellness program online and the only one with a health promotion disease-prevention approach. In addition, every student who completes the master’s degree will earn a Research Certificate as well as a second certificate in their area.
Does this program prepare me for any industry certifications?
Students who complete the Health Education and Promotion certificate as part of this degree may be eligible for certification by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
What is the time commitment for the online M.A. in Nutrition and Wellness?
The time commitment varies depending on individual study habits and other variables, but you should plan on spending about 15 to 20 hours a week on coursework.
How long does it take to complete the MANW program?
The program can be completed in about two years.
Will I need to visit the main campus?
No—all coursework can be completed online. However, online students are welcome to visit the main campus anytime, especially at graduation!
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