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Master of Science: Nutrition

The Department of Health Sciences offers a Master of Science degree in Nutrition. Thesis research studies completed by graduate students in nutrition have consistently been presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo). In addition, graduate students in our department have won awards and have been nominated for Best Master’s Thesis Oral presentation. Our Program offers small classes, opportunity to work closely with faculty, an excellent learning environment, and an opportunity to conduct research.

Central Washington University is located in historic Ellensburg, Washington, 100 miles east of Seattle. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts enjoy hiking, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, fishing, bicycling, rafting, camping, and more in the beautiful Kittitas Valley and nearby Cascade Mountains.

Admission Requirements:

Baccalaureate degree in Nutrition or related fields
Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (last 90 credits)
Graduate Record Examination (above 25th percentile is recommended)
Three letters of recommendation;
A written statement of purpose identifying research interests

Minimum Requirements:

Generally speaking, most applicants have completed an Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and many applicants have completed or are completing a Dietetic Internship (DI). Applicants with degrees outside of Nutrition are encouraged to apply. However, these applicants who also seek to complete the DPD requirements to qualify for later application for admission to a DI should consider completing those courses as a post-baccalaureate student at CWU as it is less expensive and most of those courses would not be part of their graduate course of study.


$18,000 Academic Year Award

Graduate Assistantships are available to outstanding graduate candidates. Graduate assistants (GA’s) teach discussion sections of the Nutrition 101 course as well as undergraduate food laboratory courses. GA’s may also assist the faculty in other courses, grading, research and work on nutrition related projects. The award consists of a monthly stipend, health insurance, and a tuition waiver.

MS in Nutrition Curriculum:

The M.S. degree consists of 45 quarter hours of approved study.

Course # Course Title Credits

NUTR 543 Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry (3)
NUTR 545 Advanced Studies in Developmental Nutrition (4)
NUTR 547 Nutrition Update (3)
EXSC 556 Inferential Statistics in Exercise and Nutritional Studies (4)
EXSC 557 Research Methods & Design in Exercise and Nutritional Studies (4)
HHPR 700 Master’s Thesis (6)
Approved Electives (21)

Total 45

Possible approved elective courses:

BISC 513 Developments in Cellular Biology (3)
CHEM 511 Advanced Biochemistry (3)
CHEM 512 Biochemical Toxicology (3)
NUTR 596 Individual Study (approved by advisor) (1-6)
NUTR 541 Application in Dietetics (5)
HED 412 Health Aspects of Aging (3)
HED 422 Methods for Health Promotion (4)
EXCS 450 Physiology of Exercise (5)
EXCS 455 Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription (5)
EXCS 551 Advanced Physiology of Exercise I: Metabolism and Skeletal Muscle (3)
EXCS 552 Advanced Physiology of Exercise II: Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Systems (3)
EXCS 555 Environmental Stress and Human Performance (3)
EXCS 556 Ergogenic Aids and Human Performance (3)

Examples of Nutrition Research Conducted in Past 5 Years

Graduate Faculty in Nutrition

David Gee, Ph.D. University of California, Davis

Interests:Nutrition and Prevention of Chronic Disease, Epidemiology/NHANES, Sports Nutrition: Dietary Supplements, Body Composition Analysis

Ethan Bergman, Ph.D., RD Washington State University

National School Lunch Program, International Nutrition

Susan Hawk, Ph.D., RD University of California, Davis

Clinical Nutrition, Embryonic Development, Trace Minerals and Metabolism, Fatty Acids and Breast Cancer Progression, Vegetarian Diets and Hematological Changes

Nicole Stendell- Hollis, Ph.D., RD University of Arizona

Interests: Weight management, School Nutrition, Mediterranean Diet, Mother/Infant/Child Nutrition

Kelly Pritchett, Ph.D., RD, University of Alabama

Interests: Sports Nutrition, Post exercise recovery, Vitamin D, Athletes with Spinal Cord Injury

Dana Ogan, M.S. RD, Central Washington University (Associate Graduate Faculty)

Interests: Vitamin D, Sports Nutrition, Lifecycle Nutrition, School Nutrition, Eating Disorders


Dr. David Gee, Director of Nutrition Graduate Program
Department of Health Sciences
Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA 98927-7571
(509) 963-2772

Review Graduate Application Process HERE

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