The M.A. in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in dietetics is designed for current dietetic interns or registered dietitians desiring a master’s degree that complements existing professional skills. Students earn 15 credit hours in nutritional science and 15 credit hours in complementary areas such as adult education, program planning, grant writing, family life education, and research methods.
At this time, admission to the program requires one of the following:
- prior or current acceptance into the WMU Dietetic Internship Program.
- status as a registered dietitian (R.D.).
- registration-eligible status according to the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Non-degree, probationary status may be granted to students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99. Students with that GPA range may establish eligibility for regular admission to WMU by completing nine credit hours of approved graduate-level courses toward their M.A. with a grade of “B” or better in each course.
The program is suitable for those who are concurrently enrolled in WMU’s Dietetic Internship Program, those who are registered dietitian-eligible and those who are already registered dietitians (R.D.'s) who would like to earn a master’s degree that will provide skills complementing those acquired to become a dietitian. Programs are individualized according to student career goals. In addition to taking nutrition and research core courses, popular emphasis areas that fit this concentration include adult education and family studies.