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Professional Studies, Leadership in Nutrition Concentration, M.P.S.

The Leadership in Nutrition concentration of the Master of Professional Studies degree (MPS) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program designed for working professionals who wish to earn a graduate degree and excel in their careers.

Some of the unique courses offered in the MPS Leadership in Nutrition program include Entrepreneurial Skills for Nutrition Professionals, Leadership and Motivation, Effective Program Management, Nutrition and Obesity, Leading Organization Transformation, and Conflict Management and Negotiation. This program meets January 1, 2024, requirement by the National Commission on Dietetic Registration mandate for the minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietician nutritionist graduate education registered dietician.

For those seeking to become a registered dietician, MTSU's Nutrition and Food Science Major, Dietetics Concentration (aka Didactic Program in Dietetics or DPD) meets all the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics to provide eligibility to complete a dietetic internship or to take the registration exam for dietitians. The program culminates with a professional project.

This 30-hour program combines the social sciences and the professions to make it directly applicable to the working adult who wants to increase income and promotion possibilities. It also includes six free credits for internship completion and concludes with a student-selected Capstone project. Since it is offered 100% online and available 24/7, it easily fits almost any schedule.

  • This program is:
  • Designed for the working adult.
  • Available Completely Online.
  • Provides a Flexible Schedule.
  • Does NOT require a GRE with 5 years of work experience.

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Murfreesboro native chooses MTSU for top graduate program in Leadership in Nutrition, M.P.S.

When Carmen Bell began looking at graduate programs during her dietetic internship, the search led to her hometown.

"In my search for a graduate program, I learned one of the best ones was at MTSU. After meeting with the program director, I was sold," Bell said. "The program is convenient because it is 100% online and has flexible course sequencing. The professors are amazing. They are accessible, supportive, and kind."

Besides its convenience, Bell said her classes are preparing her for her future career as a registered dietitian.

"I am gaining practical application experience through my courses that have expanded my skill set. Not only have I taken nutrition courses, but leadership, organization, research, and statistics courses, as well. These are necessary and will prepare me for a leading position in my career," Bell said.

Program's unique design led registered dietitian back to MTSU for Leadership in Nutrition, M.P.S.

What started as a hobby soon turned into a career for Northern Michigan native Ryan Rafacz. Now working as a registered dietitian at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Rafacz said the Leadership in Nutrition program's unique design is what led him back to MTSU.

"Due to the flexibility of the program, it gave me the opportunity that I was looking for to continue to work and advance my career while still raising a family. All of the classes are online, but they still offer the same full access to professors, MTSU resources, and program guidance."

Through the courses, Rafacz said he's learned valuable skills.

"You must be ready to work and excited to learn, but there is still the same encouragement, inspiration, and exceptional support that I have always come to know and love about MTSU. I can say without a doubt that it has already provided me with an incredible amount of usable skills and resources to set me up for success in a leadership role."

News Briefs

Murfreesboro native chooses MTSU for top graduate program in Leadership in Nutrition, M.P.S.

When Carmen Bell began looking at graduate programs during her dietetic internship, the search led to her hometown.

"In my search for a graduate program, I learned one of the best ones was at MTSU. After meeting with the program director, I was sold," Bell said. "The program is convenient because it is 100% online and has flexible course sequencing. The professors are amazing. They are accessible, supportive, and kind."

Besides its convenience, Bell said her classes are preparing her for her future career as a registered dietitian.

"I am gaining practical application experience through my courses that have expanded my skill set. Not only have I taken nutrition courses, but leadership, organization, research, and statistics courses, as well. These are necessary and will prepare me for a leading position in my career," Bell said.

Program's unique design led registered dietitian back to MTSU for Leadership in Nutrition, M.P.S.

What started as a hobby soon turned into a career for Northern Michigan native Ryan Rafacz. Now working as a registered dietitian at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Rafacz said the Leadership in Nutrition program's unique design is what led him back to MTSU.

"Due to the flexibility of the program, it gave me the opportunity that I was looking for to continue to work and advance my career while still raising a family. All of the classes are online, but they still offer the same full access to professors, MTSU resources, and program guidance."

Through the courses, Rafacz said he's learned valuable skills.

"You must be ready to work and excited to learn, but there is still the same encouragement, inspiration, and exceptional support that I have always come to know and love about MTSU. I can say without a doubt that it has already provided me with an incredible amount of usable skills and resources to set me up for success in a leadership role."

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  • Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator or Specialist (RD or Non-RD) 
  • Health Department W.I.C. Nutritionist (RD) or Nutrition  Educator (Non-RD) 
  • Registered Dietitian — after completing the MPS, those students having completed an internship will be eligibleto sit for the CDR exam. Registered Dietitians can work in a vast variety of areasincluding hospitals, management, community, private practice, and research. 
  • Wellness and health coaches (RD or Non-RD) 
  • Case Consultant
  • Regional Nutrition Manager

View the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for Dietitians and Nutritionists.

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