UMaine to offer online graduate program in human nutrition

The University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture will offer a new online graduate program for aspiring registered dietitians and other food or health professionals. For registered dietitian nutritionists who want to earn a master’s degree, the new online programs provide convenient educational access.

Maine’s dietitians prevent and treat malnutrition, food insecurity and obesity — all problems that affect the health and well-being of Mainers. UMaine’s dietetics program serves demand for this care as the only education program in the state accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.

The 30-credit Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition, available starting fall 2020, is a nonthesis option that will offer students broad, advanced exposure to their field. The curriculum includes professional development courses that will emphasize ethics, communication, and cultural competence, knowledge, and skills necessary for success as food industry and nutrition professionals.

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition was developed for current professionals seeking a career change or to expand their knowledge in nutrition. The certificate also is ideal for people working in food service administration, nursing and exercise science, as well as other health professionals who would like to learn more about nutrition and its role in health.

The GRE admission requirement to the master’s program is waived for students who complete the Human Nutrition or Food Technology certificates.

More information about UMaine’s human nutrition and food technology graduate programs is online.

Contact: Kathryn Yerxa,, 207.581.3109