About the Program

The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition in the College of Health Professions of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) offers graduate work leading to a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition through the UAMS Graduate School. The program is designed to prepare health professionals and registered dietitians/ registered dietitians nutritionists to practice as advanced level practitioners. Other health professionals may participate in this program to enable them to practice as nutrition specialists within their professional arenas. Graduates of science programs may also use the program to develop research skills in nutrition.

The student has a choice of a thesis option or a non-thesis option. Starting Fall 2021, all coursework will be offered 100% online, allowing students to participate with the least disruption to their employment.

Admission Factors

While the program is designed primarily for students coming from a foods and nutrition or dietetics background, other health professionals and science graduates may qualify for the program.  Three basic prerequisite courses or their equivalent, however, are essential for admission and include:

  1. Nutrition,
  2. Biochemistry in nutrition science or physiological chemistry, and
  3. Medical nutrition therapy (or diet in disease).


Download the 2023 to 2024 MSCN Student Handbook