How long will it take to finish the program?
The courses are offered in an arrangement which enables students to
complete the program in approximately 2 years. Once you have decided on
a program option (see classes required), utilize the course schedule
(also on the web site) to map out how you would like to take your
courses. You will then be able to tell exactly how long it will take
you to complete the program. (Please remember, however, that the course
schedule is subject to change. Also, note that courses may fill early
so you would always want to plan to register as soon course registration
is open to you.)
Do I have to be a Registered Dietitian to complete the program?
You do not have to be an R.D. to enter this program, but the Plan
B-internship option is limited to those students who have completed or
will be completing an ADA (American Dietetics Association) approved
Do I have to visit campus to complete the program?
Travel to the Mt. Pleasant, Michigan campus is never required to
complete this program. We have had students from all over the United
States complete this program and all requirements were completed from
their current location.
Is the TOEFL required?
Demonstrating English Competency at the Graduate Level.
International students whose native language is not English must
demonstrate their English language competency by one of the following
1. Achieve a satisfactory score on one of the following tests:
● Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered in
various countries and the United States by the Educational Testing
Service, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151: a minimum score of 213 CBT or 550 PBT
is required for admission. At the graduate level, exceptions may be
granted by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. TOEFL scores
should be reported to the admissions specialist of ProfEd.
Other tests will be evaluated individually, and if accepted, minimum
scores will be established by the Dean of the College of Graduate
Studies. Scores should be reported to the admissions specialist of
2. Satisfactory completion in a course of study (for example,
high school or baccalaureate degree) where the language of instruction
3. Successful completion (GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its
equivalent) of at least 12 credit hours of work in a recognized graduate
program where the language of instruction is English.
4. Employment in the United States at a professional level for at
least two years, verified by a statement from the student's current or
past employer that the student is competent in the English language.
Competency must be confirmed by an interview with the Dean of the
College of Graduate Studies or her/his designee.
5. Employment at a professional level for at least four years in a
position that relies on the use of English. Applicant must submit a
statement that English is the language of her/his professional work,
verified by a statement from the applicant's employer that the student
is competent in the English language. Competency must be confirmed by an
interview with the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies or his/her
Is the GRE required?
The GRE is not required for admission to the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program, but is encouraged.
What is the typical class size?
On an average, the typical class size is approximately 18.
How are exams administered?
Exams are completed on-line. Detailed instructions and requirements will be provided by the course professor.
What type of positions will I qualify for after completing
the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics if I am not a registered dietitian?
The M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics would be ideal for research
purposes in a non-clinical setting, foodservice management or
administration in nutrition services, but would not be suitable for
private practice, clinical dietetics work (hospitals, skilled nursing
facilities, consulting) or the majority of community/public health
work. Most states have legislation requiring that clinical nutrition
services or nutrition education services must be provided by a
registered dietitian who is licensed by the state.
Are students eligible for a tuition adjustment if they are in the military?
Military students will have their tuition rate adjusted to the $250
per credit hour reduced rate upon submitting their military picture
I'm employed full-time, is it OK to take only one class per semester?
Yes. Many of our students opt to take only one course per semester,
while others will take two or even three courses per semester. You may
complete the program at the pace that suits you, keeping in mind that
you have a maximum of seven years to complete all program requirements.
Can you explain the credit by examination (CBE) process to me?
R.D.s who did not earn graduate credit for their internship, or those
whose graduate level internship credit is more than seven years old,
are eligible to earn the 12 hours of internship credit required on the
Plan B-internship option through passing a series of three
examinations. These three examinations, frequently referred to as CBE
(credit by examination) are in the areas of 1) clinical, 2) foodservice
administration and 3) a summary examination. The exams are 100 multiple
choice questions each. Students may take the exams at anytime
throughout the course of their program. The cost for the exams is at a
rate of $40 per credit hour or $480 for all 12 credits. The exams are
administered online. CR/NC grading is utilized. Students are allowed
two attempts to pass each exam. If a passing score is not obtained
after two attempts, the student must earn the 12 credits through
electives. The application form to initiate the CBE process is available
on the forms page of this web site. The application form and a check
made payable to CMU should be mailed to Candace Maylee, 207 Wightman
Hall, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859. Once the
application has been processed, you will receive an email with
information on accessing the exam site.
How do I drop a class once registration has closed? How much of a refund will I receive?
Students may drop courses at the following web site: http://global.cmich.edu/courses/drop-withdraw.aspx. The web site contains a link to the refund chart.
Who can I contact to discuss what is required of the Plan B
paper or thesis? I also need help in deciding the subject matter of my
paper or thesis.
While administrative questions may be directed to Candace Maylee at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 989-774-2613, questions regarding the subject matter and process of
completing a plan B paper or thesis should be directed to your faculty
advisor or the program director. All students are assigned a faculty
advisor upon admission to the program. Faculty advisors are assigned as
If your last name begins with:
*A - K contact Dr. Roschelle Heuberger at 989-774-3571 or email@example.com(Program Director)
L - R contact Dr. Leslie Hildebrandt at 989-774-2514 or firstname.lastname@example.org
S - Z contact Dr. Robert Lee at 989-774-5604 or email@example.com
These advisor assignments are only temporary until you are assigned,
at a later date, a faculty member who will serve as your sponsor to
direct your thesis or paper. You will be notified once you have been
assigned a sponsor.
Am I guaranteed of getting into the classes I want each semester?
Admission into the program does not guarantee a "seat" in any given
course for any given semester. We will attempt to accommodate your
needs for course "seats" as best as we can considering enrollment
How can I raise my GPA if I do not meet the 3.0 minimum required for admission?
Deficiencies in GPA may only be remedied by completing additional senior level undergraduate coursework in the areas of the sciences or dietetics sufficient to elevate the GPA to 3.0 or better.
How long will it take to complete a Plan B paper or thesis with an individual faculty?
The process may take several months or even years. Please review the
"Informational Handout to Complete the Planning Form" found on the
forms page of this web site for additional information.
For more information about this program, contact Candace Maylee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-774-2613.