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Admissions Requirements

Applicants for this Master’s degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition must,

  1) Have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited University, with a 3.0 or better GPA (with a B minimum in sciences);

   2) Be either credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), or provide transcript evidence of pre-requisite college level science courses (General Biology, Chemistry (with laboratory), Organic Chemistry (with laboratory), Biochemistry, Anatomy, Human Physiology, Genetics (recommended), Microbiology (recommended), and Statistics (recommended).

Degree Requirements

Saybrook’s Integrative and Functional Nutrition degree program [1] requires 50 credits, and includes five in-person residential conferences, and one 3-credit elective. No thesis or project is required. With the exception of the residential conferences, coursework is conducted in an online learning environment. The expected length of this program is 21 months with no summer break. Note: this degree program does not lead to eligibility to sit for the registration exam for dietitian nutritionists (the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential).

Master of Science (MS) in Integrative and Functional Nutrition Curriculum

Course Credits
MBM 1028 Information Competency and Library Use-MS 3
MBM 5501 MS Graduate Colloquium and Program Planning I 1
MBM 5502 MS Graduate Colloquium and Program Planning II 1
MBM 5536 Fundamentals of Research -- Dietetics and Nutritional Research 3
MBM 5611 Nutrition and Health: Whole Foods and Culinary Nutrition 3
MBM 5631 Coaching for Health and Wellness – Dietary and Nutritional Coaching 3
MBM 5655 Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health 3
MBM 5670 Foundations of Integrative and Functional Nutrition 3
MBM 5671 Advanced Nutritional Biochemistry 3
MBM 5672 Nutritional Perspectives from Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine 3
MBM 5673 Integrative Approaches to the Digestive System 3
MBM 5675 Laboratory Assessment in Integrative and Functional Nutrition 3
MBM 5676 Dietary Supplements and Herbal Medicine 3
MBM 5677 Integrative and Functional Nutrition: Therapeutics 3
MBM 5678 Advanced Nutrition and Physiology 3
MBM 5679 Practicum in Integrative Clinical Nutrition 3
MBM 5680 Professional Development Seminar in Integrative Nutrition 3
Elective Credits Included 3
TOTAL CREDITS 50

Degree Requirements for 2014-2015 Academic Year approved by MBM Degree Program Committee.

NOTES:

  • The degree completion time for a student following the default course sequence will average two years. Some students may complete degree requirements sooner and some may take longer to complete this degree. 
  • View a list of acceptable School of Mind-Body Medicine elective courses. Available electives will be discussed with your mentor during your Graduate Colloquium and Program Planning I course in your first semester of enrollment. Students may also choose an elective from the required courses in other specializations.
  • This is a structured cohort program; the sequence of courses is different for students who start in the fall than for students who start in the spring. Your specific course sequence will be discussed with your mentor during your Graduate Colloquium and Program Planning I course in your first semester of enrollment. See below for an example of a the program course sequence:

Sample schedule for Fall 2015 Cohort (PDF)