FAQs

1. What are the eligibility requirements?
2. How are candidates evaluated?
3. What are the goals of the program?
4. What is my service obligation to the military?
5. What costs are associated with the Master's Program in Nutrition?
6. What kind of Masters Degree will be awarded?
7. What coursework will be focused on in the Master's Program of Nutrition?
8. What kind of physical exam or medical exams will be required to apply to the program?
9. Is the Air Force accepting applicants to the program?




1. What are the eligibility requirements?
The applicant must:

  1. Must complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Accredited Universities & Colleges.
  2. Complete a minimum of 27 hours of prerequisite course work with a 3.25 GPA or Complete a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  3. Have a combined GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score of at least 300 in the verbal and quantitative portions, and a minimum GRE analytical writing score of 3.5.
  4. Have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.
  5. Be a U.S. citizen.
  6. Meet medical and physical fitness standards. (See question #12 for related content.)
  7. Have a favorable security investigation completed.
  8. Meet service specific age requirements.

2. How are candidates evaluated?
Records are reviewed and evaluated based on:

  1. Undergraduate academic performance
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Demonstrated interest in military service
  4. Leadership potential
  5. Experience in foodservice and/or dietetics
  6. GRE scores
  7. Telephonic interview

3. What are the goals of the program?
The program will ensure:

  1. Graduates are prepared to pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam within six months of program completion.
  2. Graduates are competent entry-level registered dietitian nutritionist who provide the full spectrum of nutrition care within one year of graduation.
  3. Prepare graduates who uphold the ethical principles of the U.S. Army and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  4. Promote a learning environment that fosters communication, collaboration, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills.
  5. Provide an environment dedicated and focused towards research and life-long learning.

4. What is my service obligation to the military?
After completing the 20-month Graduate Program in Nutrition, officers must remain on active duty for an additional 4 years. A total service commitment of 6 years.

5. What costs are associated with the Master's Program in Nutrition?
The applicants' approximate costs upon acceptance into the program are:

  1. National computer matching cost: $50; however there are no other application or tuition fees.
  2. Local transportation costs.
  3. Professional membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - $50
  4. Professional membership in local dietetics affiliation - variable.
  5. Military uniforms cost is variable ($500-$1000).
  6. Social and cultural events - $200
  7. Textbooks, software, and journal subscriptions- $500
  8. Laptop - Variable
Note: You will receive a $1000 book stipend each year of the program that can offset the above costs. There are no costs associated with liability insurance. Healthcare providers in the Department of Defense are not required or encouraged to carry medical liability insurance.

6. What kind of Masters Degree will be awarded?
Upon successful completion of the didactic and research requirements, students will be awarded a Masters of Science in Nutrition from Baylor University.

7. What coursework will be focused on in the Master's Program of Nutrition?
The Military-Baylor University Masters Program of Nutrition has several primary focus areas: Nutrition and Performance; Medical Nutrition Therapy; Research; Military Nutrition; and Nutrition in Stability Operations.

8. What kind of physical exam or medical exams will be required to apply to the program?
A physical examination by a military physician must be completed and approved prior to the selection board. Examination results are submitted with the application packet to the selection board. The Recruiter will arrange for this examination at no cost to the applicant at a nearby medical treatment facility, though travel expenses are not reimbursed. The physical exam will include labwork (blood and urine) and can take several hours to complete. Prescreening forms are required to be completed and forwarded to the Recruiter prior to the exam.

9. Is the Air Force accepting applicants to the program?
Currently, the Air Force is not accepting applicants into the Baylor-US Military Master's Program in Nutrition.

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