Fruits, Vegetables, Grains and Protein


The Accelerated Master’s degree program (AMP) is designed to offer UVM Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS) or Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Sciences (DNFS) students an opportunity to earn both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences in five years. This will be a 30 credit MS degree with 9 credits toward the MS earned during the senior year (six of which will also count toward the BS).  The remaining 21 credits will be taken in the 5th year of study.  Full-time graduate student status will begin the summer after undergraduate graduation and be maintained until completion of the MS in NFS.  The program is designed as a stepping stone to pursuit of clinical or community practice opportunities in nutrition and dietetics or professional opportunities in the food industry.

Requirements for Admission:

Students apply for admission to the Nutrition and Food Sciences AMP program during the regular application cycle.  Admission is restricted to students that are either entering the spring term of their junior year and no later than the start of the fall semester of their senior year. 

Admission to the accelerated program requires the following:

  1. A declared major in NFS or DNFS.
  2. A minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA is required; a GPA of 3.3 or higher is preferred.
  3. Completion of a college-level statistics course.
  4. Completion of the Graduate College application form and three letters of recommendation
  5. A letter of support from a faculty member who is willing to serve as primary mentor during enrollment in the MS program.
  6. Finalists will be interviewed. 
  7. Students must be admitted through the Graduate College before taking any courses that will be applied toward the master’s degree requirements.

**Students taking a 200 level course approved for graduate credit as part of the AMP program must notify the faculty member of the course that they are taking the course at the graduate level before the course begins. That notification must be copied to

Program Requirements:

  • Students must complete 30 credits
  • Students must complete a 3-6 credit final project under the direction of their graduate faculty mentor.  
  • Nine credits taken during the senior year can be transferred in to the MS degree. However, only 6 of these credits can be counted for the NFS/DNFS undergraduate degree.
  • This is a non-thesis track MS degree

Course requirements:

  • Stat 211:  Statistical Methods 1  (3 cr)
  • NFS 360:  Research Methods  (3 cr)
  • NFS 350: Seminar (2 cr)
  • Remaining elective courses should be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor and must be approved for graduate credit.  

Comprehensive Examination:

  • AMP candidates will present a seminar before the end of the first semester of the MS degree program.
  • This seminar will focus on a literature review of a topic to be determined by the student and their faculty advisor. 
  • The candidate will be expected to provide an abstract of the seminar and a link to one pertinent online article related to the seminar topic.
  • The abstract (electronic version) and link to a pertinent article must be submitted to the course instructor no later than one week prior to the seminar date.
  • The course instructor will distribute the abstract and link to the NFS faculty and students.
  • Within two weeks following the seminar date, the candidate will meet with his/her advisor and the AMP MS graduate committee to discuss the student’s performance with the seminar and provide feedback. This seminar and the committee meeting that follows will constitute the student’s M.S. Comprehensive Examination.
For more information contact: Stephen Pintauro, PhD, or 802-656-0541