Eastern Michigan University's online master's degree in nutrition ranks first in state and among the top 20 in the U.S. for 2016

Online master’s programs represent the fastest-growing level of distance learning today

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University’s online master’s program in human nutrition was recently ranked one of the best programs in the country and one of only two programs in Michigan to be recognized by Affordable Colleges Online.


Eastern Michigan ranked 18th out of 20 schools, based on such areas as graduate tuition and fees, academic and career counseling services, job placements and overall value of its online master’s degree. Central Michigan University, the only other Michigan school, ranked 19th.

“It’s important to identify the top-ranked schools that offer excellent online nutrition programs,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of Affordable Colleges Online. “Not all students who desire a master’s degree in nutrition fit into the traditional college landscape, so these programs give them the freedom to learn in the best way possible for them.”

Online master’s programs represent the fastest-growing level of distance learning today, serving both traditional students and working adults. 

The human nutrition program at Eastern Michigan offers courses such as general nutrition, sports nutrition, entrepreneurship, cultural nutrition, and nutrition and aging, said Lydia Kret, director of dietetics and human nutrition at Eastern Michigan.

Human nutrition students can also enhance their education with supporting courses outside the department, such as new venture creation, human development, and instructional design and development, Kret said.

Eastern Michigan offers both online and on campus programs in dietetics and human nutrition.

Universities must be public, not-for-profit, institutions and offer at least five online master’s degrees, in order for universities to qualify for a ranking.

Qualifying schools were evaluated based on the number of online master’s degrees available, graduate tuition and fees, academic and career counseling services, job placement for graduates and the Affordable Colleges Online Peer-Based Value (PBV), a proprietary metric that denotes the overall value or “bang for your buck,” of an online master’s degree.

“Upon graduation, our students can work in such areas as research, public health, business, education and writing,” Kret said. “This degree also can enhance a current specialization or course of study, and it fits nicely with wellness, education, business and human performance programs.”

For more information, visit the dietetics and human nutrition website.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

June 08, 2016

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Geoff Larcom