Scholastic & Graduation Requirements

Students are allowed a maximum of thirty-two (32) months to complete the program. Students must submit all written assignments and complete a three (3) credit course every sixty (60) days and the four (4) credit thesis course in ninety (90) days  to stay actively enrolled. Students who are unable to complete their thesis course in the allotted time frame (including one 14 day extension) are required to register for a thesis continuation for ½ the tuition for the course to maintain matriculation. Students are also required to take a proctored examination in every other course in the program via Skype ( and webcam.

A total of 37 credits are needed to graduate. Additionally, a research topic must be approved by your instructor and a research project satisfactorily completed to fulfill the requirements of the program. Students must clear all financial obligations and their student file must be complete before a diploma is awarded.

Students are assessed on their mastery of factual information through online and proctored exams, written assignments, and on their ability to develop and present nutrition education. Students upload written and/or oral work to their online portfolio. Students must resubmit assignments that have received a grade of 'F'. To advance through the program, students must complete all assignments and achieve an average grade of B or better. Students must successfully complete a Midterm Examination to enroll in advanced classes and must successfully complete a Final Examination before enrolling in their thesis course.

In the event that a student requires additional time to complete a course or program an extension or a leave of absence may be requested by filing out the appropriate form and receiving administrative approval.

Course Grading Scales

Letter grades are determined according to the following scale:

Grade Score Description Grade Points
A 100-94 Excellent 4.0
A- 93-90 High Quality 3.7
B+ 89-87 Very Good 3.3
B 86-84 Good 3.0
B- 83-80 Acceptable 2.7
C+ 79-77 Fair 2.3
C 76-73 Poor 2.0
C- 72-70 Very Poor 1.7
F Below 69 Failure 0.0

Grade Point Average

Students in a graduate program must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above to graduate. The registrar calculates grade point averages according to the point values in the grading scale. A grade of W (Withdraw) does not calculate into the GPA. Withdrawals, however, may be counted toward credits attempted for academic progress requirements.

Students who deserve recognition for excellence in academic performance will be identified at graduation with the following designations:

Summa Cum Laude - 3.90 - 4.00

Magna Cum Laude - 3.80 - 3.89

Cum Laude - 3.70 - 3.78

Repeating a Course

Students who receive an F (Fail) grade in a course may repeat that course one time in order to earn a passing grade. Failure of the same course a second time may result in dismissal from the University. GPA will be computed by the grade earned in the second attempt. Both course grades will remain on the transcript.