The BS/MS degrees prepare you for advanced professional degrees, including medical, physician assistant or chiropractic programs, and for further study at the PhD level. The BS portion is an excellent applied health degree with numerous certifications available. The addition of the MS degree prepares you for positions as a nutrition professional in certain industries. This degree does not lead to registered dietitian (RD) licensure or allow you to practice as an RD.
If you are an honors student or UB scholar, you can apply as a freshman and then complete the Promotion to Professional Sequence application. If you are a student in the exercise science bachelor’s degree program, you can apply once you are in the professional sequence. Learn more about how to apply.
You don’t need to choose an area of research unless you choose the thesis option for the master’s portion of the program. If you do select the thesis option, discuss your interests with the faculty member you have chosen as a mentor. The best way to find who you want to work with is to talk with other students, read about research collaborations with faculty members and then arrange meetings with those faculty members with similar interests.
You can start in your junior year, but most students make arrangements with their mentors during their senior year and start in the summer before the fifth year.