Graduate Certificate in School Nutrition Specialist

The Graduate Certificate in School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) combines the advanced study of applied nutrition with the development of knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to provide school nutrition services. The certificate is designed for those who wish to fulfill the academic and internship requirements to become a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS). Visit the School Nutrition Association website at for information on these requirements and the national credentialing examination.

Certificate Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate certificate, students will:

  • Prepare to assume district level/supervisory positions in school nutrition
  • Understand and assess the nutritional needs of diverse populations, especially of school-aged children at risk and of limited income
  • Perform the variety of tasks required for operating successful school foodservice programs
  • Prepare to communicate effectively in interactions with other professionals and stakeholders
  • Be prepared to sit for the national Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Exam.


Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree in a related field from a regionally accredited college or university and must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended as an undergraduate or graduate student. Bachelor’s degree in a related field includes: food and nutrition, hospitality, or business with coursework covering the following areas:
    • Basic nutrition (course must be within last 5 years) or NUED 910 Nutrition Science in the Classroom
    • Foodservice systems
    • Management
    • Basic financial and cost accounting
  • Applicants are required to possess an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Current Manager ServSafe Certification (or equivalent) good through expected date for completion of program.
  • Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, and/or colleagues, submitted with the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University by the recommender.
  • Applicants must submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking the School Nutrition Specialist certification in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities, and career plans.
  • Personal or phone interview required.


Applicants are evaluated based on numerous factors including previous college coursework; letters of recommendation; and personal statement.


For further information about the Graduate Certificate in School Nutrition Specialist, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at508-626-4501.


Transfer Credit

No transfer credit is permitted in this certificate program.



Certificate Course Requirements (3):

  • NUED 900 Leadership in Excellence in School Nutrition
  • NUED 901 Seminar and Practicum I in School Nutrition
  • NUED 902 Seminar and Practicum II in School Nutrition