Sonoran offers a pathway that allows students to earn two degrees at once. Students enrolled in Sonoran’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) degree program can now also complete the requirements for Sonoran’s Master of Science of Clinical Nutrition (MSCN) degree or Sonoran’s Executive Master of Science in Nutrition Business Leadership (MSNBL) degree while they are completing the ND degree.
This pathway creates an opportunity for our ND students to graduate with both an MS and ND degree upon completion of their ND program.
Students enrolled in either Sonoran’s 4-year ND program of study (ND4) and 5-year program of study (ND5) are eligible to apply as early as Quarter 5 (ND4) or Quarter 9 (ND5).
No. This is not a dual degree program or new degree program for Sonoran. Sonoran is offering a pathway for Sonoran’s ND students to earn the MS and ND degrees concurrently so that they can graduate with the two degrees at the same time.* Concurrently enrolled students must meet all Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements in each program to remain on track to graduate and be awarded the two degrees at the same time.
No, two separate applications must be submitted. Since this is not a dual degree program and since the two fields of study are housed in two different colleges at Sonoran, students must apply and get admitted to both colleges/programs separately.
If all admission and eligibility criteria are met, ND student begins MS program in Q9 (ND4)/Q13 (ND5) for MSCN or Q11 (ND5) for MSNBL.
If you’re not ready to start by the end of your second year, there are still paths for you to earn both degrees outside of the concurrent enrollment option.
Yes. Select ND coursework is eligible credit for some MS courses. Student must have successfully completed all nutrition prerequisite courses to receive credit toward MS programs and no more than 12-credits from the ND program are permissible.
NOTE: This only applies to ND students who have completed the courses at Sonoran. ND students who completed coursework at other schools will have to have their courses reviewed through Sonoran’s transfer credit evaluation process outlined in the Course Catalog and on our website.