When Ansley Fowler searched for master’s degree programs in nutrition, she was in a different season than her days as an undergrad. She had completed internships, became a registered dietitian and was working with the Coca-Cola Company.
“I was definitely at a different stage of life when I was doing my undergrad in person versus my online master’s because I was working full time,” Fowler said. “I really needed the ability to be flexible.”
She ended up enrolling in the Georgia State Online master’s in nutrition program, a fully-online program that can be completed in a minimum of 36 credit hours. Fowler, who has spent most of her life in the Atlanta area, said that while the tuition was competitive, it was the connection with instructors that drew her into the program.
“Even before I had applied for the master’s program, (Dr. Anita Nucci) talked on the phone with me about the program,” Fowler said. “I could feel the passion behind the program just talking to Dr. Nucci about it. That translated to the courses that she taught.
“There was definitely a personal aspect to it.”
Not only were courses personal, but they were applicable as well. Classes on micronutrients, genetics and sports nutrition were all interesting to Fowler and expanded upon topics she had learned during her undergraduate studies.
“With the online program, there were a lot of classes that I may have already seen in some capacity in undergrad; however, this was more in depth,” she said. “All of these further enhanced my nutrition knowledge. Nutrition can be sort of intimidating to some, and so I think it was so helpful to further knowledge on that base nutrition knowledge I already had.”
Fowler was unaware of one area of the nutrition space – scientific and regulatory affairs – when she earned her bachelor’s degree. She wanted to help future students learn about the possibilities they could pursue in the future and used a classroom project to give them new experiences.
“Since I was working full time and did the master’s alongside my job, I used that opportunity to fill a gap that I felt in my undergrad,” Fowler said. “I didn’t know (scientific and regulatory affairs) existed in my undergrad, so what I wanted to do with my capstone project was to pull together a course to propose that future undergraduate students could go through a regulatory course. I actually created modules and sessions undergraduate students could use to learn more about the regulatory space.”
Today, Fowler is a nutrition innovation manager with scientific and regulatory affairs at Coca-Cola and spends her free time with her husband, 18-month-old child and golden retriever. She knows the choice she made five years ago to pursue another degree was one that set her up for success now and in the future.
“I knew that if I didn’t go forward with a master’s degree, I would potentially be at a disadvantage in the workforce,” Fowler said. “I knew I needed to do it. Stepping back and looking at the full picture of how flexible it was and the professors involved, I think everything just lined up perfectly.”
Interested in learning more about the master’s in nutrition program? Georgia State Online offers degree programs whether you are interested in becoming a registered dietitian (our coordinated program) or already have the credential (our general master’s in nutrition).
Talk to one of our enrollment coaches at 404-413-4393 or email [email protected] for more information.