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Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition

Maximize your opportunities for faculty research collaboration across disciplines with our master’s degree in nutrition.

This degree program will prepare you for advanced professional programs, clinical research or careers in industries such as food, hospitality, health facilities, government or private consulting.

Nutrition Science and Clinical Nutrition Tracks

Personalize the program with one of two specialty tracks.

  • Choose the nutrition science track if you have a background in biological sciences, are interested in nutrition research or in acquiring a stronger nutrition background for application in another discipline. Your undergraduate preparation for this track should include courses in nutrition, chemistry, mathematics, biology and biochemistry.
  • Choose the clinical nutrition track if you are a registered dietitian or will soon be one, and are looking for graduate study in clinical dietetics with a strong emphasis on nutrition science. This track offers emphases in:
    • Clinical dietetics in specialized areas of health care
    • Clinical instruction in dietetics
    • Program management of clinical or community nutrition services

For acceptance in the clinical nutrition track, you must be eligible for the registered dietitian (RD) exam. One year of clinical nutrition experience is preferred.

Comprehensive Exam, Project or Thesis Options

You can complete either track with a comprehensive exam, project or thesis. Your advisor will guide you through this process.

If you are applying for a thesis option, we strongly suggest that you contact a faculty member in your area of interest to arrange an in-person or phone interview.

Students in the BS/MS program generally choose the comprehensive exam option but may elect to complete a thesis or project. Choosing a thesis or project may extend the length of the program beyond five years.