Nutritional Science MS

Total Units Required: 30-32

The Master of Science in Nutritional Science provides educational experiences for students to increase their expertise in the science of nutrition and nutrition education. Through two available options, students gain confidence in conducting and analyzing research and are prepared to become competent, evidence-based nutrition professionals and practitioners.

The option in general nutritional science. This option is designed for students who wish to study more basic than applied science and may not go on to become registered dietitian nutritionists. Most students who complete this option apply to PhD programs or find jobs in research, teaching, or industry.

The option in nutrition education. This option is designed for students who wish to work with individuals and groups in community or private agencies that address health behavior as well as to promote optimal nutritional status. Most students who complete this option become registered dietitian nutritionists and find jobs in health care, state or federally funded programs, or education.

The MS in nutritional science provides an opportunity for students to

  • Specialize in nutrition, food science, clinical nutrition, or community nutrition.
  • Complete a master's degree and concurrently qualify for membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Increase competence in food and nutrition subject matter in preparation for college teaching, research, graduate study beyond the master's degree, and administrative positions in public and private agencies.
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