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MS in Nutritional Sciences

The Masters of Science in Nutritional Sciences is an interdisciplinary program of graduate studies designed to provide students with advanced understanding of human nutrition. The curriculum includes application in both research and community settings. The degree requires coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology and nutritional sciences. Successful completion requires a research-based master's thesis.

Likely Careers

Graduates have careers in research, academic institutions, community settings, and the private sector.

At a Glance

Administering Department:
Interdisciplinary Program

Admission requirements

Application Deadline:  Dec. 1 for Autumn Quarter entry

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Upon satisfactory completion of the MS in Nutritional Sciences, graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health for all MS students;
  • Apply knowledge of human nutrient requirements and their relationship to metabolic pathways and physiological function to clinical nutrition practice and nutrition research;
  • Perform an in depth assessment of the nutritional status of individuals and groups;
  • Appraise how nutritional factors across the lifespan affect etiology, incidence, and prevalence of major diseases, quality of life, and productivity at work and school in the population;
  • Explain and critique the process, rationale and issues related to establishing nutrient requirements and dietary guidance for the population;
  • Select and apply appropriate research methodologies (critically evaluate literature, study design, statistical analysis) according to area of interest and career goals; and
  • Apply conceptual models of evidence-based approaches to promoting nutritional health.