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.


Admission requirements

Application Deadline:  Dec. 1 for Autumn Quarter entry


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

A. Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for all SPH students.

B. Meet the core competencies established by the Nutritional Sciences Program for all Nutritional Sciences students:

    1. Apply knowledge of human nutrient requirements in relation to genetics, metabolic pathways, and physiological function across the life course.
    2. Assess nutritional status of individuals and groups.
    3. Appraise how nutritional factors across the lifespan are linked to non-communicable diseases (NCD) and quality of life.
    4. Apply evidence-based approaches to improve diet quality and nutritional status.
    5. Apply appropriate methodologies to a research question.
    6. Explain, critique, and apply the process of public health practice and nutrition policy development.
    7. Describe the basic components and determinants of the US food and nutrition systems.

C. Translate knowledge and skills from Nutritional Sciences competencies to nutrition research or evidence-based clinical practice (when combined with dietetics training).