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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nutrition (online) program combines advanced study in nutrition with a unique, competency-based curriculum that provides nutrition and health professionals with a broad perspective of current issues in nutrition research and ethics, health promotion and healthy aging, counseling and communications, and public health and program planning. The program emphasizes ways to incorporate new research, evidence-based applications, and entrepreneurial skills into the practice of nutrition.

Students in the M.S. in Nutrition may choose a concentration in Entrepreneurial Nutrition Practice or Community Nutrition and Wellness or may earn a Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Wellness as part of the degree. All core courses and most electives are offered online and it is possible to earn the degree fully online. Some electives and specific courses in the Certificate in Sports Nutrition and Wellness are offered in a traditional campus setting or in an accelerated conference format.

This program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in business, government, health care, and education. Graduates work in private practice, nutrition education, school systems, food and pharmaceutical industries, clinical and corporate research, community organizations, hospitals, public health agencies, worksite wellness and health promotion programs, supermarkets, and fitness facilities.

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Unique Elements of This Program

  • Ranked in the top 15 nationwide by Best
  • Concentrations in Entrepreneurial Nutrition Practice, Community Nutrition and Wellness, or Sports Nutrition and Wellness are available.
  • Multidisciplinary classes on ethical issues in the delivery of health services.
  • Courses offered online; some electives may be offered in an accelerated weekend format on campus.
  • Elective courses designed to meet personal objectives.
  • Choice of an academic portfolio, action research, or master's thesis capstone option available.

How You Will Benefit

Upon completion of the M.S. in Nutrition, students will have received advanced academic training and will be prepared to:

  • Translate nutrition theory to different target populations and apply current nutrition research to evidence based nutrition practice.
  • Demonstrate professional leadership through the communication of nutrition research using professional activities such as grant writing, peer reviewed journal publications and/or professional level presentations.
  • Recognized the psychological, social, and ethical factors that influence health and nutrition practices and the impact on delivery of nutrition services from different perspectives.

Degree Requirements

  • A total of 30 credits that include multidisciplinary based courses, advanced nutrition and metabolism, professional communications, current topics in prevention nutrition, and research-related courses.
  • The remaining electives can be taken with an emphasis that meets the student's individual plan.
  • The academic portfolio, action research, or master's thesis project may be designed within the emphasis area.

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Admission Requirements

For International Students:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. International transcripts must be evaluated by NACES (i.e. WES) on a course by course basis.
  • TOEFL/IELTS (if necessary)

Program Options

Option A:

Designed for the Registered Dietitian or student who has recently completed a supervised practice program accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Students accepted under Option A may be eligible to receive up to nine graduate credit hours towards their degree if graduate level courses were completed during their dietetic internship and meet program requirements. Credits must be pre-approved by the graduate program director.

Option B:

Intended for the person with a baccalaureate degree in foods, nutrition, and/or dietetics (non-RD) or the person with a baccalaureate degree in a non-nutrition area who desires an advanced degree in nutrition. Students must meet prerequisites for admission.

Option C:

Designed for the person with a baccalaureate or master's degree in nutrition or closely related field who desires an advanced certificate in nutrition with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition and Wellness. The Certificate is designed to meet the requirements of the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor Certification. Students complete 13 credits in the specialized area.

Option D:

Designed for the student seeking a combined M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship Program. Upon successful completion, the student earns an M.S. in Nutrition and a Verification of Dietetic Internship Completion and is eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD/RDN). To apply to this option, see the Dietetic Internship Application materials at Applicants to this option must participate in the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) and D&D Digital computer matching. See separate program admission and program requirements available at


For additional program information, contact:

Anne Buison, Ph.D., RDN
Chair of Foods and Nutrition Program
(973) 290-4065

For admission information, contact:

Marie Scolavino
Graduate and Continuing Studies
(973) 290-4413

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