The Master of Science in medical nutrition provides medical professionals, students and professional school applicants a pathway to build their knowledge and expertise in the nutritional sciences. With this master’s in nutrition, you can better understand how nutrition and health care intersect.

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Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
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What is a masters in nutrition?

Students in the Master of Science in medical nutrition program learn techniques to assess and prescribe nutrition practices to maintain health and to care for and prevent diseases. In this online nutrition degree, gain a strong understanding of how to leverage testing strategies and big data to research new nutrition techniques to use in clinical practices. The master’s in nutrition is ideal if you seek a career in medical, veterinary or dental, or osteopathic health.

This online nutrition degree features 10 total classes and 30 total credit hours, and is accessible to those working in the world of medicine as well as students taking a gap year. If you’re on the path toward medical school, physician assistant programs, dental school and physical therapy programs, you can also utilize this degree to improve the competitiveness of your application.

Please note, this online master’s in nutrition does not provide a pathway to become a registered dietician (RD) or dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

What skills do I get from a masters in nutrition?

Graduates of this online masters in nutrition can:

  • Develop proficiency in basic nutritional sciences.
  • Evaluate research evidence for the most accurate, current general and disease-specific nutritional information and recommendations.
  • Learn how to evaluate patients’ diet and nutritional status.
  • Use patient information to craft individual nutrition management plans focused on optimal health and risk factor reduction.

Study nutrition with the best

As a student in the online nutrition program from the College of Health Solutions, you will earn your education with esteemed faculty dedicated to your development as a member of the health care community. College achievements include:

  • In the fall 2019, the College of Health Solutions had 6,758 students, 289 Barrett Honors scholars, 163 faculty members and $14.5 million in research expenditures.
  • Ongoing partnerships with the medical community offer students access to professional resources and networking opportunities with Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and more.


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Instructors within the College of Health Solutions have served the health care community in a variety of roles and continue to conduct research, develop new theories and lead innovation. That expertise provides master’s in nutrition students with current and evolving insights into the field. Faculty highlights include:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.

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What can I do with a master’s in nutrition?

Graduates of the Master of Science in medical nutrition online program can leverage their degrees in both professional and educational opportunities. Along with potentially appearing as more desirable candidates when applying to terminal degrees in the world of medicine, it can also help you explore a number of career fields. They include roles in areas including:

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Apply to the master's in nutrition online program

Applicants to the Master of Science in medical nutrition program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the last 60 hours of their bachelor's program. Alternatively, applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA in an applicable master's program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee.
  2. Official transcripts.
  3. Personal statement.
  4. Up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume.
  5. GRE (may be waived with other exam such as MCAT).
  6. Three letters of recommendation.
  7. Proof of English proficiency (students whose native language is not English).

GRE Waiver

Students interested in earning this online nutrition degree may be able to waive the program’s GRE requirement with one of the following conditions:

  1. A minimum 3.2 GPA with a bachelor's degree in nutrition from an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program
  2. A minimum 3.5 GPA with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  3. Applicants must submit their MCAT, DAT, or other professional school entrance examination scores or
  4. The applicant must currently be licensed by an accredited U.S. licensing board within the medical/health professions (e.g. physician, physician assistant, etc.)
  5. Please send an email to after you submit your application identifying which of the above criteria applies to you. Only when the information is verified will the GRE requirement be waived.

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