The online MS in Medical Nutrition is designed for future and current healthcare professionals, including gap year students (those who have completed their BS degree but have not yet secured admission to a medical school) and current medical students, residents, fellows, and practitioners seeking to develop a strong knowledge base in the nutritional sciences and its application in healthcare.

ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

Lifestyle-related chronic diseases now account for 70% of all U.S. deaths and 75% of U.S. health care expenditures. Nutritional therapy is widely accepted as a low-risk, low cost, highly effective intervention for the prevention, risk reduction, and treatment of obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. Although 94% of physicians believe nutrition counseling should be a standard component of primary care, only 14% feel qualified to provide it. The MS in Medical Nutrition will target medical students, residents, and fellows; physician assistant students; and other students in health professions.

More than 50% of applicants to medical schools and physician assistant programs are not admitted on their first attempt (and, for many, their second or third attempts) thus face at least one gap year. Additionally, many post-baccalaureate students purposefully plan a gap year experience in order to improve their competitiveness prior to seeking admission to a professional school. This program will target pre-professional students in their gap years (e.g., medical students, physician assistant students, dental students, or physical therapy students) as well as others (including medical residents and fellows) seeking to strengthen their knowledge and skills related to human nutrition relative to disease prevention and treatment. This degree represents a viable gap year experience to improve the competitiveness of applicants to a range of professional schools.

The core nutrition competencies will encompass nutrition basics; nutrition across the lifespan; nutrition related to the cardiovascular, metabolic/endocrine, gastrointestinal, and immunology systems; and emerging topics including the microbiome, nutrigenomics, nutritional and botanical supplements, and personalized medicine.

Students completing the MS in Medical Nutrition program will be proficient in basic nutritional sciences; have the skills to evaluate a patient’s diet and current nutritional status based on the Dietary Guidelines; understand how to integrate nutritional assessment information into an individualized nutritional management plan for optimal health and risk factor reduction; and be able to evaluate research evidence for most accurate, current general and disease-specific nutritional information and recommendations.

Developing the health workforce of the future:

The Nutrition Program is committed to rigorous, high caliber education for students in areas of health. This program is dedicated to designing research with the intent to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

  • 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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Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. GRE (may be waived with other exam such as MCAT)
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. Proof of English proficiency (students whose native language is not English)

GRE Waiver

The GRE requirement can be waived for applicants who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. 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. Minimum 3.5 GPA with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  3. Applicant has taken and submits their MCAT, DAT, or other professional school entrance examination scores or
  4. Applicant is currently licensed by an accredited U.S. licensing board within the medical/health professions (e.g. physician, physician assistant, etc.).

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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