Nutrition — M.S.

Program director
Ella Haddad

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in nutrition is offered to meet the specific needs of those who desire advanced training in nutritional sciences. The program is suitable for persons planning to pursue a doctoral degree in nutrition or other related areas and for persons preparing to teach at the secondary or university level. The program provides effective investigative experiences and training for those interested in research careers in academic or industry settings. In addition, the program provides training in basic and applied nutrition for health professionals seeking skills for promoting healthful plant-based diets.

The M.S. degree requires a minimum of 48 units and includes research and a thesis or publishable paper. A written comprehensive examination is required.

Program learning outcomes

By the end of the program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Explain physiological and biochemical mechanisms influencing human systems and how food and nutrients impact function;
  2. Critically evaluate nutritional information based on scientific reasoning;
  3. Demonstrate the role of vegetarian dietary practices in human health and environmental sustainability;
  4. Communicate nutritional concepts appropriately to individuals and groups;
  5. Design, conduct, and interpret research in nutrition.

Educational effectiveness indicators

Indicators of educational effectiveness include successful completion of a comprehensive examination, oral defense of a thesis and submission of the written thesis, or a publishable paper.


  • Human nutrition
  • General chemistry through organic chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Physiology

Individuals who may benefit from the program

Persons who hold a baccalaureate degree in science, or physicians and other heath professionals who desire to pursue teaching or a doctoral degree, may benefit from the program; as well as persons who desire training in nutritional sciences to prepare them for conducting and publishing applied nutrition research.

Public Health
EPDM 509Principles of Epidemiology3
PHCJ 606Public Health Fundamentals4
NUTR 510Advanced Public Health Nutrition3
NUTR 506Nutritional Metabolism3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
NUTR 518Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals4
NUTR 519Phytochemicals2
NUTR 564Contemporary Issues of Vegetarian Diets2
NUTR 605Seminar in Nutrition1
RELE 534Ethical Issues in Public Health (or REL_)3
Choose from the following or in consultation with advisor:6
Obesity and Disordered Eating
Exercise Nutrition
Topics in Global Nutrition
Statistics and research
NUTR 639Research Methods in Nutrition2
NUTR 694Research3
STAT 521Biostatistics I 14
STAT 548Analytical Applications of SAS and R2
NUTR 695Thesis2
Total Units48

Culminating experience

Included in the culminating experience are a written comprehensive examination, an oral research project defense, and a written thesis or publishable paper.

Normal time to complete the program

1.33 year (five [5] academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted