Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

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Please Note:
This is not a registered dietitian program and a verification statement cannot be provided upon completion of the program.

This applied nutrition master's degree provides you with the opportunity to build upon your clinical knowledge and concentrate in one of four specialty areas.

Increased attention on disease prevention through better dietary habits has heightened the demand for skilled nutrition professionals. In response, the College of Professional Studies has developed the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition. Designed to build on your existing knowledge, this advanced program is open to individuals who hold undergraduate degrees in health science, dietetics, or a related area.

Led by real-world practitioners, including dietitians, an exercise scientist, and a clinical psychologist, this innovative nutrition degree provides you with a solid grounding in nutrition, metabolism, disease prevention, health promotion, and clinical behavior. Complementing the core nutrition courses is the College’s renowned nutrition practicum that allows you to work directly with registered dietitians, fitness specialists, as well as other health professionals.

Further differentiating this master’s degree in nutrition is the option to choose from four degree concentrations: Obesity and Nutritional Health, Nutrition Education, Nutrition and Fitness, and Business and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition. After completing this degree, you will emerge with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the field of nutrition.

Program Objectives:

By taking part in this highly focused nutrition degree program, you will increase your knowledge and aptitude through:

  • Translating theory and current research into practice
  • Examining the metabolism, physiological actions, and interrelationships of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water
  • Exploring the application of nutrition principles in the treatment and prevention of diseases
  • Studying varying techniques and methods used in nutritional research Investigating theories to facilitate the adoption of healthy behaviors
  • Recognizing the complex factors that influence nutritional practices

Career Outlook

Heightened interest in health, wellness, and disease prevention has created more career options for nutrition professionals. To that end, according to the American Dietetic Association, demand for nutritional counseling, treatment, and education is on the rise—a result of greater emphasis on diet and nutrition, as well as growing population that is living longer.



Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2017 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.


Core Courses (28 q.h.)

NTR 6100 Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism 4 q.h.
NTR 6110 Medical Nutrition Therapy 4 q.h.
NTR 6112 Research Methods in Nutrition 4 q.h.
NTR 6115 Health Promotion/Disease Prevention 4 q.h.
NTR 6118 Clinical Health Behavior Change 4 q.h.
NTR 6165 Food and Society 4 q.h. 
NTR 6866 Applied Research in Nutrition (recommended as last course)  4 q.h. 

Concentration (17-19 q.h.)

Business and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition Concentration (18 q.h.)

NTR 6155 Nutrition Entrepreneurship 3 q.h.
NTR 6130 Health Care and Nutrition Communication 4 q.h.
PJM 5900 Foundations of Project Management 4 q.h.
NTR 6202 Financing of Nutrition and Wellness 3 q.h.
NTR 7880 Nutrition in Practice 4 q.h. 


Nutrition Education Concentration (19 q.h.)

NTR 6200 Nutrition Education 4 q.h.
NTR 6130 Health Care and Nutrition Communication 4 q.h.
NTR 6201 Commercialization of Nutrition and Nutritional Information 3 q.h.
NTR 7880 Nutrition in Practice 4 q.h.

Choose one of the following courses:

NTR 6119 Pediatric Nutrition 4 q.h.
NTR 6120 Healthy Aging: Nutrition Strategies for Optimal Longevity 4 q.h.
NTR 6101 Nutrition Program Planning 4 q.h.

Nutrition and Fitness Concentration (17 q.h.)

NTR 7147 Sports and Fitness Nutrition 3 q.h.
NTR 6148 Exercise Physiology 3 q.h.
NTR 6150 Sports Psychology 3 q.h.
NTR 7880 Nutrition in Practice 4 q.h

Choose one of the following courses:

NTR 6120 Healthy Aging: Nutrition Strategies for Optimal Longevity 4 q.h.
NTR 6101 Nutrition Program Planning  4 q.h. 

Obesity and Nutritional Health (19 q.h.)    

NTR 7130 Overweight and Obesity 1 4 q.h.
NTR 7132 Overweight and Obesity 2 (NTR 7130 is a prerequisite for this course)    4 q.h.
NTR 6201 Commercialization of Nutrition and Nutritional Information 3 q.h.
NTR 7880 Nutrition in Practice 4 q.h.

Choose one of the following courses:

NTR 7140 Wellness and Nutrition 4 q.h.
NTR 7135 Eating Disorders in Children and Adults 4 q.h. 

Required minimum credit hours: between 45-47 q.h., depending on the selected concentration.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two letters of recommendation: from individual(s) with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Prerequisite coursework: applicants must have completed the following:
    • Two courses in chemistry
    • Two courses in biology
    • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
    • General nutrition (or related) course
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,195.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This program is ideally suited for individuals who wish to pursue a career in nutrition, fitness, healthcare, nursing, psychology, public health, food management/service, pharmaceutical sales, or education. Typical job titles held by graduates include:

  • Dietitian*
  • Nutritionist*
  • Clinician
  • Coach
  • Health educator

While prior relevant work experience is not required, students must hold an undergraduate degree in health science, dietetics, or a related area such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, athletic training, or physical therapy.

*Requires an undergraduate degree in nutrition.

Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Investigate and recommend solutions to facilitate the adoption of healthy behaviors involved in practicing applied nutrition, based on current research, theories, practices, tools, and technologies.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Articulate the significance of applied nutrition concepts and practices in terms of the challenges and current trends in nutrition and interrelated fields.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Create or enhance a plan/program for wellness and prevention education of nutrition-related diseases.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Develop an approach to a civic, social, or economic issue in the field of nutrition at the local, national, or global level to prepare students for a role as a nutrition educator.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Integrate discipline-specific best practices and tools into work.
  6. Communicative Fluency
    Effectively communicate, both written and orally, to educate the public and consumers based on science, literature, and sound research.

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