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MS in Nutrition

Master of Science in Nutrition

Growing demand for expertise in nutrition means that your master's degree will put you at the forefront of your career and in a vital field to impact the daily lives of each person throughout the world. A new emphasis on preventive and integrative medicine highlights nutrition as a form of primary care and intervention for chronic diseases. Nutrition professionals are here to stay. Health care reform in the 21st century is integrating nutrition care in interprofessional healthcare throughout the life cycle. 

What you’ll study

Pursue a generalist program of study through a core of mastery-level courses in nutrition. You can choose a concentration in sports nutrition, community nutrition, or functional nutrition and herbal therapy. Elective courses expose you to emerging topics, and a special project provides a culminating experience to put your new skills and knowledge into action. A collaborative, interprofessional environment at NSU also broadens your horizons. Contact the program office for more information.

How you’ll learn more

The program is offered fully online with live classes that meet via technology to provide collaborative interaction and direct access to faculty. A hybrid option offers some on-campus programming.  Either way, the program gives you the flexibility to work around your busy schedule, and in-person workshops and meetings with advisors establish a network of support. You will work with your advisor to customize a program that fits just for you.

Where it can take you

Nutrition professionals enjoy a job growth rate that is faster than other health care disciplines, and the outlook for the coming years is very promising. Even beyond traditional settings of schools and hospitals, nutritionists are finding meaningful work in corporations, athletic departments, and food production centers. An aging population and increasing attention to diet for all age groups is creating high demand, and managing disease and chronic illness remain constant challenges that need attentive professionals.  This program is ideal for practicing health care professionals, Registered Dietitians, medical students, resident physicians, wellness consultants, or health educators who wish to further their knowledge with advanced credentials. 

It is important you consider your long-term career goals and practice guidelines. We would be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss ideas with you. Potential applicants should contact the appropriate licensing board for eligibility requirements and state health departments to determine the professional requirements needed for practice in their state, and any other licensing, registration, or certification requirements, as they are subject to change.

NSU Master of Science in Nutrition Virtual Information Session Recorded April, 27th, 2020.


Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctoral, and professional degrees. The nutrition degree and certificate programs shares in this SACSCOC accreditation. Read an important update here.

For questions about the accreditation of Nova Southeastern University, contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; Telephone: (404) 679-4500.

Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Science in Nutrition program fulfills all the current academic requirements for the CNS with the allowance that the 3-credit Anatomy and Physiology course is a prerequisite for the program. BCNS requires a graduate degree in the field of nutrition from a regionally accredited university, specific coursework, and 1,000 hours of supervised practice experience. BCNS reviews each candidate individually, including current course descriptions, transcripts, and experience to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS, visit

The Master of Science in Nutrition, Professional Practice Concentration is proud to announce that it has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as a  Future Education Model Graduate Program.   Please see the special information on this unique and engaging professional preparation pathway.    

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