Health Promotion & Exercise Sciences

Master of Science in Human Nutrition

The Master of Science in Human Nutrition is built for students with the intent to provide a deeper specialization in nutrition to complement their field of interest. Typical students are interested in some level of direct services to clients and patients areas such as community nutrition, diet and behavior change, public health and food policy, and health and wellness.

The graduate program in Human Nutrition will focus on training students in empirically validated and peer-reviewed, research-centered advanced study of metabolic physiology, etiology of disease, best-practice assessment, and nutrition-based intervention strategies for treatment and prevention. The rigorous emphasis on evidence-based treatment, participation in peer-reviewed research, and subsequent dissemination of findings are the basis of this program and will be supported by faculty in the department.

We invite interest from any undergraduate degree program and can guide the prospective student to complete undergraduate science courses, if needed, to prepare for the graduate level scientific inquiry required.

Program Coursework

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Nutrition degree program provides an opportunity for advanced study in translational and applicable knowledge of nutrition through a hybrid curriculum design including both in-class and online courses. Courses employ intensive classroom presentation and discussion, seminars, research and creative activity, and community involvement.

Students are required to complete at least 38 credits in core nutrition coursework, elective study, and thesis or project completion.




38 Credit Program

Fall 1 Spring 1
Metabolism I  4 Metabolism II 4
Nutrition & Disease I 4 Nutrition & Disease II 4
Nutrition Seminar 1 Nutrition Seminar 1
Fall 2 Spring 2
Nutrition Assessment, Intervention, and Evaluation 3 Community Nutrition 3
Research Methods 3 Nutrition Seminar 1
Elective 3 Comprehensive Capstone Project 6
Nutrition Seminar 1
Total Credit Hrs: 38

Pathway to Licensure

For those students interested in gaining licensure with their state, the program serves to meet the nutrition course requirement for earning a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist Credential (CNS). The CNS credential is the gold standard certification for non-dietetic professionals in the field of nutrition.

The CNS is the only non-dietetic credential recognized by state nutrition licensure laws (particularly CT, NY, MA, NJ, VT, NH, ME), is listed by the US Government’s Department of Labor as an advanced nutrition credential in the definition of the “Dietetics and Nutritionists” profession in its Occupational Outlook Handbook and is listed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as among those potentially eligible to order therapeutic diets in hospitals. 


Getting Your Hours: CNS Internships for Nutrition Specialists

In addition to the coursework listed above, a self-driven Clinical Practicum is organized with the guidance of the student’s advisor.  

  • Structure of the supervised experience: 
  • 1,000 hours supervised practice experience must include minimum hours in each of the following
  • Nutrition assessment (minimum 200 hours) 
  • Nutrition intervention, education, counseling, or management (minimum 200 hours) 
  • Nutrition monitoring or evaluation (minimum 200 hours) 
  • The remaining hours may be in any of the above categories 
  • A variety of experience with multiple supervisors and settings may be combined to achieve the 1,000 hours
  • Supervised practice experience setting may be any that facilitates the above requirements, including but not limited to: 
  • Internship, residency, or clinical rotation 
  • Clinical practice 
  • Institutional setting 
  • Community setting