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Master of Science in Applied Nutrition — Online

Led by real-world practitioners, including dietitians and exercise scientists, this innovative nutrition degree provides you with a solid grounding in nutrition, metabolism, disease prevention, health promotion, and clinical behavior.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter

Completion Time

12-18 months

Overview

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 an online Master of Science in Applied Nutrition degree program. Designed to build on your existing clinical knowledge, this advanced program is open to individuals who hold undergraduate degrees in health science, dietetics, or a related area.

The program provides you with the opportunity to concentrate in one of four specialty areas:

  • Obesity and Nutritional Health
  • Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Business and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition.

Led by real-world practitioners, including dietitians, exercise scientists, and clinical psychologists, 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. After completing this degree, you will emerge with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the field of nutrition.  (Disclaimer: this is not a registered dietitian program, and a verification statement is not provided upon completion of the program.)

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Unique Features

  • Choose from four degree concentrations
  • Work directly with registered dietitians, fitness specialists, as well as other health professionals
  • Online format allows working health professionals to advance their career while honing their knowledge and skills
  • On average, students can complete this degree in less than two years

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 a growing population that is living longer.

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

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00
1.004.00

Note: NTR 6866 (Applied Research in Nutrition) is recommended as the last course taken.

Concentrations

Concentration in Business and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition

3.00
4.00
4.00
3.00
1.004.00

Concentration in Integrative Health and Wellness

Required Courses

4.00
4.00
4.00
4.00

Experiential Capstone

1.004.00

Concentration in Nutrition Education

Required Courses

4.00
4.00
3.00
1.004.00

Nutrition Education Elective

Complete one of the following:

4.00
4.00
4.00

Concentration in Nutrition and Fitness

Required Courses

3.00
3.00
3.00
1.004.00

Nutrition and Fitness Elective

Complete one of the following:

4.00
4.00

Concentration in Obesity and Nutritional Health

Required Courses

4.00
4.00
3.00
1.004.00

Obesity and Nutritional Health Elective

Complete one of the following:

4.00
4.00

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
  • Professional resumé
  • Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
  • English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
  • 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

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term.

Winter 2021 Deadline
November 2, 2020International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
December 7, 2020International in-country application complete (start date: January 19, 2021)
January 1, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: January 19, 2021)
February 12, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2021)
Spring 2021 Deadline
February 8, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
March 8, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: April 12, 2021)
April 2, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: April 12, 2021)
May 14, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: May 24, 2021)
Summer 2021 Deadline
May 10, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
June 7, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
July 2, 2021Domestic application complete (start date: July 12, 2021)
Fall 2021 Deadline
July 19, 2021International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
August 23, 2021International in-country application complete (start date: September 20, 2021)
September 7, 2021Domestic application complete (first half start: September 20, 2021)
October 18, 2021Domestic application complete (second half start: November 1, 2021)

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Nursing & Healthcare alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.

 

  • Where They Work

    • Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Boston Children’s Hospital
    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    • Boston Medical Center
  • What They Do

    • Healthcare Services
    • Business Development
    • Education
    • Community and Social Services
    • Operations
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Healthcare
    • Nursing
    • Hospitals
    • Patient Safety
    • Healthcare Management

 

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