Master of Science Degree in Nutritional Sciences

2-year program | 32-34 Credit Hours | Thesis Required

The two-year Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences degree is intended for students interested in pursuing academic or researcher careers in nutrition and related fields, including those looking to continue in doctoral programs. The degree offers one optional dietetics concentration.

Program Curriculum and Prerequisites

SPH Core Requirements
Course Number Credits Course Name Term
BIOSTAT 521 3 Applied Biostatistics F
Select one of the following:
BIOSTAT 522 3 Biostatistical Analysis for Health-Related Studies W
NUTR 620 3 Nutritional Biostatistics W
Select one of the following:
PUBHLTH 512 3 Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health W
EPID 600 4 Introduction to Epidemiology* F
NS Core Requirements
Course Number Credits Course Name Term  
NUTR 630 3 Principles of Nutritional Science F  
NUTR 631 3 Metabolism of Vitamins and Minerals W  
NUTR 688 1 Nutrition Seminar (year-long course)    
NUTR 698 6 Research **    
NUTR 699 1 Thesis ***    
NUTR 701 2 Research Methods in Nutritional Sciences W  
NUTR 869 2 Innovations in Nutrition Research (register for F & W 1 credit each semester)    
Select one of the following:
NUTR 640 3 Nutritional Assessment* W  
PUBHLTH 511 2 Nutrition and Public Health F  
Select one from the following:  (consult with your academic advisor)  
NUTR 624 2 Nutritional Epidemiology F  
NUTR 626 3 Cont topics on Role of Nutr on Chronic Disease W  
NUTR 639 3 Pathophysiology of Obesity W  
NUTR 642 3 Community Nutrition F  

May be exempt from previous coursework, but students must take at least two NUTR classes at Michigan during their degree.

*Preferred choice

**Students may elect NUTR 698 in any term but are required to complete a minimum total of 6 credits in this course to meet both departmental and program requirements.

***Master's Thesis:  all MS students are required to perform a research project during the program, to write an acceptable thesis on the project, to present the research results in a seminar to defend the thesis before a committee of the faculty (see thesis guidelines).

The chart below details the additional coursework that is required for MS students who would like to specialize in dietetics.
 Additional Coursework for an MS with Dietetics
Course Number Credits Course Name
NUTR 540  2  Maternal and Child Nutrition
NUTR 547  2  Food Science
NUTR 585 2  Food Service Management
NUTR 636 3 Medical Nutrition Therapy I
NUTR 637 2 Medical Nutrition Therapy II
NUTR 640 3 Nutritional Assessment
NUTR 642 3 Community Nutrition
NUTR 646  3  Nutritional Counseling


Applicants should have a strong interest in science and health, an undergraduate degree in a field of basic or applied science, and, at a minimum, should have taken courses in biology, physiology, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, and calculus.

  • Calculus* 1 semester
  • Inorganic/general chemistry* 1 semester, lab not required
  • Organic chemistry 1 semester, lab not required
  • Biochemistry 1 semester
  • Human Physiology (1 semester) or Anatomy and Physiology (1 semester of each) but must be human

*AP high school courses are accepted based on AP final exam score

Funding Information

In addition to financial aid and funding opportunities from the School of Public Health, Nutritional Sciences MS students can receive financial support from the Rackham Graduate School

How to Apply

MS applicants apply to our program through the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School.

Visit our ‘Applications and Deadlines’ page to start the application process. 

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More Information

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Susan Aaronson, Program Manager: