Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences

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The goal of the Master of Science in Nutrition program is to prepare you to make significant contributions to the field in research, practice, teaching, and leadership.

To fulfill this goal, the program provides you with: (1) a comprehensive knowledge in the biochemical and physiological aspects of human nutrition; (2) knowledge of methodologies used in basic nutrition research and nutrition intervention; (3) and skills in research, design, implementation, evaluation, and interpretation.

The Master of Science in Nutrition program is designed for the dietitian, nurse, physician, or other health professional seeking to enhance knowledge and credentials. The program is also open to academically qualified students with undergraduate degrees in fields other than nutrition or the related sciences (so long as they can meet the science prerequisites), since such students often bring valuable insights to the graduate study of nutrition.


When you graduate you can work in a variety of settings including community nutrition agencies, worksite wellness programs, school nutrition programs, emergency food organizations, food industry, international nutrition organizations, media/marketing nutrition, and research institutions. You may use the degree toward further graduate work at the doctoral level.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Master in Nutrition students are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

The application deadline for fall semester is August 1, however the graduate faculty will start admitting students and awarding financial assistance beginning April 1.  If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, it is highly encouraged that you submit your application by mid-February so your application can be considered before the April 1st deadline.  The application deadline for spring semester is November 1.

Please visit Admissions Requirements for detailed information on prerequisites, admission requirements and more. 

When you are ready to apply, visit our How to Apply to learn more about the application process. 

There a variety of scholarship and funding opportunities available to Master of Nutrition students: 

Please visit UC's Financial Aid Office for questions about tuition, loans and other financial needs. 

You must earn a minimum of 37 graduate semester credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. The program of study is planned by you in consultation with your advisor, and includes the following areas: core courses, guided electives and a master's thesis.

Courses and thesis completion average about two years of full-time study. Refer to the program's graduate handbook for more details about scheduling and description of courses.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

Are you interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)?

Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nutrition program at the University of Cincinnati can work with their graduate advisor to determine entry into the Certificate of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).

  1. You will master the breadth of knowledge in key content areas of nutrition science including macronutrients and micronutrients.
  2. You will integrate knowledge of nutritional biochemistry and pathophysiology into clinical and epidemiological applications related to the assessment, prevention and treatment of diseases in individuals and populations.
  3. You will integrate knowledge of nutritional needs across the lifespan and behavioral strategies into nutrition intervention design and delivery.
  4. ​You will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and analyze the scientific literature in a variety of areas of nutritional science.
  5. ​You will integrate the research process (design, methodology, analysis, and communication of results to scholarly and other audiences) into a research project.
  6. ​You will demonstrate the ability to analyze data using appropriate statistical methods
  7. ​You will demonstrate proficient written and oral communication skills.



The Master ​of Science in Nutrition program at the University of Cincinnati uses a blended curriculum model that includes frequent involvement in eLearning environments. To participate and be successful in this program, you must have unlimited access to a computer that meets minimum system requirements. You will be REQUIRED to indicate compliance upon acceptance into the program. While access to computers is available through the University of Cincinnati Libraries (subject to library hours of operation), access to a personal laptop computer is highly recommended for portability between on and off campus sessions, classroom activities, quick access to online resources, and overall convenience. As you consider your application to the program, please evaluate your ability to meet both competency and system requirements. Recommended computer proficencies and hardware/software/plug-ins

To learn more about research at the University of Cincinnati, visit the Research Directory

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Sarah Couch, PhD, RD

Program Director , Rehabilitation, Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

3202 Eden Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394