Nutrition Sciences


Why study Nutrition Sciences?

The University of Cincinnati Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences is designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in nutrition or other science-related discipline (health sciences, chemistry, biology, psychology, and others) and wish to earn credentials to practice nutrition and/or wish to gain further knowledge in nutrition. The program is also open to practicing dietitians, nurses, physicians, or other health professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge and credentials.

The goal of the Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition Sciences program is to prepare you to make significant contributions to the field of nutrition in professional research, practice, teaching, and leadership. To fulfill this goal, the program provides you with:

  • a comprehensive knowledge of the biochemical and physiological aspects of human nutrition;
  • knowledge of methodologies used in basic nutrition research, nutrition assessment, and nutrition intervention;
  • skills in research design, implementation, evaluation, and interpretation.


Thesis or Capstone Option

The culminating experience of the MS in Nutrition Sciences program is the Thesis or Capstone project, which allows you to apply knowledge and skills learned from coursework in the design of your own research project. You have flexibility in how you fulfill this research requirement. Visit the Thesis Vs. Non-Thesis webpage to learn more.


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

You can do this in two ways: 

Complete the MS in Nutrition Sciences - Clinical Nutrition concentration

If you have completed your baccalaureate degree and have a verification statement for completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), you are eligible to apply to the MS in Nutrition Sciences - Clinical Nutrition concentration. This track includes graduate coursework integrated with the supervised practice experience (the equivalent of a dietetic internship). Students who complete this program would be eligible to take the national credentialing examination for RDNs.

Complete the MS in Nutrition Sciences + complete a traditional dietetic internship

Students enrolled in the MS in Nutrition Sciences program can work with their graduate advisor to determine entry into the Certificate of Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). This certificate allows you to complete the necessary coursework to become an RDN. 

After completing the MS in Nutrition Sciences and Didactic Program in Dietetics, you will need to complete a traditional dietetic internship to be eligible to sit for the national credentialing examination for RDNs. These internships range in hourly experience from 1000 to 1200 hours and are typically 6 months to 1 year unpaid. Learn more on the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics' directory of traditional dietetic internships

Admission Requirements

View detailed information on how you can be a successful applicant to the MS in Nutrition Sciences on the Admission Requirements page. 

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 academic and research institutions. You may use the degree toward further graduate work at the doctoral level or pursuit of the registered dietitian credential.

Upon confirmation as a student of UC, you will be assigned a graduate faculty advisor who will guide your coursework selection and serve as your project or thesis advisor and committee chair.

Admitted students transferring from another graduate program may seek Advanced Standing Credit for coursework that is similar to graduate courses in the MS in Nutrition Sciences program. Students must submit an official request for this to be approved by both the Graduate Program Director and the Graduate School.

Application Deadlines

Visit the How to Apply page to find information on application deadlines, fees, where to send your materials, and more.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Jamie Neiheisel
Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-8049

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Program Code: 35MAS-NUTR-MS