MS in Nutrition

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This program has been approved as the Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program.

The Master of Science in Nutrition Program at Case Western Reserve University confers a master’s degree in Nutrition, which can be completed in one to two years depending on the student’s course load; an undergraduate degree in nutrition in not necessary.  The program offers students flexibility in designing their course of study based on academic and career goals. Thirty graduate credit hours are required for the MS degree including seven credit hours from two required nutrition courses, at least 21 total credits from elective nutrition courses, and the remaining credits chosen from electives.

This program flexibility allows students who subsequently wish to apply to dietetic internship programs to complete their internship application required courses (DPD) while also earning their MS nutrition degree. Program flexibility also offers students the opportunity to include in their course of study a concentration in maternal and infant nutrition, geriatrics or sports nutrition. Other concentration options are in the planning stages, so email the department for further information.

The MS in nutrition degree prepares students for careers in a variety of health care settings, government or non-profit organizations, corporations, private practice, wellness-related industries and professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant programs. In addition, the program provides students the opportunity to improve their academic record and gain valuable experience in research and applied nutrition to enhance their competitiveness for doctoral level study in nutrition and entrance into medical school. Students can pursue the MS degree either full or part-time. Students can choose to complete a thesis (Plan A) or take a comprehensive exam (Plan B) to complete their degree.

For more information, please review our Nutrition MS Information and 2018 Course List.

Thesis Option (Plan A) requires:

  • 30 semester hours of a planned program of study (including six to nine semester hours of research)
  • a final oral defense of the thesis

Non-Thesis Option (Plan B) requires:

  • 30 semester hours of a planned program of study
  • a final written, comprehensive examination

See Policy and Requirements for details.