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 (NTRN 433-Advanced Human Nutrition I and NTRN 434-Advanced Human Nutrition II), at least 21 total credits from elective nutrition courses, and the remaining credits chosen from electives.  For this reason, there is no one standardized curriculum for the MS in nutrition.

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 participate in research, community experiences and leadership opportunities to maximize their future career plans.

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 2019-20 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.