Proper Nutrition Can Prevent Disease

The online Applied Nutrition master’s degree program gives students critical-thinking and analytical skills, teaching them how to evaluate current nutrition research and assess program effectiveness.


As an Applied Nutrition master’s degree candidate, you’ll complete five core courses in nutrition, which can include weight management; epidemiology; sports nutrition; nutrition programs and interventions; and pediatric nutrition. In addition, you’ll complete three research-methods courses, which will include your thesis project.

Our Faculty

This program is fully online, but you’ll still receive the same level of personal attention that is customary of Russell Sage College’s small, interactive classes and experienced faculty. Faculty are experienced in nutritional epidemiology, food policy, applied nutrition, biochemistry, sports nutrition, data analysis and research methods.

Program Distinctions

Due to its online format, this program can be taken anywhere and can be combined with the Dietetic Internship certificate to gain practical experience. Full-time students can complete the program in as little as a year and half.

Program Qualifications

If you have an undergraduate degree in nutrition, the master’s program is fully online.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a field other than nutrition, you must complete prerequisite courses as well as some undergraduate nutrition courses in a face-to-face format.

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Your Future

The Applied Nutrition master’s degree program will increase your marketability and provide you with the skills needed for your clinical or community position, such as interpreting literature, utilizing evidence-based guidelines, evaluating programs and conducting research. You’ll be able to work in industry, government (federal, state and local) or in the clinical or community setting.

Combined M.S./Dietetic Internship Program

This is a two-year, 45-credit course of study that includes the core 24 credits form the Russell Sage College Dietetic Internship with an additional 21 credits to complete the master’s degree. You can complete the M.S. program full time in one year or part time fully online. You’ll get practical experience enhanced by critical-thinking and analytical skills further developed in graduate classes.


Graduates of the program are employed at Community Care Physicians; Cornell Cooperative Extension; St. Peter’s Hospital; and New York State Women, Infants and Children Programs

Learning Experience

The learning experience is very tailored to each individual student’s needs and interests.


  • Research analysis and interpretation
  • Writing and communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions
  • Global understanding of obesity
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Confidence using evidence-based guidelines in practice
  • Presentation skills at professional meetings

Course Objectives

  • Critical evaluation skills through analysis of research literature
  • Ability to integrate and apply what is learned to relevant and current situations
  • Strong background in health behavior theory and translation into practice
  • Planning, conducting and evaluating food and nutrition programs and interventions
  • The ability to communicate nutrition messages effectively to a wide variety of audiences
    • Hands-on experience in designing and conducting research, including:
    • Identifying research hypotheses
    • Developing surveys
    • Collecting and analyzing data
    • Interpreting results
    • Manuscript preparation

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A 1-2 page career goals essay
  • A current resume

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Assistant Professor, Nutrition Science
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