Proper Nutrition Can Prevent Disease

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


As a student in this online master’s in nutrition program, you’ll complete five core nutrition courses, 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

While this is an an online master’s in nutrition program, you’ll still receive personal attention from supportive faculty, in small classes. Faculty are experienced in nutritional epidemiology, food policy, applied nutrition, biochemistry, sports nutrition, data analysis and research methods.

Program Distinctions

You can complete this online Master of Science in nutrition from anywhere. A combined master’s and Dietetic Internship program is available for students who want to gain more 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 Applied Nutrition 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.

Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

A Master of Science in nutrition will increase your marketability and provide you with the skills to interpret scientific literature, utilize evidence-based guidelines, evaluate programs and conduct research. You’ll be able to work in industry, government (federal, state and local) or in the clinical or community setting.

Combined Master’s and Dietetic Internship Program

This is a two-year, 45-credit course of study that includes the core 24 credits from the Russell Sage College Dietetic Internship with an additional 21 credits to complete the Master of Science in nutrition. 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.

Careers with a Master of Science in Nutrition

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
Associate Professor