Nutrition (M.S.)

The M.S. in Nutrition delivers a content-rich core and substantial learning experiences to prepare students for careers in nutrition and professional health fields. Students with appropriate undergraduate preparation can complete the program within one academic year. The M.S. in Nutrition program is well-suited for students interested in pursuing subsequent professional allied health pathways (e.g., medical school) or dietetic internships that require a master’s degree for admittance. As part of the program, students will demonstrate capacity to engage in critical and systems thinking, convey and apply nutrition concepts, work as individuals and in teams, and identify strategies for lifelong learning.

The M.S. Nutrition requires a minimum of 32 graduate credits. There are eight core courses* that include a year-long research experience (NUTR 960 and NUTR 961). Elective coursework support students’ diverse interests and career goals. Students will be required to earn a B- or better in graduate courses to earn credits toward their degree.

*Students who previously complete any required core 800-level courses at the 700-level as part of the UNH undergraduate degree will substitute a graduate NUTR elective alternative from a prescribed list.

Core Course Requirements
NUTR 820Community Nutrition4
NUTR 850Nutritional Biochemistry4
NUTR 873Clinical Nutrition4
NUTR 880Critical Issues in Nutrition4
NUTR 960Research Methods in Nutritional Science I4
NUTR 961Research Methods in Nutritional Science II4
ANFS 901Introduction to Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Graduate Studies1
ANFS 997Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems Seminar1
Select two courses from the following:
NUTR 809Nutritional Epidemiology4
NUTR 810Advanced Diabetes Care2
NUTR 815Advanced Sports Nutrition4
NUTR 830From Seed to Sea: Examining Sustainable Food Systems4
NUTR 840Nutrition for Children with Special Needs4
NUTR 860Behavioral Nutrition and Counseling4
NUTR 851Nutritional Biochemistry of Micronutrients4
NUTR 855Concepts and Controversies in Weight Management4
NUTR 860Behavioral Nutrition and Counseling4
NUTR 876Advanced Pathophysiology and Clinical Care4
NUTR 895Investigations1-4
NUTR 927Nutrition and Gut Microbes in Human Health4

This graduate program is approved to be taken on an accelerated basis in articulation with certain undergraduate degree programs.

General Accelerated Master's policy, note that some programs have additional requirements (e.g. higher grade expectations) compared to the policy.

Please see the Graduate School website and contact the department directly for more information.

Nutrition knowledge-related

  • Build knowledge and understanding in key content areas of nutritional sciences and public health nutrition issues

Research design and analysis

  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of study designs utilized in nutrition-related research
  • Conduct nutrition-related data analyses
  • Interpret the results and scientific literature to inform dietary recommendations, public policy, or chronic disease intervention

Scientific method

  • Demonstrate the ability to design and defend an original, hypothesis-driven project to advance the field of nutritional sciences

Critical thinking

  • Integrate scientific evidence and critically evaluate research findings in specific fields related to nutritional sciences

Communication skills

  • Disseminate evidence-based information on nutritional sciences and public health
  • Deliver nutrition research findings to multiple scientific audiences (i.e. research conference, academic journal)
  • Incorporate critical feedback in their research and academic work


  • Conduct research in an ethical manner
  • Demonstrate collaboration and leadership skills
  • Master concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion in different settings (e.g., healthcare, education, community health)