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Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences

from The University of Texas at Austin
  • $25,300
  • 10 courses
  • 1-2 years
  • Fully online

Master's Overview

*GRE scores are not required to apply at this time.

If you are looking for an online master’s degree in nutrition that is science-based and human-focused and addresses the cutting edge nutrition issues of today, you should consider the Master’s in Nutritional Sciences from UT Austin. Nutrition science is a critical area of expertise needed for anyone working in health- or wellness-related fields. The University of Texas at Austin offers an innovative and rigorous online master of science in nutrition, which brings the on-campus degree to learners worldwide. The field of nutrition continues to evolve and the knowledge gained through this program of study can be applied to community and nutrition education programs, to corporate health and wellness settings, current health professional practice and other healthcare related roles. This fully online and accredited graduate nutrition program provides core knowledge of advanced nutrition, combined with specialized knowledge from one of two concentration areas:

  • Biochemical & Functional Nutrition:
    • Nutrition Immunology, Nutrition as Medicine, Nutrition and Cancer, and Nutritigenomics.

  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention:
    • Theory of Nutrition Behavior, Obesity and Energy Balance, Life Cycle Nutrition, and Chronic Disease Prevention.

A Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin allows you to meet your career goals through a flexible degree plan that results in a credential that signifies integrated knowledge across the broad spectrum of nutrition research and practice.

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  • 1-year track tuition & fees:
  • 2-year track tuition & fees:
*Federal financial aid is available to students through the Free Application for Student Financial Aid ( application process.

Important dates & deadlines

Spring 2023

  • Priority Application Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Final Application Deadline
    November 1, 2022
  • Program Start Date
    January 15, 2023
*Please note, the program orientation will begin on August 1, 2022.

Prerequisite coursework

Prerequisites for Admission Consideration:

  1. Completed Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
  2. Completion Specific Coursework (or equivalent) including:
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Human Physiology
    • Introductory Nutrition

Application requirements

Applicants to the MSNS degree program must meet the minimum requirements for graduate study at the University of Texas at Austin. Admission requirements to the Graduate School and the graduate program in Nutritional Sciences are as follows:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States institution OR proof of equivalent training at an institute outside the United States. The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) will determine eligibility for admission in consultation with prospective graduate programs.
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division course work (junior- and senior-level courses) and in any graduate work already completed.
  3. Completion of the GRE or MCAT/PCAT/OAT/DAT test is required for admission(GRE waived for Fall 2021).
  4. A satisfactory score (minimum score of 83 required) on the TOEFL exam (international applicants only). For more information, please see: Graduate School Admissions for International Students.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional potential.
  6. Personal statement regarding research and professional experience, goals, and how completion of the program will further those goals.
  7. Personal resume including relevant work and experience.
  8. Applicants should have a background in nutrition or related science and/or meet the pre-requisite coursework for admissions (described below).


The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences degree requires 30 credit hours of core and concentration courses. All courses are 3 credit hour courses.

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  • The GRE requirement will be waived for all applicants for the Fall 2021 semester. Students may continue to submit official GRE scores for consideration, but they will not be required to do so. Providing GRE scores can bolster your application if there are aspects of your application that you feel may be not as competitive as others. Students are also able to request a waiver from the Director of the program with appropriate submission of their current MCAT, PCAT, OAT, or DAT score. Some additional waivers can be provided for learners that have earned a graduate clinical/science degree (e.g., MD, PA, DDS) if they are currently practicing in their clinical field. Questions should be directed to
  • Yes. College of Natural Sciences ( and the UT Austin Graduate School ( both offer career services. Students are also invited to attend the Nutritional Sciences Seminar ( and join the Nutrition Graduate Student Association (
  • Federal financial aid is available through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (
  • No. This program is not able to offer or accept University of Texas scholarships at this time.
  • Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • The same top educators that teach on-campus courses - full time Nutritional Sciences faculty in their area of research or interest.
  • Yes. A minimum score of an 83 is required for International Students.
  • You can complete certain prerequisite coursework for this nutrition program through a variety of avenues. Local community colleges typically offer general nutrition courses as well as organic chemistry and anatomy & physiology. You may also take them through online programs. The biochemistry course would need to be obtained from a four-year institution or through edX. To obtain the necessary Biochemistry prerequisite coursework, earn a verified certificate from HarvardX's Principles of Biochemistry ( The course is self-paced so you can go through it at your own pace. Check the course page for run dates. Complete the form on this page for additional course options and receive additional guidance.
  • Students come from varied backgrounds. These include many of the healthcare professions including nutrition and dietetics, medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy as well as therapists and trainers. But students also come from other backgrounds that include nutrition policy, communications, marketing, teaching, and more. Students have undergraduate degrees in nutrition, biology, dietetics, biochemistry, public health, human ecology, psychology, biostatistics, epidemiology, physical and exercise science and sports nutrition, among many others.
  • A Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Master’s degree in Nutrition are equivalent credentials. The term Nutritional Sciences indicates that the degree has a strong foundation in science and nutritional biochemistry. This master of science in nutrition would be appropriate for continuing on to a higher graduate or clinical degree.
  • At UT Austin, there is no difference between the online master’s degree and the in-residence full-time degree; they are equal in rigor and content. This program is fully accredited.
  • The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences (MSNS) offers advanced training in nutrition science to current and future medical, dental, pharmaceutical, nursing, and health and wellness professionals. It also prepares individuals for teaching in community colleges; administration in public health programs and community nutrition; and technical positions at food science, pharmaceutical, and chemical laboratories. The field of nutrition has many facets and the master’s degree opens up opportunities for nutrition professionals in industry and entrepreneurship by providing a strong foundation in research methods and applications.
  • Several years ago the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Commission on Dietetic Registration made the decision to require a master’s degree, in addition to the supervised practice, in order to take the RD exam and become a registered dietitian. As of Jan 1, 2024, this requirement will go into effect. This advanced educational requirement will raise the professional esteem of registered dietitians and nutritionists who play a critical part of larger healthcare teams. If you are already a RD, you do not need to get a graduate degree, but having one will make you more competitive and help your career growth.
  • The Master’s of Nutritional Sciences provides registered dietitians working in clinical dietetics or other areas of healthcare or food systems with a deeper and broader knowledge of the interactions of nutritional biochemistry and health and disease. This foundational knowledge informs decisions about treatment, patient response, and patient adherence. Registered dietitians will be able to review and apply scientific research to their practice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job demand for qualified registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) will grow significantly in the next 10 years, more than the average U.S. job growth. The Commission on Dietetic Registration also predicts that salaries will increase as more qualified candidates enter the job market.
  • This master’s program offers areas of concentration. Students will take the five core courses and five courses chosen from one of two concentrations, but they are able to take courses and electives from the other concentration.
  • Yes, this master of science in nutrition is recognized as one of the educational programs for the academic portion of the Certified Nutrition Specialist credential.
  • Yes, this master’s program has gone through the accreditation process and is fully accredited.
  • Students are able to complete a research project and thesis if they choose. There are limits to the type of research project that is allowed, since the program is 100% online.
  • While both concentrations deepen your knowledge of human nutrition, the Biochemical and Functional Nutrition concentration would be more beneficial for careers in clinical dietetics, clinical nutrition, or personal nutrition and the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention concentration would support careers in general dietetics, nutrition education, or health and wellness.
  • This program examines the interface of food science and the biochemistry of human nutrition.
  • Yes, our program provides a solid foundation of the biochemical and molecular relationships between dietary intake and the disease process. Dietetic internships recognize that individuals who have earned a master degree in nutritional sciences in addition to their verification statement are well prepared to apply their knowledge in practice.
  • Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.