MS in Nutrition & Metabolism

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Metabolism equips students with multidisciplinary knowledge of how food is used for growth and maintenance of optimal health, and how derangements in these mechanisms leads to chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Coursework provides a sound understanding of molecular, biochemical, physiological mechanisms that regulate metabolism in health and disease. In addition, students learn appropriate scientific methods for studying how nutrition affects health in human populations and the conduct of nutrition-related clinical studies.

Emphasis is placed on the critical thinking skills and integration of diverse research approaches. Under the guidance of internationally known faculty, students complete and defend a research thesis.
This master’s program provides an excellent opportunity for pre-medical and other pre-professional studies. It also prepares graduates to work as a member of research team in academic, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and foundation settings, for other related careers such as medical writing, and for further graduate work in the same or related fields.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Metabolism requires 32 credits, including 28 core course credits and 4 research credits. It is possible to complete the degrees in four semesters, including the thesis research experience. The core courses are designed to provide students with the multidisciplinary knowledge needed to pursue a career in health-related professions and nutrition research.

Required Courses


  • GMS NU 755 Molecular, Biochemical, and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Micronutrients and Energy (4 cr, Fall) (or equivalent courses)
  • GMS NU 756 Molecular, Biochemical, and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Metabolism (4 cr, Spring) (or equivalent courses)
  • GMS NU 700 Medical Nutrition Sciences Seminar (2 cr, Spring)
  • GMS NU 620 Clinical Nutrition


(This requirement can be waived if equivalent coursework has been taken at the time of admission.)

  • GMS BI 751 A1, Biochemistry/Cell Biology (6 cr, Fall) (or equivalent)

751 is recommended for students focusing in non-basic nutrition areas.

STATISTICS (offered in the Fall and Spring)

  • GMS CI 670 Biostatistics with Computing or
  • SPH BS 701 or SPH BS 703 Biostatistics (or equivalent)

EPIDEMIOLOGY (minimum 3 credits required)

  • SPH EP 711 B1 Introduction to Epidemiology (3 cr, Fall) or
  • SAR HS 776 Nutritional Epidemiology (4 cr, Quatramoni, Fall) (or equivalent)

Waiving requirements: Students may petition the curriculum committee to waive requirements if they have had equivalent coursework as an undergraduate, although it will not reduce the 32 credit hour requirement for completion of the MS.

Electives may be selected from the many course offerings in GMS according to individual interests and goals (after consulting with your advisor). Students focusing on nutritional epidemiology should select more advanced courses in statistics (e.g. CI 671) and epidemiology in consultation with their advisor. Similarly, students focusing on metabolism should select electives in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics/genomics, and physiology.

A typical program for a 12-month master’s degree (assuming a biochemistry course has been completed prior to matriculation):

Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
NU 755 (4 cr) NU 756 (4 cr) NU 901 Research (2 cr) NU 901 Research (2 cr)
EP 711 or 712 (3 cr) NU 620 (4 cr)
CI 670 (4 cr) NU 700 (2 cr)
Elective (4 cr) Elective (4 cr)