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Program Overview

The MS Nutrition degree is designed with a wide range of students. Whether you are a student looking for a great gap year experience before applying to medical school; or a career in nutrition research, public health, community, or industry; a DPD graduate looking for a master’s degree before applying to a dietetic internship; or an RDN hoping to elevate your career, this program has something to offer you. The program will train you to evaluate and implement the results of current research, solve problems, and communicate effectively. With faculty support, you will build your own concentration in your area of interest. You will be able to study with faculty involved in education, research, administration, professional practice, communication, and consulting. As part of your program, you will complete a research project in an area of your choice and complete an optional practicum experience.

Please note that this program does not include a dietetic internship.

Note that the Master of Science Program in Nutrition is currently designated by US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a STEM-eligible degree program. International students in F-1 student status may be able to apply for a 24-month extension of their 12-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization.  More information about STEM OPT eligibility is available from the BU International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).

Explore our MS+DI and DPD/MS+DI Programs

Do you have a background in nutrition and a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Foreign Dietitian Education (FDE) Verification and want to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)? Check out our Master of Science+Dietetic Internship program (MS+DI).

Are you interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) but do not have a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or Foreign Dietitian Education (FDE) Verification? Our DPD/MS+DI program could be a great fit for you.

Boston University Measurable Learning Outcomes

Our curriculum is guided by the achievement of specific learning outcomes. At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate an individual or environmental-level intervention/policy for nutritionally related disease risk reduction.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret current research in nutrition and health.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate media communications with nutrition and disease claims for evidence-based nutrition science content.

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