Nutritional Science, MS

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The ASU MS program in nutritional science prepares students to translate nutrition science into practical use for human health and wellness. Students learn about nutrition alongside faculty who are immersed in the latest research, and they build practical understanding through internships and their own guided research.

The program is based on the scientific foundations of human nutrition, but also prepares students to have strong writing and problem-solving skills, computer literacy, interpretive expertise, and research experiences. Students who have completed an accredited didactic program in dietetics may also elect to apply to the ASU dietetic internship in order to meet the requirements to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. More information is available at

The primary objective of the graduate program in nutrition is to provide advanced training in nutrition research. Graduate students are expected to develop competencies in research methods and in advanced practice knowledge relevant to their area of study. The skills and knowledge acquired during the course of training should enable each student to develop professional competencies that can be applied to significant problems and issues within the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Optional Sports Nutrition Track

The sports nutrition track in the on-campus MS in nutritional science degree provides an option for students to gain specialized knowledge in sports nutrition and exercise science. Students in the sports nutrition track complete the same core nutrition graduate courses but take track courses and electives that focus on topics such as sports nutrition, hydration and exercise physiology. They obtain hands-on training with sports dietitian-nutritionists and nutrition faculty who work with student athletes and conduct research in the Sun Devil Athletics program. Students also complete their required thesis research in a sports nutrition-related area as approved by the graduate degree coordinator.

Students may apply for admission to the sports nutrition track by indicating their preference on the MS in nutritional science online application and in their personal statement.

Degree Offered

Nutritional Science, MS ( MS)
Health Solutions, College of

Downtown Phoenix

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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