University of Massachusetts Amherst

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
20080 USD/year
20080 USD/year
9342 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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The Nutrition program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst prepares graduates for careers in research, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and nutrition education, or for doctoral studies in nutrition.


The Nutrition program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides advanced nutrition competencies and skills for application in clinical, research, and group settings.

The M.S. program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. The M.S. thesis option is designed for students who are interested in pursuing research or an advanced degree. Students wishing to continue on in a Ph.D. program should follow the thesis option. Candidates who elect the M.S. thesis option must meet the requirements for a thesis, including pursuit of original research.

The M.S. non-thesis option is designed for students who are not interested in pursuing research. Instead, students take additional courses, including a graduate seminar in which they identify a topic, review the literature, and present a synthesis of their findings.

Information for Graduate Students Interested in Becoming a Registered Dietitian (R.D.)

The RD credential is nationally recognized and currently requires a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, as well as courses that meet the University’s Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements. Starting in 2024, a Master’s degree will be required to achieve the RD credential. Because of this, we are recommending that students considering a post-graduate degree, with the intention of becoming an RD, pursue the MS degree. Students can complete the requirements for the DPD Verification Statement as part of a Master’s program at UMass. Following completion of the DPD program, a prospective dietitian will need to complete 1200 hours of supervised practice in a Dietetic Internship; then, pass a national exam. Application to these programs is very competitive with a national acceptance rate of 50%. Students typically need a GPA of 3.5 or above, as well as nutrition field experience to be accepted.

Although the MS degree is not an accredited program with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the DPD Director can grant a verification statement to MS students who meet the DPD established criteria, certifying that they are eligible for dietetic internships.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Advanced Nutrition & Metabolism
  • Public Health Nutrition 
  • Vitamins & Minerals
  • Methods in Nutrition Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or complete an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • Application Fee ($80)
  • Please submit your transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, undergraduate and graduate, where nine (9) or more credits were earned.
  • Personal Statement and Résumé
  • Most programs require a minimum of two letters of recommendation, but some programs require more.
  • Residency Statement
  • GRE or GMAT Scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10040 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    20080 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10040 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    9342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4671 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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