12 months
20380 USD/year
20380 USD/year
9342 USD/year
Tuition fee
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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

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GRE admission requirements GRE®
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The admission requirements of the Graduate School include: A completed Graduate School Application and forms, GPA > 2.75; official transcripts from all colleges attended; and two letters of reference. In addition, all foreign students must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have achieved a score of 250 or higher.
  • Prerequisite courses required for admission include general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, statistics, and basic nutrition.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10190 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    20380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10190 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9342 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4671 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Amherst Center

1228 - 2543 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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