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Master of Science in Nutrition (MSc)

Course Description

The science behind strong. The Meredith M.S. in Nutrition.

Grounded in the natural and biological sciences, the Meredith M.S. in Nutrition program in Raleigh provides advanced study in human nutrition, including modes of inquiry in the field, the role of food and nutrients in human biology, and in the physical development and maintenance of health and well-being of individuals in the lifecycle.

Students will develop the skills to critically evaluate current and emerging issues in the field, as well as the tools for effective advocacy and professional involvement. The discipline of nutrition is explored recognizing the interrelationships that exist among people, diet, health, quality of life, and in the context of the modern food system.

The result? Knowledgeable professionals who are ready to care for patients and advise those who want to improve their health.

Program Quick Facts

-Coeducational program open to men and women.
-33-37 credit hours.
-Full-time and part-time options available.
-Typical time to degree is two years.
-Courses are primarily scheduled in the evening and meet in-person, with some online and hybrid course offerings.
-Areas of emphasis include dietetics, food studies, gastronomy, sports nutrition, cultural foods, and lifespan wellness.
-Admission deadlines are June 1 for fall (classes begin in August), November 1 for spring (classes begin in January), and April 1 for summer (classes begin in May).
-Both nutrition degree holders and career changers enroll in the program.
-Tuition is approximately $18,975 - $21,275 ($575 per credit hour) for 33-37 hours plus $75 per semester program fee.

Program Values

The Meredith M.S. in Nutrition program is dedicated to a set of core values that reflect standards of knowledge and practice in the field of nutrition, and a belief in the role of quality food to influence health and enrich lives. These values serve as the guiding curricular and co-curricular elements of the program.

-Academic excellence: promoting scholarship, curiosity, intellectual rigor, and integrity.
-Advocacy: encouraging sound nutrition and optimum health through engagement and support of people and programs dedicated to the profession.
-Professional development: advancing opportunities and participation in the field of food and nutrition, and setting the foundation for life-long growth and involvement in the profession.
-Quality food: fostering an appreciation for high quality, whole, nourishing food and its contribution to the quality of life.
-Sustainability: supporting food production and distribution systems that are environmentally sound and promote an equitable and just food supply.

Program Goals

The candidate will:
-Develop a thorough knowledge base on core topics in nutrition.
-Identify and discriminate among the different methods of inquiry in the field of nutrition.
-Develop cognitive skills to analyze and propose solutions to complex issues in the field.
-Locate and evaluate professional literature and current findings in the field.
-Develop skills to effectively communicate topics and issues in the field of nutrition to lay and professional groups.


The Meredith curriculum offers both thesis and non-thesis options to obtain the M.S. in Nutrition. The core curriculum provides advanced study and training in the research process, analysis of current findings, skills to communicate nutrition concepts to others, and an understanding of the function of food and nutrients in humans. You can select from a variety of elective courses that match your personal or professional interests. Through the appropriate selection of elective courses, and thesis or project topics, the following areas of emphasis can be created: eco-nutrition/gastronomy, sports nutrition, cultural foods, and lifespan wellness policies.

Other admission requirements

-Letters of Recommendation – Two completed recommendation forms from people with knowledge of your professional work or academic ability within your area of work or study, available to submit electronically online or in printable versions. Ideally, one recommendation form should be provided by a supervisor from an employment or volunteer position; one recommendation form should be provided by an instructor from a nutrition or nutrition-related science course.
-Focused research or practicum interest and program compatibility, clearly evident in essay answers.
-Professional writing skills demonstrated in applicant essay and GRE Writing score.
-Include a current resume
-Many students seeking a Master of Science in Nutrition degree from Meredith College are also interested in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) as preparation for application to a dietetic internship. Acceptance into the MS Nutrition program is not a guarantee of acceptance into a dietetic internship at Meredith College. Please note that the application for the MS Nutrition program should reflect your research and/or practical interests in the field of nutrition and how a Master’s degree in nutrition from Meredith College will contribute to your academic and professional goals independent of any dietetic interests.

See website for more information on entry into this course: http://www.meredith.edu/academics/graduate_programs/nutrition/master_of_science_in_nutrition/

Visit the Master of Science in Nutrition (MSc) page on the Meredith College website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The percentile target scores for the GRE are 40% in both the Verbal and Quantitative sections on both the original and revised version of the GRE test. Benchmark for Analytical writing score is 3.0. Target GPA of 3.0 for Bachelors and/or Meredith MS Nutrition prerequisites. Completion of, or current enrollment in, Introductory Nutrition, undergraduate Statistics (within 5 years), and Chemistry. See course description for further admission details.

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