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Master of Science in Nutrition

The Master of Science degree in Nutrition Science provides advanced academic training for students seeking in-depth nutrition knowledge and for Registered Dietitians who are interested in career advancement. Our program provides students with non-thesis or thesis program options for completing the Master's degree. The non thesis option includes completion of a research project under the direction of your Graduate Advisor and another Graduate Faculty member in nutrition whereas the thesis option includes completion of an original research project under the direction of a Thesis Committee.

View important information that may affect potential enrollment of out-of-state applicants to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University.


The program requires 33 semester hours which are composed of the following:

Non-Thesis Option

Core Courses

  • NUTR 6105 Human Nutrition in Physiology and Metabolism (3sh)
  • BIOS 7021 Biostatistics for Health Professionals I (3sh)
  • NUTR 6200 Methods in Nutrition Research (3sh)

Research/Professional Practice Component

  • NUTR 6600 Management in Dietetics (3sh)
  • NUTR 6900 Review of Current Literature(2sh)
  • NUTR 6950 Seminar in Nutrition (1sh)

Thesis Option

Core Courses

  • NUTR 6105 Human Nutrition in Physiology and Metabolism (3sh)
  • BIOS 7021 Biostatistics for Health Professionals I (3 sh)
  • NUTR 6200 Methods in Nutrition Research (3 sh)

Research/Professional Practice Component

  • NUTR 7000 Thesis (3sh)
  • NUTR 7000 Thesis (3sh)
  • BIOS 7022 Biostatistics for Health Professionals II (3 sh)
  • NUTR 6950 Seminar in Nutrition (1 sh)

**Non-Thesis Concentration Course requirements - 18 semester hours of course work as approved by your Advisor
**Thesis Concentration Course requirements - 14 semester hours of course work approved by your Advisor


The courses for completing the Master of Science in Nutrition Science are offered only online. Some on-campus activities may be required for the thesis option.



Apply to East Carolina University. Admission to East Carolina University does not guarantee admission into your desired program of study.

Admission Requirements

  • Equivalent to Nutrition Foundation Requirement from ECU (if your undergraduate degree is in something other than nutrition). View Nutrition Foundation Requirements (pdf)
  • Minimum GRE score: Average of Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning at the 30% percentile.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale if major in nutrition, 3.0 on 4.0 Nutrition Foundations requirements (if applicable).
  • Minimum grade of C in College Algebra, completed in past 5 years.

The deadline for applications is March 1 (students pursuing combined MS and internship should use internship specific deadline). View specific instructions for how to complete the application (pdf). Admission to the Master of Science in Nutrition program is through the ECU Graduate School.

Other Requirements

  • The Master of Science degree in Nutrition Science requires a minimum of 33 semester hours, 17 semester hours must be 6000-level and 15 semester hours must be NUTR courses. You are required to successfully complete all core courses and the appropriate research/professional practice courses for the thesis or non-thesis option.
  • Students enrolled in the program have 6 years to complete all degree requirements.
  • Continuous enrollment (fall and spring terms) is required upon admission into the program.

Contact us at MSNUTR@ecu.edu