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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.

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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.



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Admission Requirements

  • Equivalent of Nutrition Foundation requirement from ECU (if your undergraduate degree is in something other than nutrition). Requirements are listed below.
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale if major in Nutrition or 3.0 on 4.0 Nutrition Foundations requirements if primary degree is not in Nutrition
  • Minimum grade of C in College Algebra, completed in past 5 years

Nutrition Foundation Requirements (32 semester hours)

These courses must be successfully completed before applying to the MS in Nutrition program. It is not required that you complete these courses from ECU - you can take them at any college or university that offers course equivalents. See the undergraduate catalog from descriptions of the courses. The courses are offered at ECU by face-to-face instruction (not distance education).

  • BIOL 1050 General Biology (3 semester hours)
  • BIOL 2130 and 2131 Survey of Human Physiology class and lab (5 semester hours)
  • CHEM 1160 and CHEM 1161 General Chemistry class and lab (4 semester hours)
  • CHEM 2650 and CHEM 2651 Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences class and lab (5 semester hours)
  • College algebra (3 semester hours), earn minimum grade of C, completed in past 5 years
  • NUTR 2105 Nutrition Science (3 semester hours)
  • NUTR 3104 Advanced Vitamins and Minerals (2 semester hours)
  • NUTR 3105 Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism (3 semester hours)
  • NUTR 3311 Life Cycle Nutrition (4 semester hours)

Application Process

The application for the Master of Science Degree in Nutrition is submitted online to the East Carolina University's Graduate School which can be found at www.ecu.edu/gradschool/. A completed application will include the following items:

  • Online graduate application
  • GRE score
  • Official transcripts from all schools, colleges, or universities attended
  • Supplemental application submitted through the application website. Download Supplemental Application (docx)
  • Two reference letters (submitted through the application website following their specific directions)

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is March 1 (students pursuing combined MS and internship should use internship specific deadline).


Program Completion 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