Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

Advancing nutrition leaders through evidence-based nutrition education

The mission of the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the nutrition field, to advance knowledge and expand skills that promote excellence and innovation in all areas of nutrition practice, and to emphasize evidence-based best practices to support the well-being and health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and service.

UNE Online offers two pathways for students to earn their Master of Science in Applied Nutrition 100% online with timely, relevant classes and optional focus areas for professionals looking to advance their careers.

All students take the core courses of the curriculum, and then each student is able to select their own electives and one capstone to complete the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition degree. This flexible offering allows you to customize your course plan based on your specific career goals.

Applied Nutrition careers in today’s job market

The demand for knowledgeable nutrition professionals has rapidly grown in recent years as global health trends reveal undisputed links between diet and health. Changes in the healthcare environment, reimbursement policies, consumer interest in natural, functional, and fresh foods, and a growing public interest in nutrition and diet research have led to a demand for differentiation among Applied Nutrition practitioners.

Master of Science in Applied Nutrition – Program Options

Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Program

  • Designed for individuals pursuing a career in nutrition that are not looking to become an RDN
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • 36 credit hour program, with 6 enrollment periods per year
  • No GRE Required
  • Complete in as quickly as two years
  • Dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers, and educators
  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

RDN to Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Pathway

  • Designed for current registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) that are interested in earning their master’s degree
  • Current RDNs would be able to achieve up to 405 hours of CPEUs
  • 100% online – no campus visits required
  • 27 credit hour program, with 3 enrollment periods per year
  • No GRE Required
  • Complete in as quickly as sixteen months
  • Dynamic faculty of practitioners, researchers, and educators
  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

Interested in Becoming an RDN?

If you want to pursue becoming an RDN, please see our ACEND-accredited, 48-credit-hour MS, RDN focus option, which leads to a verification statement that allows you to write the exam for the RDN credential.

Focus your degree

The flexible nature of the Applied Nutrition degree allows you to take the requisite first year classes, and then diversify your educational plan of study to best meet your specific personal and professional goals. Our program provides you the flexibility to completely customize your course plan, or select from one of the focus areas with recommended course tracks.

Optional focus areas include:

Watch the interview with Tyler Blankenship, Applied Nutrition program graduate.

tyler blankenship

    Certified Nutrition Specialist

    “The University of New England’s Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program fulfills all of the current academic requirements for the CNS. BCNS requires a graduate degree in the field of nutrition from a regionally accredited university, specific coursework, and 1,000 hours of supervised experience. BCNS reviews each candidate individually, including current course descriptions, transcripts, and experience to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS, visit TheANA.org/Certify.”

    Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Learning Outcomes

    The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition (MSAN) program at UNE will prepare you to be fully capable of interpreting, communicating, and applying complex nutritional concepts to a wide array of individuals, communities, and organizations. Measurement of student learning outcomes will be accomplished through a combination of exams, written papers, and authentic real-world projects.

      • Direct and develop innovative practices
        You will be prepared to be able to use evidence-based knowledge to inform best practices and influence nutrition policy, as you will be on the forefront of change as more value is placed on the role of nutrition in the overall healthcare picture.
      • Acquire leadership skills
        You will learn how to provide leadership and innovation to the field of nutrition, and how to facilitate the growth and the application of best practices in the field, both regionally and globally.
      • Apply and communicate complex concepts in nutrition
        You will be able to interpret, evaluate, communicate and apply complex concepts in nutrition to a wide variety of individuals, communities, and organizations. You will be able to utilize theories of health behavior and the translation of theory into practice as a valuable tool in public health, community, and clinical nutrition settings.

     

    Questions?

    If you have any questions about the Applied Nutrition programs, focus areas, coursework, or program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.