Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

Advancing nutrition leaders through evidence-based nutrition education

UNE Online offers this 36-cred­it 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 six core cours­es of the cur­ricu­lum, and then each stu­dent is able to select their own five 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.


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.

Certified Nutrition Specialist

“The Uni­ver­si­ty of New England’s MS in Applied Nutri­tion pro­gram ful­fills part 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”

RD Certification

This pro­gram does not lead to reg­is­tered dietit­ian (RD) cre­den­tial­ing and a ver­i­fi­ca­tion state­ment can­not be pro­vid­ed upon com­ple­tion of the pro­gram.

Program Highlights

  • 36-cred­it hour pro­gram
  • Com­plete your degree as quick­ly as two years
  • 100% online – no cam­pus vis­its required
  • Learn any­time from any place
  • No GRE Required
  • Dynam­ic fac­ul­ty of prac­ti­tion­ers, researchers and edu­ca­tors
  • Region­al­ly accred­it­ed by the New Eng­land Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools & Col­leges (NEASC)

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:
  1. Busi­ness, Social Media, & Entre­pre­neur­ship
  2. Obe­si­ty and Health Pro­mo­tion
  3. Nutri­tion and Dis­ease Pre­ven­tion
  4. Cus­tomize your degree plan 

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.
  • 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 pro­fes­sion of Applied Nutri­tion, and how to facil­i­tate the growth and the appli­ca­tion of best prac­tices in the field, both region­al­ly and glob­al­ly.

Applied Nutrition careers in today’s job market

Education levels desired for Applied Nurtrition jobsThe demand for knowl­edge­able Applied Nutri­tion pro­fes­sion­als has rapid­ly grown in recent years as glob­al health trends reveal undis­put­ed links between diet and health.  Changes in the health­care envi­ron­ment, expand­ed reim­burse­ment poli­cies in the 2010 Afford­able Care Act, 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.

How to apply for the Applied Nutrition program

The Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion pro­gram is now accept­ing appli­ca­tions. For more detailed infor­ma­tion, please con­tact an enroll­ment coun­selor at (855) 751‑4447 or email

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