Master of Science in Applied Nutrition: Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How can I get started?

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis three times per year. Contact an Enrollment Counselor at (855) 751-4447 or for program and enrollment information.

  • What kind of educational requirements are there for admission?

    Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  • Can I apply if my GPA is lower than 3.0?

    Applications for the Applied Nutrition program are reviewed holistically. Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements can still apply, however may be admitted on a provisional basis.

  • Is the GRE required to apply?

    The GRE is not required as part of the admissions process. If you have taken the GRE, you are welcome to provide your score as part of your application package, but the GRE it is not a requirement.


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Student Support

  • What kind of support will I receive as a student?

    Our motto is “A successful student is a supported student.” Upon entering the program you will be assigned a dedicated Student Support Specialist to provide you with support and to answer any questions you may have.

    Your Support Specialist is your on-the-ground advocate at the University – from questions on textbooks, to registration, to financial aid and more, they are there to help you make your academic journey successful. And of course, this dedicated support is provided in addition to the tremendous support you will receive from program staff, your academic advisor, course instructors and fellow classmates.




  • I’m really searching for a career. I know that I love Nutrition and want to help people and teach people what a good diet consists of and how that can change your life. What types of careers can this Masters lead to?

    There are a lot of career possibilities and opportunities after completion of the MS in Applied Nutrition dependent on your previous education and credentials, the state you live in, and what your interests are. Some examples may include:
    • Industry consultant (product development, testing, branding, marketing)
    • Wellness and/or Nutrition Coach
    • Nutrition Communications Specialist
    • Health Promotion Specialist
    • Social Media writer
    • Brand Ambassador
    • Marketing specialist
    • Nutrition Education specialist
    • Nutrition and Wellness writer
    • Corporate or Non-Profit Nutrition and Wellness program manager
    • Curriculum Consultant
    • Restaurant/catering/institutional food consultant
    • Weight Management specialist

    Career possibilities with previous education and credentials in fields such as education, nutrition, nursing, exercise science, chiropractic, social work and a variety of other fields further diversify the career possibilities associated with completion of the MS in Applied Nutrition and could include:
    • Health and Nutrition teacher (K-12)
    • Nurse practitioner with a specialty in Applied Nutrition
    • Personal Fitness and Nutrition coach
    • Behavioral and disordered eating consultant
    • Registered Dietitian
    • Food Service Manager

  • I would like to become an RD. How can your Masters degree in Applied Nutrition help me get to that point?

    To become an RD the following Educational and professional requirements must be met:
    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from US regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent, including coursework through an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) or a Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP)
    • Completion of 1200 hours of supervised practice through an ACEND accredited Dietetic Internship
    • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

    More information on becoming an RD can be found at: The University of New England’s MS in Applied Nutrition Program does not to provide a pathway to registered dietitian (RD) credentialing and a verification statement cannot be provided upon completion of the program. Rather, the MS in Applied Nutrition provides students with an advanced degree that helps students to prepare for leadership roles in the nutrition field.

    The Applied Nutrition program mission is 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.

  • I am a registered dietitian. How will your masters degree program in Applied Nutrition help me?

    If you are currently an Registered Dietitian (RD), the University of New England’s MS in Applied Nutrition can provide you with a graduate level education that will increase and diversify your knowledge in the field of nutrition, as well as help keep you competitive and current in the job market. There are RDs enrolled in the MS of Applied Nutrition that are interested in continuing their academic career to deepen their knowledge, build new skills and enhance their professional practice. 

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