Want to expand your knowledge in the science of nutrition?
A Master of Nutrition is a non-thesis degree option that may be a good fit if you’re seeking a career in public health, health and wellness promotion firms and departments, and food and pharmaceutical companies that emphasize the nutritional health of their products.
- Minimum 36 credit hours – at least 20 hours must be at the 500 or 700-level
- Four to six semester hours of special problems (NTR 624 or NTR 693)
Each program can be completed in 1.5-2 years. Part-time enrollment may take longer. We also offer many nutrition courses through distance education. These courses, plus electives from other departments, can allow you to complete your graduate degree 100% online. Visit the Distance Education (DELTA) website for more information.
Flexibility in Focus
Students in the Master of Nutrition program can choose from several degree options:
- Feed Science Emphasis: As the world economy expands, there is a growing demand for meat and to efficiently use agricultural byproducts is opening more employment opportunities for graduates of animal feed science programs. The Master of Nutrition- Emphasis in Feed Science program focuses on meeting this need through an emphasis on animal nutrition.
- Human Nutrition, Food and Bioprocessing Emphasis: The Master of Nutrition- Emphasis in Human Nutrition, Food and Bioprocessing can help prepare students for other health careers and jobs in industry, government, and non-profit organizations.
- Professional Science Master of Nutrition – Feed Science Emphasis: The Professional Science Master of Nutrition-Feed Science emphasis will encompass nutrition and business with an emphasis on field experience. Students will be given the opportunity to work in North Carolina State University’s new state-of-the-art feed mill, work in a laboratory, or complete a project in an industry, government or non-profit organization setting. Settings can be the student’s current employer or internships developed by the student or program.
- Professional Science Master of Nutrition – Human Nutrition Emphasis: Upon completion of the Professional Science Master of Nutrition with a Human Nutrition emphasis, graduates possess a broad knowledge of nutrition science and related fields, and the management of this field, and are capable of effectively communicating scientific information.
Note: NC State University does not offer the Certification in Didactic Program in Dietetics for students seeking to become a registered dietitian.
Typically, Master of Nutrition students:
- Have a B.S degree in a science-related area, including course work in biology and organic chemistry
- Have a 3.0 GPA or higher
- Score at or above the 30th percentile in all categories on the GRE
- Have a TOFLE score of 80 or higher or IELTS of 6.5 or higher (for international students only)
Note: We strongly recommend students have higher scores to increase competitiveness for admissions.
When you apply for a Master of Nutrition (non-thesis), you are required to choose:
- The program: traditional or distance education
- Your emphasis:
- Master of Nutrition (non-thesis)
- Professional Science Master of Nutrition – Human Nutrition Emphasis
- Professional Science Master of Nutrition -Feed Science Emphasis)