Master of Science in Nutrition

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The Master of Science in Nutrition is a 36-hour program that is completed 100% online. You will be required to choose one of two specializations when entering the program. Those specializations are Applied Nutrition and Sport Nutrition. It also has a Community Nutrition emphasis and is designed to enhance knowledge and skills of future nutritionists, dietitians and other professionals in nutrition practice, thus enhancing the ability of health care practitioners to provide an integrated and cohesive approach to meeting the needs of clients.

The LU M.S. in Nutrition online degree bridges the gap between formal education and professional practice as it prepares the program graduate to be a powerful part of the solution to numerous nutrition challenges.

The program includes three hours in Nutrition Research; 6 hours in Nutrition and Metabolism; 15 hours in Community and Lifecycle Nutrition; nine hours in Contemporary Nutrition; and 3 hours in a capstone experience. Program graduates will have the opportunity to prepare for a career in nutrition and/or nutrition-related fields by developing marketable skills. See our marketable skills page for specific skill set applications.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) can receive up to six hours graduate credit in the M.S. in Nutrition program. 

Proof of current RDN registration must be provided to the M.S. in Nutrition program director after acceptance into the program to receive credit. The six credit hours in lieu of coursework credit hours are for the following courses: 

  • NUTR 5309 – The Energy Nutrients

  • NUTR 5332 – Vitamins & Minerals

Please Note: This master's degree does not provide the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics, provide eligibility to apply to a dietetic internship, nor the eligibility to sit for the National Registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

Career Opportunities

Through the completion of the Lamar University M.S. in Nutrition program, graduates will be poised to become agents of change within the state and nation. Job opportunities include being managers, researchers, educators, advocates, and directors who can provide leadership in creating and implementing programs and policies concerning nutrition. Also, courses throughout the program expose students to career opportunities.

The program culminates with a capstone course where students are provided opportunities for in-depth career explorations in their area of interest. Graduates will leave the program with a complete portfolio demonstrating the skills and knowledge acquired.