Educate, motivate, and advocate for improved nutrition behaviors among individuals, organizations and communities. During this unprecedented time, with individuals having to prepare meals at home and being more conscious of their health, the online Master of Science in Nutrition Education prepares you to contribute to the ever-expanding movement for healthier lifestyle choices. Study the scientific principles of nutrition and learn to develop scalable nutrition education programs and intervention skills.

Application fee waivers now available for applicants that complete their application file within three weeks.

Accolades, Benefits and Highlights

  • Online convenience and flexibility lets you continue to work while completing your MS in Nutrition Education in less than two years.
  • An Online Merit Scholarship of $10,000 is available to accepted applicants who meet eligibility requirements
  • Gain the advanced credentials needed to obtain a position in a variety of settings including independent consulting, schools, nonprofits, government, health clubs, community organizations, and food companies.
  • Learn from an accomplished faculty of experts on nutrition science, behavior change strategies, education, and communication.
  • Halfway through the online graduate program, students are matched with a faculty mentor who will be available to assist with resume development, job search navigation and making connections based on location and professional interests.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required
  • A 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate work is recommended
  • GRE test score not required

Prepare for Certification

This program provides a stepping stone to the Certified Nutrition Specialist®™ credential. Additional coursework in clinical nutrition, bio/life sciences, and biochemistry, beyond what is included in this program, as well as supervised practice experience, are necessary for CNS® eligibility.

This program does not prepare you to be a Registered Dietitian (RD). However, there are currently RDs in this program for professional development and career advancement. And effective January 1, 2024 the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will require all registered dietitian candidates to have a master’s degree.

Online Graduate Certificate Available

Enhance your skills in just one year with our 100% online Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Education. In this 18-credit program, you can fast-track your studies and complete six relevant nutrition courses for the next step in your career. Topics include life cycle nutrition, nutrition education, and more. You can also apply your credits toward American's MS in Nutrition Education degree.

Contact an admissions adviser for more information.

Carolina Espinel, Alumna, '16

"Being online, it allowed me to pursue the MS all the way from Ecuador! Additionally, I have been able to work while studying. Of course it has been a challenging task, but the structure of the courses and the guidance of the instructors have ensured a rewarding academic experience. I realize work and study complement each other, and it has been wonderful to count with the instructor and other classmates’ expertise."