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Nutrition, M.S.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester: March 15
Spring Semester: September 15

Degree Program: Nutrition
Degree: M.S.
Program Code: MS-NUTR

Department: Individual, Family and Community Education
Program: Nutrition and Dietetics


The Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics, including opportunities in research, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and public health. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of faculty in the Nutrition Program, Exercise Science Program, Health Education Program, Public Health as well as health care professionals at UNM, the Prevention Research Center and other UNM Health Sciences sites. Course work includes gaining a deeper understanding of a variety of different areas including medical nutrition therapy, research methods, longevity, maternal and child nutrition, eating disorders, complementary and alternative therapies, and weight management. 

The MS in Nutrition offers two options: Thesis and Publishable Paper. Upon admission to the MS program, you will be assigned an advisor who will assist you in selecting the most appropriate option and courses that are individualized according to your specific goals.
The MS in Nutrition (both options) consist of 36 credits and both options allow students to select several electives to enhance their educational and career goals. These electives may be taken in Nutrition, Public Health, Exercise Science, Health Education, Biostatistics, and Educational Psychology.

To be considered for the MS in Nutrition, students must have a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition or closely related undergraduate degree (exercise science, public health). If the degree is not in nutrition or dietetics, students may be required to complete a post baccalaureate degree in Nutrition. The minimum GPA to be considered for acceptance into the MS Nutrition Program is 3.2. In addition, the GRE examination must be taken for consideration. 

A Graduate Student Orientation is conducted the week before classes in the fall semester where students will have the opportunity to meet other new graduate students and get acquainted with the Nutrition Program faculty. 

Successful completion of the MS degree in Nutrition does not guarantee placement or acceptance into a dietetic internship. However, those students who have successfully completed the UNM Dietetic Internship will have completed 15 graduate credit hours which may be applied to the MS Program in Nutrition.

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships (GA) and Teaching Assistantships (TA) are available. Students may apply to these in the fall semester for spring positions and in the spring for fall positions. Requests for applications are sent out mid semester on the Nutrition Graduate Listserv. GA, TA and grader positions include teaching an entire freshman level nutrition course (NUTR 120, NUTR 244), being a grader for a junior level course (NUTR 344, NUTR 345) or as a food science lab assistant (NUTR 330L). Students who are selected as a GA or TA must also register for 6 hours of graduate credit the same semester in which they are a GA or TA. 

To request further information about the program, contact Dr. Deborah Cohen, Graduate Program Coordinator,

Program Information

Application and Admissions

Nutrition Program Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Deborah Cohen, DCN, RDN
Associate Professor