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Top Nutrition Masters Programs: List of Colleges

Discover the top universities providing nutrition master's degree programs across the nation. See school rankings, program offerings and location information, and compare similarities and differences to make an educated decision.

School Overviews

Learn more about the top schools across the nation that offer master's degree programs in nutrition. Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science (M.S.) programs in nutrition are available. Students in graduate nutrition programs generally learn sound nutritional practices through classroom, clinical and community experiences. Topics covered during these programs include food and culture, nutritional biochemistry, public health policies and disease prevention through nutrition. Keep reading to gain more information.

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Highlight: The Gillings School of Global Public Health program at the University of North Carolina was ranked as the second best graduate level public health program in the country for 2015.

As the best public health school and second best graduate level public health program in America (U.S. News & World Report, 2016 edition), the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health offers a MPH in Nutrition program. UNC also offers a M.S. in Nutritional Biochemistry program for students who want to increase their knowledge in research and lab study.

2. University of Washington - Seattle Campus

School Highlight: An MPH in Public Health Nutrition and M.S. in Nutritional Sciences programs are both available at the University of Washington.

In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked UW the sixth best graduate program for public health. UW offers two options for a master's degree in nutrition. The M.S. in Nutritional Sciences program is an interdisciplinary degree program that covers several areas, including experimental, clinical and public health nutrition. The MPH in Nutritional Sciences program focuses primarily on public health and policy. Graduates of either master's degree program are eligible to sit for registered dietitian (R.D.) certification exams.

Top Schools for Graduate Nutrition Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Graduates of the dietetics program had a 100% pass rate on the registered dietician exam in 2013 Tempe, AZ
Ohio State University - Main Campus Ranked in the top ten among public research universities according to the National Science Foundation Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus Nutritional sciences facilities include the Center for Childhood Obesity Research, the Center for Healthy Aging, the Diet Assessment Center, the Methodology Center, and the Prevention Research Center University Park, PA
Rutgers University - New Brunswick The Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences was highly ranked by the National Research Council New Brunswick, NJ
Texas A&M University - College Station The work of Department of Nutrition and Food Science faculty encompasses 16 research areas College Station, TX
University of California - Berkeley The Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology Department offers M.S. and Ph.D. in Metabolic Biology programs and a Ph.D. in Molecular Toxicology program Berkeley, CA
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Areas of faculty research in the Division of Nutritional Sciences include animal nutrition, biochemical and molecular nutrition, and food safety and toxicology Champaign, IL
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Offers M.S. and MPH degree programs in human nutrition Ann Arbor, MI
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities The Department of Food Science and Nutrition participates in six research centers, including the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Minneapolis, MN

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