Graduate Nutrition Programs in Massachusetts

Nov 14, 2018

Students who complete a graduate degree in nutrition can utilize it in a variety of jobs. Career opportunities are available in clinical dietetics, international food organizations, food and nutrition management, or consulting/private practice.

School Comparison

Several public schools with graduate nutrition programs in Massachusetts offer in-state tuition for students who qualify. In general, rates range from under $11,000 to over $50,000.

Institution Location Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Tufts University Medford, MA $50,766
Simmons College Boston, MA $21,154
Framingham State University Framingham, MA $10,625 (in-state) / $16,000 (out-of-state)
University of Massachusetts Boston, MA $17,730 (in-state) / $34,270 (out-of-state)
Boston University Boston, MA $51,716

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

Massachusetts Schools with Graduate Nutrition Programs

Tufts University

Tufts University offers a two-year, Master of Science in Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change. Students will earn 48 credits and take courses like Nutrition and Chronic Disease, Communicating Health Information to Diverse Audiences, and Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health. Students will need to complete an online admissions application and pay a $70 nonrefundable fee. They must provide the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE scores

Simmons College

Students can complete a Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion at Simmons College in one to four years. Required coursework includes Advanced Topics in Preventive Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology. Students have the option to attend on-campus or online classes. Applicants will need a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Current Simmons undergrad students with at least a 3.3 GPA can apply for the master's program at the end of their junior year. All other students must complete an online application and supply their official transcripts. They will also need to supply three recommendation letters.

Framingham State University

Framingham State University offers a Master of Science with a Food and Nutrition Concentration. Students can choose from three focus areas: nutrition science and informatics, food science and nutrition science, and coordinated program in dietetics. Focus areas include coursework in Advanced Nutrition/Metabolism and Human Nutrition Science, with at least 10-15 classes required, depending on the chosen specialization. The application process consists of an online application and $50 fee, official transcripts, applicable testing scores, recommendation letters, and a personal statement.

University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts offers several graduate degrees in nutrition. The Master of Science in Nutrition is intended for students interested in careers in nutrition education, community nutrition, or clinical nutrition. Students can choose a thesis or non-thesis track. The required coursework for this program includes Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism and Principles of Epidemiology. The university also offers a non-thesis/DPD for students interested in becoming a registered dietitian. Depending on the chosen degree, completion of 30-35 credits is required. For admittance, students will need a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They must submit a graduate school application and provide their GRE General Test scores, official transcripts, and two reference letters. Students will need to have prerequisite courses completed in areas like basic nutrition, statistics, and organic chemistry. In addition to the master's degrees, this university also offers a 57-credit PhD program in nutrition. A research dissertation and oral defense are required.

Boston University

Boston University awards a Master's and PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism. Master's candidates will take courses such as Clinical Nutrition Research and Biochemistry/Cell Biology and earn at least 32 credits. Doctoral students will take courses like Cell Dynamics and Architecture and Protein Structure, Catalysis, and Interactions. A dissertation and oral defense are also required for the PhD. Students will need to complete the university's online graduate application. Students applying to the MS/DI (Dietetic Internship) program must complete the Online Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service. All students will need to supply their GRE scores and a personal statement.

Graduate nutrition students in Massachusetts can complete master's and doctoral degrees. Specializations are offered in areas such as food science and nutrition science.

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