Master of Science in Nutrition

It’s widely understood that nutrition plays a significant role in health and disease. NUNM’s Master of Science in Nutrition (MScN) program is built around our longstanding philosophy, Food is Medicine, highlighting the benefits of whole, unprocessed foods and traditional diets. Our curriculum is designed to get students out of the classroom and into the kitchen. Our curriculum includes cooking components within many courses. By focusing on clinical nutrition, our graduates are trained to plan menus and cook healthy, nutritious meals appropriate for a variety of dietary needs and medical conditions.

Our hands-on curriculum integrates nutritional biochemistry and pathophysiology with advanced clinical nutrition education. Students learn to match nutritional therapies to basic diagnoses; design individualized meal plans for clients; identify nutrition resources for various environments; and analyze nutrient content of diets to best facilitate dietary changes associated with optimizing health.

Our graduates also receive a solid foundation in holistic nutrition and food systems, complemented by skill-training in cooking, teaching and nutrition counseling. They’re prepared to apply their training in a variety of professional settings, from health and nutritional counseling to nutrition research and much more.

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We are now accepting applications to the program for the Fall 2018 term.

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Program Options

The Master of Science in Nutrition program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • MScN

    Admissions Requirements for MScN

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScN Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for MScN
    Credits 38
    Cost/Credit $422.00
    Tuition $16,036.00
    Fees $1,500.00
    Total $17,536.00

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2017-2018 academic year of fall/winter/spring (9-months). Tuition is subject to change.

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64

  • MScN/MScGH

    Admissions Requirements for MScN/MScGH

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology * 1 Any discipline
    General Chemistry * 1
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
      Any discipline
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScN/MScGH Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScGH #1

      How do you intend to use global health in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScGH #2

      Describe your background in health, social justice, international studies, or other background information that you think is relevant to your interest in the MScGH program. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScGH #3

      What is the most interesting thing that you (individually) or the U.S. (collectively) could do to improve global health in the next 10 years? Name the problem and solve it. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for MScGH
    Credits 86
    Cost/Credit $422.00
    Tuition $36,292.00
    Fees $9,000.00
    Total $45,292.00

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2017-2018 academic year of fall/winter/spring (9-months). Tuition is subject to change.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total MScGH Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      50

    • Elective credits

      12

    • Total required credits

      62

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64

  • MScN/MSiMR

    Admissions Requirements for MScN/MSiMR

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.2 or higher

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology * 1 Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 2
    Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
      Lab work required.
    • General Chemistry * — 2 Courses
    • Mathematics — 2 Courses
      Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or math-based statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScN/MSiMR Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #1

      What interests you about integrative medicine research? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MSiMR #2

      Describe your background in research, research-related interests or career goals. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for MSiMR
    Credits 76
    Cost/Credit $422.00
    Tuition $32,072.00
    Fees $2,500.00
    Total $34,572.00

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2017-2018 academic year of fall/winter/spring (9-months). Tuition is subject to change.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total MSiMR Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      60

    • Elective credits

      8

    • Total required credits

      68

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64

  • MScN/MScSM

    Admissions Requirements for MScN/MScSM

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScN/MScSM Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • Sports Medicine #1

      If you have had a sports-related injury, how did the recovery process affect your view of sports medicine? Or, if you have not had a sport-related injury, describe how you have approached injury prevention in your exercise plan.

    • Sports Medicine #2

      Describe how sports or fitness plays a role in your life. How has your athletic practice/personal experience of sports or fitness influenced how you view sports medicine?

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for MScSM
    Credits 75
    Cost/Credit $422.00
    Tuition $31,650.00
    Fees $1,690.00
    Total $33,340.00

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2017-2018 academic year of fall/winter/spring (9-months). Tuition is subject to change.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total MScSM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      48

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      64

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64

  • ND/MScN

    Admissions Requirements for ND/MScN

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology * 2 Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
    General Chemistry * 4 Science-major level. Two sequential courses in organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required.
    General Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
    English Composition 1
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 2 Courses
      Science-major level. Must include cellular biology. Competencies may be met through other courses, such as: anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Lab work required.
    • General Chemistry * — 4 Courses
      Science-major level. Two sequential courses in organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required.
    • General Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be in algebra, calculus, or math-based statistics.
    • English Composition — 1 Course
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MScN Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • ND #2

      While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc. (maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for ND
    Credits 120.75
    Cost/Credit $422.00
    Tuition $50,956.50
    Fees $3,000.00
    Total $53,956.50

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2017-2018 academic year of fall/winter/spring (9-months). Tuition is subject to change.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total ND Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      286

    • Elective credits

      16

    • Total required credits

      302

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64

  • DSOM/MScN

    Admissions Requirements for DSOM/MScN

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the DSOM/MScN Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • DSOM #1

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the DSOM Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for DSOM
    Credits 94.75
    Cost/Credit $422.00
    Tuition $39,984.50
    Fees $3,380.00
    Total $43,364.50

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2017-2018 academic year of fall/winter/spring (9-months). Tuition is subject to change.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total DSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      255

    • Elective credits

      10

    • Total required credits

      265

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64

  • MSOM/MScN

    Admissions Requirements for MSOM/MScN

    GPA

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee. For programs within the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, the committee may allow a student to take physics as a corequisite with first-year coursework.

    General Biology * 1
    General Chemistry * 1
    Physics * 1 Must include mechanics.
    Mathematics 1 Must be algebra or statistics.
    Psychology 1 Human psychology covering the life span.
    Social Sciences 1
    Humanities 1
    • General Biology * — 1 Course
    • General Chemistry * — 1 Course
    • Physics * — 1 Course
      Must include mechanics.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be algebra or statistics.
    • Psychology — 1 Course
      Human psychology covering the life span.
    • Social Sciences — 1 Course
    • Humanities — 1 Course

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.
    * Catalog course descriptions for these prerequisites will need to be provided with your application.

    Documents & Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MSOM/MScN Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • Personal Statement

      Please write a 2—3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

    • MSOM #2

      Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

    • MScN #1

      Describe your background in nutrition, nutrition-related interests, and your philosophy around nutrition. (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    • MScN #2

      How do you intend to use nutrition in your career? (approximately 800 words, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First Year Tuition & Fees for MSOM
    Credits 81.25
    Cost/Credit $422.00
    Tuition $34,287.50
    Fees $3,000.00
    Total $37,287.50

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on NUNM's 2017-2018 academic year of fall/winter/spring (9-months). Tuition is subject to change.

    The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

    Total MSOM Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      213

    • Elective credits

      6

    • Total required credits

      219

    Total MScN Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      49

    • Elective credits

      15

    • Total required credits

      64