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Master of Science in Nutrition online


This versatile online graduate program gives you enhanced knowledge and skills in human nutrition with an emphasis on community nutrition. With no clinical requirement, our M.S. in Nutrition program is designed for anyone interested in promoting wellness through nutritional sciences.

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Program Overview

Our Master of Science in Nutrition online program bridges the gap between formal education and professional practice as it prepares you to provide a comprehensive approach in a variety of careers in the areas of healthcare, food services, social work and exercise sciences. This affordable and accessible program focuses on community and lifecycle nutrition as well as contemporary issues such as weight management, eating disorders and sports nutrition.

icon $9,900* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 15 months Program Duration
icon 36 Credit Hours
icon $9,900* Total Program Cost
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Our 100% online curriculum develops your abilities to meet client needs and become a powerful part of the solution to numerous health challenges. You will learn about the role of nutrition in health, including the physiologic, social, cultural and economic factors that contribute to nutrition needs and concerns. This program also builds on your communication skills, helping you to provide effective nutrition counseling and education to individuals or groups.

Clinicals are not required for this program. If you hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nutrition or a health-related area, some leveling courses are necessary and are available online.

Career opportunities

Our M.S. in Nutrition online program can enhance your career in areas such as:

  • Community nutrition
  • Education and research
  • Food and nutrition management
  • Clinical dietetics
  • Consulting
  • Nutrition and wellness coaching
  • Nutrition in business and industry
  • Global food organizations
  • Media

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We understand that it can be difficult to manage work, classes, life and finances. That's why LU offers an affordable online education with pay-by-the-course options.

$9,900 Total program cost without leveling courses

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In addition to textbooks, some courses may require ancillary course materials that may range up to $150 each. Use of additional resources are at the discretion of each professor.

Financial Aid

Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.


Our M.S. in Nutrition online program offers multiple start dates and an accelerated course schedule ideal for working professionals.

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8-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall II 2019 10/21/2019 9/26/2019 10/3/2019 10/14/2019 12/10/2019
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 1/3/2020 1/10/2020 1/13/2020 3/13/2020
Spring II 2020 3/23/2020 3/2/2020 3/9/2020 3/16/2020 5/12/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/11/2020 5/18/2020 5/26/2020 7/6/2020
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Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.


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Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.


Bachelor's Degree

Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.


Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.

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Co-Requisites Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the necessary prerequisites as prescribed for the Master of Science in Nutrition. In some instances, leveling coursework may be required if undergraduate course transcripts do not provide sufficient evidence for successful mastery of cognitive and/or practical applied skills and abilities as related to the program. All leveling courses are taken online.

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require or college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

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The M.S. in Nutrition online program consists of 11 courses (33 credit hours)–which includes 15 hours in community and lifecycle nutrition, as well as 9 hours in contemporary nutrition–and a Nutrition Capstone course (3 credit hours). There is no clinical requirement. Students with undergraduate degrees in a field not related to nutrition or health may be required to take additional leveling courses.

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The following leveling courses are available online.

BIOL 2401: Anatomy and Physiology I

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Structure and function of cells, tissues, and muscle, skeletal and nervous systems. Prerequisite: Passing scores on all sections of TASP test or be TASP exempt. May not be used as a Biology major course.

BIOL 2402: Anatomy and Physiology II

Duration: 15 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4

Structure and function of the circulatory, digestive, excretory and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIOL 2401 with a grade of at least a "C" or better.

CHEM-1306: Chemistry for Allied Health Sciences

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Survey of elementary inorganic/organic chemistry and gas laws for allied health science majors. Prerequisites: (High school chemistry or CHEM 1375 with a grade of "C" or better) and (Mathematics Readiness Score>= 700 or MATH 1314 or higher with a "C" or better).

MATH 1342: Elementary Statistics

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Non-calculus based introduction to statistics, statistical measures of data, statistical description of data, elementary probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, testing hypotheses.

PSYC 2317: Introduction to Statistical Methods

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Statistical concepts and techniques used in behavioral science research. Topics include graphs, measure of position, central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, probability, tests of significance and basic non-parametric techniques.

FCSC 1322: Nutrition/Diet

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to nutrition including functions, sources, characteristics and recommended intake of nutrients; digestion; absorption and metabolism; special needs during various phases of the life cycle; diet therapy and patient assessment, education, and counseling.

FCSC-4307: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Physiological, biochemical and sociological factors that affect nutrient requirements and recommendations over the life cycle.

FCSC-5303: Nutrition Research

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examination of the scientific method and its application to the study of nutrition-based research.

FCSC-5309: The Energy Nutrients

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

In-depth study of the macronutrients, the major building blocks of life. Sources, classification, functions, digestion, absorption, metabolism, and excretion of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Coverage of the major energy-generating pathways. Emphasis on various categories of macronutrients as related to health. Metabolism and health effects of alcohol.

FCSC-5351: Weight Management

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examination of current research regarding strategies for management of overweight and obesity.

FCSC-5348: Nutrition in Pregnancy & Infancy

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Role of nutrition in health during the preconception period, gestation, embryonic and fetal development, lactation, and the first year of life. Focus on conditions that require special nutrition concern.

FCSC-5332: Vitamins and Minerals

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on the specific micronutrients, vitamins and minerals, as related to health. Sources, classification, functions, digestion, absorption, metabolism, and excretion. Vitamin/mineral deficiency and toxicity. Assessment of micronutrient status.

FCSC-5350: Food, Culture, and Health

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An overview of global cultures and eating habits. Exploration of health and well-being as affected by food and culture.

FCSC-5352: Eating Disorders

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Cause, identification, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Students learn screening techniques appropriate for identifying individuals with eating disorders.

FCSC-5349: Nutrition in Aging

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Role of nutrition in successful aging. Study of physiologic, social and economic factors that contribute to nutrition needs and concerns of older adults.

FCSC-5359: Sports Nutrition

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The role of nutrition is discussed as it relates to athletic performance and physical activity.

FCSC-5338: Complementary & Alternative Nutrition Therapies

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on science-based literature of popular complementary and alternative nutrition therapies, including phytonutrients, functional foods, herbals, botanicals, and dietary supplements. Nontraditional medical practices commonly used to improve health will also be covered. The safety, efficacy, and standardization of dietary supplements will be discussed.

FCSC-5325: Nutrition Education & Counseling

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

In-depth study of communication and counseling skills utilized in conducting nutrition education to individuals and groups in community clinic settings. Requires case study presentation utilizing a transdisciplinary, developmental problem-solving model as a learning framework to enhance critical thinking skills.

FCSC-5389: Nutrition Capstone

Duration: 8 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Integration of learning from previous coursework and enhancement of leadership skills. Utilizing both instruction and self-guided learning, students develop and report on a tangible project addressing community nutrition needs or an area of interest of the student.

Price does not include leveling courses (if required). Distance learning fee is included in the tuition listed.

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