Master of Science in Nutrition Online

Increase your nutrition knowledge and help others to wellness with our online M.S. in Nutrition. This program focuses on community and lifecycle nutrition, as well as contemporary issues such as weight management, eating disorders and sports nutrition.

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Program Overview

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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 life-cycle nutrition as well as contemporary issues such as weight management, eating disorders and sports nutrition.

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.

Please Note: This master's degree does not provide the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics, provide eligibility to apply to a dietetic internship, nor the eligibility to sit for the National Registration examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing Master of Science in Nutrition. Our tuition is affordable, and can be paid by the course.

$11,682 Total program cost without leveling courses

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

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

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Our Master of Science in Nutrition online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:9/28/22
Start Class:10/19/22

8 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 2 10/19/2022 09/28/2022 10/05/2022 10/10/2022 12/06/2022

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The Master of Science in Nutrition online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Online Application

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.

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Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

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

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.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

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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.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) can receive up to 6 hours graduate credit in the MS in Nutrition program. 

Proof of current RDN registration must be provided to the MS in Nutrition program director after acceptance into the program to receive credit. The 6 credit hours in lieu of coursework credit hours are for the following courses: 

  • NUTR 5309 – The Energy Nutrients

  • NUTR 5332 – Vitamins & Minerals
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.
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.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Physiological, biochemical and sociological factors that affect nutrient requirements and recommendations over the life cycle.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of the scientific method and its application to the study of nutrition-based research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examination of current research regarding strategies for management of overweight issues and obesity.
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.
Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The role of nutrition is discussed as it relates to athletic performance and physical activity.
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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