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Master’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences

from The University of Texas at Austin
  • $25,300
  • 10 courses
  • 1-2 years
  • Fully online

Master's Overview

Nutrition science is a critical area of expertise needed for anyone working in health- or wellness-related fields. The University of Texas at Austin offers an innovative and rigorous online Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences degree, which brings the on-campus degree to learners worldwide. The knowledge gained through this program of study can be applied to community and nutrition education programs, to corporate health and wellness settings, and current health professional practice. This fully online and accredited graduate program provides core knowledge of advanced human nutrition, combined with specialized knowledge from one of two concentration areas:

  • Biochemical & Functional Nutrition:
    • Nutrition Immunology, Nutrition as Medicine, Nutrition and Cancer, and Nutritigenomics.

  • Health Promotion & Disease Prevention:
    • Theory of Nutrition Behavior, Obesity and Energy Balance, Life Cycle Nutrition, and Chronic Disease Prevention.

A Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin allows you to meet your career goals through a flexible degree plan that results in a credential that signifies integrated knowledge across the broad spectrum of nutrition research and practice.

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  • 1-year track tuition & fees:
  • 2-year track tuition & fees:
*Federal financial aid is available to students through the Free Application for Student Financial Aid ( application process.

Important dates & deadlines

Fall 2021

  • Priority Application Deadline
    June 15, 2021
  • Final Application Deadline
    July 15, 2021
  • Program Start Date
    August 25, 2021
*Please note, the program orientation will begin on August 1, 2021.

Prerequisite coursework

Prerequisites for Admission Consideration:

  1. Completed Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
  2. Completion Specific Coursework (or equivalent) including:
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Human Physiology
    • Introductory Nutrition

Application requirements

Applicants to the MSNS degree program must meet the minimum requirements for graduate study at the University of Texas at Austin. Admission requirements to the Graduate School and the graduate program in Nutritional Sciences are as follows:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States institution OR proof of equivalent training at an institute outside the United States. The Graduate and International Admissions Center (GIAC) will determine eligibility for admission in consultation with prospective graduate programs.
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division course work (junior- and senior-level courses) and in any graduate work already completed.
  3. Completion of the GRE or MCAT/PCAT/OAT/DAT test is required for admission.
  4. A satisfactory score (minimum score of 83 required) on the TOEFL exam (international applicants only). For more information, please see: Graduate School Admissions for International Students.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional potential.
  6. Personal statement regarding research and professional experience, goals, and how completion of the program will further those goals.
  7. Personal resume including relevant work and experience.
  8. Applicants should have a background in nutrition or related science and/or meet the pre-requisite coursework for admissions (described below).


The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences degree requires 30 credit hours of core and concentration courses. All courses are 3 credit hour courses.

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  • Yes. All students must electronically send a valid GRE exam score to the UT Austin Graduate School. Students are also able to request a waiver from the Director of the program with appropriate submission of their current MCAT, PCAT, OAT, or DAT score. Some additional waivers can be provided for learners that have earned a graduate clinical/science degree (e.g., MD, PA, DDS) if they are currently practicing in their clinical field. Questions should be directed to
  • Yes. College of Natural Sciences ( and the UT Austin Graduate School ( both offer career services. Students are also invited to attend the Nutritional Sciences Seminar ( and join the Nutrition Graduate Student Association (
  • Federal financial aid is available through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (
  • No. This program is not able to offer or accept University of Texas scholarships at this time.
  • Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • Yes. A minimum score of an 83 is required for International Students.
  • You can complete certain prerequisite coursework through courses on edX. To obtain the necessary Biochemistry prerequisite coursework, earn a verified certificate from HarvardX's Principles of Biochemistry ( The course is self-paced so you can go through it at your own pace. Check the course page for run dates.