Master of Science in Nutrition

The Master of Science degree in Nutrition is designed to accommodate employed professionals pursuing an advanced degree, persons wishing to complete didactic requirements to apply to a dietetic internship, and those seeking continuing education in nutrition. The graduate program provides students with knowledge of current theory, research, and nutrition policy, and gives them the skills necessary to apply that knowledge throughout their professional careers.

Why a Master's in Nutrition?

The Master of Science degree in Nutrition will prepare students for a variety of positions in nutrition and dietetics. University graduates have accepted positions in clinical and administrative dietetics, community nutrition, nutrition consulting, food service management, nutrition research, business, and secondary and college education.


Mission Statement

The Mission of the University of the Incarnate Word Nutrition Program is to prepare professionals committed to providing nutrition and dietetic services to improve the health and well-being of individuals and groups. The program emphasizes the importance of scientific and evidence-based practice, ethical decision-making, and understanding of social justice issues including regional through global ecological dimensions of food and nutrition.

The Graduate Nutrition Program engages students in learning, research and discovery, and service to address human needs by promoting nutrition for well-being across the life-span of individuals, families and communities while embracing evidence and ethical-values-based decision-making.

For admission to the Master of Science in Nutrition program, applicants must submit the following:

  • Evidence of an earned Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • GRE score with a minimum score of 143 in the Verbal Reasoning,141 in the Quantitative Reasoning and an Analytical Essay score of 3.
  • Prospective students must meet adequate undergraduate background requirements, including:
    • Chemical Principles with laboratory (8 hours)
    • Organic Chemistry (3 hours)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (4 hours)
    • Statistics (3 hours)
    • Biochemistry (3 hours)

Any undergraduate prerequisites not completed at the time of admission can be taken during the initial semesters of the graduate program. Students should have completed Chemical Principles I and II before applying to the program.

Certain areas of knowledge must be mastered by all nutritionists. Upon review of transcripts a student may be required to satisfactorily complete the following courses of which two courses may be completed as part of the Master of Science degree:

  • NUTR 4460: Community and World Nutrition
  • NUTR 4470: Human Nutrition and Metabolism
  • NUTR 4475: Clinical Nutrition or NUTR 4375: Nutrition Therapy

Students may select a general program or one of the program concentrations, which are designed to enhance your career choices and opportunities. The concentrations are Nutrition Education and Health Promotion and Administration.

UIW also offers a Dietetic Internship, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, and (312) 899-0040, Extension 5400.

Requirements to Receive the Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification Statement

To be eligible to receive the Verification Statement indicating completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Completion of the M.S. in nutrition degree is NOT a requirement for receipt of the AND Verification Statement.