In the Master of Science in Nutrition (MSN) program, you'll gain a solid overview of nutritional science, theory and research. You'll learn to balance a holistic perspective with a rigorous understanding of biochemistry and nutrient metabolism. This innovative program provides a broad education in preventive health and wellness, prepares you to critically evaluate scientific literature, and serves as a firm foundation for future education.
First year coursework encompasses areas such as nutrient metabolism, applied and therapeutic nutrition, research skills, and whole foods. Second year coursework includes community and global perspectives on nutrition, and thesis research.
Priority consideration is given to applicants with the following GPA scores:
Exceptional candidates who do not meet these priority standards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Entering students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university and must complete the following courses:
Chemistry (science-major level with lab) *
*Typical chemistry course progression: General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, Biochemistry. A minimum of one course must include an in-person lab
**If intermediary metabolism is covered in second course of a biochemistry series, both courses must be completed – please contact a MSN advisor for questions.
No grade lower than a C will be accepted for any prerequisite courses. Prerequisite science courses must have been completed within the last 7 years.
Want to take these prerequisite courses with us? Find out more about our Post-Baccalaureate Program.
Want to know which classes fulfill these prerequisites? Check these lists: Course equivalency guides
The curriculum table below lists the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course is the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.) and the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C). Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.
The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science has established the following expected learning outcomes for all Master of Science in Nutrition programs:
Expected learning outcomes specific to the MSN track are:
The attached PDF is the proposed curriculum for students starting in Fall 2019. Please note that changes to the curriculum may still occur before the start of the Fall 2019 academic year. For the 2018-2019 course catalog, click here.
Kenmore, Washington campus
2 years, full-time
The primary purpose of this degree is preparation for advanced doctoral studies in nutrition or other health care-related fields. Graduates may also consider careers in:
See examples of how our graduates use their nutrition degrees.