Master of Science in Nutrition

Become an expert in nutritional science, theory, and research.

Program Overview

To become a change agent in the nutrition field, you need to be equipped with an authoritative knowledge from a legitimate source. Students in the Master of Science in Nutrition program will explore concepts in nutritional science and theory and learn how to critically evaluate scientific literature.  

Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to turn your passion for food and nutrition into a meaningful career or go on to doctoral level studies.  

Program Length

2 years, full time


$683/credit hour (average)

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Exceptional Learning Environment

Grow your understanding of nutritional concepts and develop your culinary skills in a fully equipped whole-food nutrition kitchen. Choose from organic, local meals at our whole-food Dining Commons. Help maintain the University's Medicinal Herb Garden and its 350 species of herbs and seasonal crops. The garden serves as a laboratory for organic, sustainable and renewable agriculture.

Program Details

Students may take individual, science-based prerequisites as a non-matriculated student. If you wish to discuss taking specific pre-requisites at Bastyr, please contact Admissions. Here is a list of courses offered. 

Prerequisites for the MSN program are as follows: 

  • 3.25 in prerequisite coursework (all classes listed as specific prerequisites) 
  • 3.25 cumulative GPA in science prerequisites with a B or better in Human Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology 
  • 3.0 in nutrition coursework 
  • 3.0 cumulative undergraduate coursework 
  • Entering students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university 

Exceptional candidates who do not meet these standards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Human Physiology or a combined Human Anatomy and Physiology course - 1 course

Organic Chemistry*- 1 course

Biochemistry*- 1 course

Introductory Nutrition - 1 course

General Psychology - 1 course

College Algebra or Statistics - 1 course

Microbiology - 1 course

*Must be science major level and not survey-level with at least one lab in any science class.

Note: Biochemistry course must have been taken within seven years of program start.   

Bastyr accepts graduate and undergraduate transfer credits earned at accredited colleges and universities. Learn what you need to make this process go smoothly.

  • Nutrition writing 
  • Nutrition advocacy work 
  • Public policy 
  • Prevention and wellness 
  • Research and development 
  • Research laboratories as research assistants