Post-Baccalaureate in Nutrition


The post-baccalaureate in nutrition program allows students with non-science backgrounds or students missing a significant number of classes to complete the necessary prerequisites for the Master of Science in Nutrition program. Students are allowed to take only the courses they need through the post-bacc program and are not required to complete the full year-long program if they have completed some of the courses previously. 

Students interested in applying to the post-bacc nutrition program should apply online by selecting the Master of Science in Nutrition Post-Baccalaureate from the graduate degree menu in the online application.


Kenmore, Washington campus

General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Complete the required prerequisites.
  • Must meet standards of satisfactory progress and minimum standards of admissibility for the degree program for which they wish to matriculate.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status

Admissions into the post-bacc program does not guarantee admissions into the master's program.

Length of Program

Must be completed within 1 year. See the full program description and timeline (pdf).

Tuition and Financial Aid

NOTE: Admission to any of the master of science in nutrition programs is a separate process and will take place during your year in the post-bacc program. Enrolled post-bacc students will follow the standard master of science in nutrition process, with the exception of the submission of official transcripts. Contact admissions or email if you have questions.


A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and:

General Chemistry with lab*2 courses (science-major level)
Intro to Biology with lab1 course
College Algebra1 course (or placement exam)

* Students can take General Chemistry I and II during the summer at Bastyr University prior to the post-bacc year.  The prerequisite to this series is Introduction to Chemistry


Students must maintain a B average to remain in good standing in the program. However, the MSN/DPD program is more competitive and students will need to achieve a higher prerequisite GPA.

  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Anatomy and Physiology Series 1 - 3
  • Biochemistry 1 - 2
  • Intro to Nutrition (online)
  • Microbiology
  • Developmental Psychology (MSN/MACP and DPD students only)
  • Whole Foods Production (graduate level) While post-bac students may take Whole Foods Production and elective credits towards the master's degree, they may not take any other MSN core curriculum classes.

Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.

Kenmore Campus Location

The 51-acre Bastyr University campus, nestled among fields and woodlands on the northeast shore of Lake Washington, is uniquely suited for the study of natural health sciences.
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