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Master of Professional Studies in
Nutritional Sciences

Program Summary

Enhance your leadership skills and prepare for evidence-based advanced practice in the field of nutrition. This online nutrition degree program is designed for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) or professionals with a nutrition-related undergraduate degree.

How To Apply
Apply by November 15 to start January 10

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

30-39 Credits $950 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Online Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences

The role of nutrition and the decisions we make about the foods we eat have a critical impact on our quality of life and risk of chronic disease. As concern grows regarding the high incidence of obesity and other diseases caused by poor nutrition in various populations, there is an urgent demand for professionals who are proficient in the use of evidence-based strategies to improve health and optimize quality of life.

This master's degree in nutritional sciences is designed to help prepare you for evidence-based advanced practice. Our online program features a curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and interactive technology to engage you in the learning process. The course work, focused on the development of leadership skills, can set you apart from your peers.

Earn Your Penn State Nutrition Master's Degree

The unique focus of Penn State's online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences program gives you the opportunity to learn from expert faculty who are leaders in the field. The Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State has, in addition to its highly respected, accredited undergraduate program, a dietetic internship and graduate program ranked in the top-tier, compared to peer institutions.

This online professional master's degree is designed for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) who are interested in enhancing their careers and advancing their skills, or for students who hold an undergraduate degree in a nutrition-related field.

As a complement to the challenging but rewarding nutrition curriculum, the online courses provide you with the flexibility and convenience to study around your own schedule without sacrificing quality. You can skip the commute and prepare for more rewarding career opportunities without leaving the comfort of your home.

One Degree. Two Pathways.

When you apply to the MPS in Nutritional Sciences, you can choose to complete the master’s degree with or without an optional Experiential Track. This Experiential Track, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), requires an in-residence component for three semesters and may lead to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.

Your Online Courses in the Nutritional Sciences Master's Degree

Our curriculum has been developed to create a skill set that you can apply directly to your experiences and issues in the workplace. The courses in our online nutrition program are based on a student-centered, highly interactive learning model. We use diverse, innovative teaching and learning methods that consider various learning styles and can help you tailor your education to your career needs. Many of our teaching methods, such as simulation and gaming, make learning exciting and meaningful in real-life work settings.

Throughout the program, you will focus on evaluating the latest research, translating it to best practices in diverse practice settings, and becoming a leader in collaboration with other health care professionals and in the field of nutrition.

The program also includes a meaningful capstone project in which you will identify an issue or problem in your work setting and produce and implement an evidence-based solution. This culminating experience will build on a leadership-focused skill set that can advance your practice.

Penn State nutrition graduates occupy positions in academia, government, the private sector, and professional societies and organizations. As a graduate of this program, you could be well prepared for employment in many nutrition practice settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • clinics and outpatient care centers
  • medical group practices
  • federal, state, and public health agencies
  • the food industry
  • nutritional consultation services
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