The Master of Science program prepares graduates for careers in research, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and nutrition education, or for doctoral studies in nutrition. The Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition provides advanced nutrition competencies and skills for application in clinical, research, and community settings.
The M.S. program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. The M.S. thesis option is designed for students who are interested in pursuing research or an advanced degree. Students wishing to continue on in a Ph.D. program should follow the thesis option. After they enroll into the program, candidates who elect the M.S. thesis option must identify a graduate faculty to support their theses based on mutual research interest and must meet the requirements for a thesis, including pursuit of original research.
The M.S. non-thesis option is designed for students who are not interested in pursuing research. Instead, students take additional courses.
The Nutrition Department also offers a non-thesis M.S./DPD option, which is designed for students who are not interested in pursuing research but wish to become a Registered Dietitian (RDN). Such students will complete coursework, as well as additional dietetics classes, as required by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All graduate DPD students will earn their Verification Statement through the undergraduate DPD program.
For more information on this option please click on the Information for Graduate Students Interested in Becoming a Registered Dietitian (RDN) tab below.
For more information on the Didactic Program in Dietetics at UMass Amherst please go to the DPD webpage: