Master's Programs

Master of Nutrition (Non-Thesis)


A Master of Nutrition (non-thesis option) is recommended for students who wish to expand their knowledge in science of nutrition while developing related useful in jobs in public health, health and wellness promotion firms and departments, and food and pharmaceutical companies that emphasize the nutritional health of their products.

Many students continue for other degrees and certifications in varied allied health fields, or complement prior health and nutrition licenses and certifications for jobs that require a Master degree.

The Master of Nutrition (non-thesis) requires a minimum of 36 credit hours, at least 20 of which must be at the 500 or 700-level. Four to six semester hours of special problems (NTR 624 or NTR 693) are required.

Each program can be completed in 1.5 to 2 years. Part-time enrollment may take longer.

Many, but not all, of our Nutrition courses are offered through Distance Education. These courses, plus electives from other departments, can allow for a totally on-line degree. Further information about Distance Education programs and resources available, such as remote testing and the tuition schedule can be found at

Students in the Master of Nutrition (non-thesis option) can choose from several degree options:

  • Master of Nutrition -Emphasis in Feed Science

As the world economy expands, a growing demand for meat and to efficiently use agricultural byproducts is opening more employment opportunities for graduates of animal feed science programs. The Master of Nutrition- Emphasis in Feed Science program focuses on meeting this need through an emphasis on animal nutrition.

  • Master of Nutrition-Emphasis in Human Nutrition, Food and Bioprocessing

The Master of Nutrition- Emphasis in Human Nutrition, Food and Bioprocessing can help prepare students for other health careers and jobs in industry, government, and non-profit organizations.

  • Professional Science Master of Nutrition- Feed Science Emphasis

The Professional Science Master of Nutrition-Feed Science emphasis will encompass nutrition and business with an emphasis on field experience.  Students will be given the opportunity to work in North Carolina State University’€™s new state-of-the-art feed mill, work in a laboratory, or complete a project in an industry, government or non-profit organization setting.  Settings can be the student’€™s current employer or internships developed by the student or program.

  • Professional Science Master of Nutrition- Human Nutrition Emphasis

Upon completion of the Professional Science Master of Nutrition with a Human Nutrition emphasis, graduates possess a broad knowledge of nutrition science and related fields, and the management of this field, and are capable of effectively communicating scientific information.

NOTE: North Carolina State University does not offer the Certification in Didactic Program in Dietetics for students seeking to become a Registered Dietitian.

Admission Process

To be considered for admission, you should:

  • Hold a B.S degree in a science-related area, including course work in biology and organic chemistry;
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Score at or above the 30th percentile in all categories on the GRE; and
  • Have a TOFLE score of 80 or higher and/or IELTS of 6.5 or higher (for international students only).

**NOTE: We recommend higher scores to increase competitiveness within the program.

When you apply for a Master of Nutrition (non-thesis option), you need to:

  • Choose your program (Traditional or Distance Education); and
  • Choose your emphasis:
    • Master of Nutrition (non-thesis);
    • Professional Science Master of Nutrition-Human Nutrition Emphasis; or
    • Professional Science Master of Nutrition-Feed Science Emphasis).

The Nutrition program is an interdepartmental program, including the:

  • Department of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences;
  • Department of Animal Science;
  • Department of Poultry Science; and the
  • College of Veterinary Medicine.

If you are accepted into any of the Master of Nutrition programs, the graduate coordinator Dr. Jon Allen will be your default faculty adviser. However, you may request to change your faculty adviser to any faculty member housed in one of these departments.

Nutrition Graduate Handbook

Review our guide to the nutrition graduate programs:

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“Choosing the Masters of Nutrition program here at North Carolina State University was one of the best choices I could have made for my career path. NC State was able to offer classes in both the science and community aspects of Nutrition, which helped me gain perspectives in different fields of Nutrition that I did not realize existed. One of my favorite classes that I attended here as a Graduate Student was NTR 419: Human Nutrition and Chronic Disease. This class gave me an insight into the medical nutrition field and how this field can be used in the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic disease states. It was an eye opening class and the professor, Dr. Ash, was amazing. She made the class was both challenging and enjoyable. My experience here at NC State is one I will never forget and I am proud to call this institution my Alma Mater.  – RJ Srinath, ’15


Over the course of my graduate career, I had the opportunity to work in a private practice setting that focused on counseling patients on nutrition education to help them reach their health goals. Dr. Suzie Goodell recommended this opportunity to me, which served as my graduate internship for my Masters of Nutrition program. I found this experience to be extremely interesting, rewarding, and pleasurable. I was able to apply my nutritional knowledge, as well as the knowledge I have gained from the graduate business and communication courses I have taken through the Professional Master’s Program. – Hiba El-Kara, ’13


Having graduated with an undergraduate degree from NC State, I enrolled in the Masters of Nutrition Program. The faculty, staff and students in the FBNS department could not be more welcoming and such a pleasure to work with. During my masters research and through my exposure with area preschools, particularly with low-economic areas, I saw a real connection between obesity and poverty. The lack of nutrition education and healthcare in these populations was concerning to me, and this experience led me to apply to medical school.  In the future I plan to link my passion for nutrition with a desire to pursue a medical career.  – Alice Raad, ’12