Master of Science in Nutrition Science (MSNS)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
College of Nursing and Health

Viterbo’s Master of Science in Nutrition Science degree program prepares nutrition professionals to be innovative leaders in fields such as disease prevention, health promotion, and nutritional interventions. Program curriculum integrates critical thinking, scientific writing, and evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics, which provides a foundation for students to complete a research project in their specific area of interest or practice. Requirements for graduation include successful completion of 30 credits, including a research defense and presentation of a research project.


Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all coursework, with no individual course grade lower than a C.

Transfer Credit
Individual consideration will be granted in the awarding of transfer credits. Up to six graduate level credits may be transferred into the M.S. in Nutrition Sciences degree, if equivalent. Credits must have been earned from a regionally accredited program, taken within the last five years, have an earned grade of B or better, and be equivalent to the course it is replacing in the requirements at Viterbo. Coursework older than five years may be waived or given credit based on individual review. Students who wish to transfer credits need to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for details on the process. Courses will be evaluated for equivalency and written notification of acceptance of transfer credit will be provided to the student by the director. Transfer credit is only eligible for coursework taken prior to enrollment and petitioned for prior to matriculation.

Learning Outcomes
  • Facilitate inter- and intra-professional teamwork and collaboration.
  • Design, conduct, analyze, and defend research applicable to practice setting.
  • Apply leadership principles to practice positions in nutrition and dietetics.
  • Demonstrate competence in the interpretation and critique of scientific health care literature using an evidence analysis approach; apply and integrate findings into practice settings.
  • Interpret results of a comprehensive nutrition-focused physical assessment relative to nutritional well-being using nutritional diagnostic reasoning and standardized language.

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