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Master of Science in Nutrition

The Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics, including opportunities in research, clinical nutrition, community nutrition and public health. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of faculty in the Nutrition Program, Exercise Science Program, Health Education Program and Public Health Program as well as health care professionals at UNM, the Prevention Research Center and other UNM Health Sciences sites. Course work includes gaining a deeper understanding of a variety of different areas including medical nutrition therapy, research methods, longevity, maternal and child nutrition, eating disorders, and weight management.

The MS in Nutrition offers two options or Plans: Thesis (Plan I) and Publishable Paper (Plan II). Upon admission to the MS program, you will be assigned an advisor who will assist you in selecting the most appropriate option and courses that are individualized according to your specific goals. The Thesis and Publishable Paper options consist of 36 credit hours and both options allow students to select several electives to enhance their educational and career goals. These electives may be graduate level courses taken in Nutrition, Public Health, Exercise Science, Health Education, Biostatistics, and Educational Psychology.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: February 1
Spring Semester: September 15

Degree Program: Nutrition
Degree: M.S.
Program Code: MS-NUTR

Department: Individual, Family and Community Education
Program: Nutrition and Dietetics

Program Information

Application Requirements

  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition or closely related undergraduate degree (exercise science, public health). If the degree is not in nutrition or dietetics, students may be required to complete a post baccalaureate degree in Nutrition.
  • 3.2 Undergraduate GPA
  • Letter of Intent

Application and Admissions

Dietetic Internship

The MS in Nutrition Program is a partner of the Dietetic Internship (DI) which is an ACEND/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited program. Graduate students who have successfully completed the DI will have earned 21 graduate credit hours, all of which may be applied to the MS in Nutrition Program. Students are strongly encouraged to continue their education and finish the MS in Nutrition degree.

Successful completion of the MS in Nutrition degree does not guarantee placement or acceptance into a dietetic internship. Applying to the DI and to the MS in Nutrition are two separate application processes and acceptance into one does not guarantee acceptance into the other.


A limited number of Assistantship positions including Graduate Assistantships (GA), Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Grader positions are available to UNM Graduate Students including Nutrition, Health Education, Exercise Physiology and Public Health students. Graduate students outside the Nutrition MS Program will be considered on a case-by-case basis for GA, TA or Grader positions. Applicants must have completed at least one active semester as a UNM Graduate Student to be eligible to apply.

After being accepted as a graduate student, students may apply for positions in the fall semester for spring positions and in the spring for fall positions. Requests for applications are sent out mid-semester on the Nutrition Graduate Listserv. If a graduate student is not in the Nutrition MS Program, you will need to contact the Nutrition Program Coordinator to obtain a copy of the Assistantship Application.

Assistantship (GA, Grader) positions include assisting the instructor of a course with teaching, grading and/or other course activities; TA positions include teaching an entire freshman/sophomore level nutrition course (NUTR 1110, NUTR 2110); Grader positions consist of grading for a sophomore or junior level course (NUTR 2110, NUTR 344, NUTR 345) or serving as a food science lab assistant (NUTR 330L). Students who are selected must also register for 6 hours of graduate credit the same semester in which they are a GA, TA or Grader. All students who apply for an Assistantship position should indicate the specific position of interest (GA, Grader, TA) in their Letter of Intent. Please feel free to contact the Nutrition Program Coordinator if you have specific questions regarding this process.

Visit UNM’s Assistantships website.