Degree Requirements

Degree candidates must complete the courses listed in the 41-credit curriculum with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average). All degree requirements are to be completed within a 5-year period. To complete the program within 28 months, students must take two courses per term, three terms per year.

All students are required to pass an on campus comprehensive examination approximately 3 months after the completion of all coursework in order to graduate. The exam is held on a Sunday morning, twice annually, on the main campus in Bridgeport, Conn. Travel expenses are the student’s responsibility.

Instructional Format

The M.S. in Human Nutrition is offered in two formats:

  • One-weekend per month On-Campus Weekend Program
  • Online Program delivered through a digital online learning system (Canvas)


Students are required to have completed course work in anatomy and physiology (6 credits), biochemistry (4 credits), and basic nutrition (2 credits). If an applicant has 8 credits of organic chemistry with labs, the biochemistry requirement may be waived at the discretion of the program director.

Please note that transfer credit for core prerequisite courses that have been taken longer than 10 years prior to application will only be accepted at the discretion of the program director and dependent upon current relevant work experience. Students can be provisionally accepted into the program without the prerequisites, but must complete the necessary courses prior to beginning graduate coursework and must achieve a grade of B or above.

Upon provisional acceptance to the program, students will be notified which prerequisite courses are needed, if any. Prerequisite courses can be completed on campus in our weekend only program (two weekends per month), through UB Online or through any accredited institution, but must meet the credit and content requirements of the Nutrition Institute.

Admission Requirements

Students are accepted into the nutrition program from science and non-science backgrounds. Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and all prerequisite course work completed. International students must provide proof of language skills as well as an approved translation of transcripts from universities outside of the U.S. International students will need to present TOEFL scores, IELTS or PTE scores to qualify for application. Please go to Ways to Demonstrate English Language Proficiency.

Students anticipating the need to complete pre-requisite science courses should apply one to two full semesters prior to their desired Master’s program start date. It is recommended to take no more than six credits per semester of pre-requisite courses with UB as our pre-requisite courses are accelerated.

All official undergraduate and any graduate transcripts, and a personal statement are also used to evaluate applicants. The personal statement should be between 250 and 500 words and should explain why the applicant is interested in pursuing education in the field of clinical nutrition, what professional aspiration he/she has related to the field, and what makes them prepared for the academic rigor of this graduate program. GRE scores are not required.


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