Online Degree Requirements

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 five 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 a comprehensive examination at the completion of all coursework in order to graduate.  The exam is held twice a year on a Saturday morning, once in the Fall and once in the Spring, on the main campus in Bridgeport, CT.  Travel expenses are the student’s responsibility.

Instructional Format

The M.S. in Human Nutrition is offered in its entirety online.

The courses are designed to be learner-centered in terms of scheduling, duration, learning materials, assignments, and interaction between faculty and students and among students. The online interaction is designed to encourage thoughtful and well-prepared discussions based on both the student’s command of the coursework and their personal nutrition experience.

Courses can be accessed at anytime from anywhere. Interaction with professors and other students is done through email and an online discussion board. Participation multiple times per week for each class is expected. Weekly assignments are given with submission dates. Exams are timed.

Core Curriculum

Program start dates of Spring and Fall only.  Please note courses must be taken in sequential order.


  • Nutr 560A Pathophysiologic Basis of Metabolic Diseases (4 credits)
  • Nutr 560B Biochemistry of Nutrition (4 credits)


  • Nutr 560C Vitamins and Minerals (3 credits)
  • Nutr 560E Assessment of Nutritional Status (3 credits)


  • Nutr 560D Clinical Biochemistry (3 credits)
  • Nutr 560G Lifelong Healing w/Food (4 credits)


  • Nutr 560H Developmental Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Nutr 560I Func. Medicine /Nutrition (3 credits)


  • Nutr 560F Nutritional Therapeutics (4 credits)
  • Nutr 560M Evidence Based Nutrition (3 credits) This course must be taken in on-line format for all students.


  • Nutr 560K Virtual Clinic (4 credits)  This course must be taken in on-line format for all students.
  • Nutr 560P Botanical Medicine (3 credits)

Courses can be taken one at a time, however there may be semesters where the next course in sequence is not available. For help selecting courses, students should contact the Nutrition Institute.

Elective Courses 3 credits each

Electives optional for MS students
2 electives required for dual degree N.D. and D.C.

  • Nutr 560J Thesis Research in Nutrition (3 credits)
  • Nutr 560L Nutrition and Exercise (3 credits)
  • Nutr 560T, Nutrition and Autism (3 credits)
  • Nutr 560Q, Nutrition and Cancer (3 credits)

Contact Information

For more information please contact:

Terri Roma
Program Coordinator

Karen Siclare
Associate Director