Nutrition, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 28 months
  • English (book IELTS)
Our fully accredited online nutrition degree program consists of 41 credit hours of core curriculum courses, and 3 credit hours of an elective course followed by completion of a comprehensive examination, which is given on campus after the completion of courses.


The exam is offered twice annually, once in spring and once in fall. A thesis can be completed as an elective but the comprehensive exam is also required. Online nutrition students will receive their classes via the digital Canvas system and also utilize synchronous learning technology to provide a virtual classroom in selected courses.

Program Overview

The online Master's in Nutrition program supports the acquisition, utilization, and application of nutrition principles in clinical situations. Coursework is designed to assist the student in gaining proficiency in counseling clients/patients in alternative and complementary nutritional therapies. In addition, the program provides an opportunity for medical, chiropractic, and other healthcare providers to expand their practice through knowledge gained from graduate studies in nutrition.

Licensure or certification is available through several individual states or national nutritional organizations. Consult with state health departments or specific organizations for exact eligibility. The program is a graduate-level program and is NOT designed to lead to the registered dietician (R.D.) designation.

The program provides its graduates with a foundation for entering Ph.D. programs in nutrition.

Comprehensive Final Exam

Following completion of the core curriculum, all online students are required to complete a one-day Comprehensive Examination. The exam is held twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring, on the main campus in Bridgeport, CT. Typically, students take the exam during their last semester, simultaneously with their elective (which is not covered on the exam). Travel expenses are the student’s responsibility. Post graduate seminars are offered most exam weekends the day after the comp exam affording online students a unique on campus experience with their classmates and other nutrition professionals. Details on the seminars are provided when registering for the comp exam.


The Human Nutrition Program is licensed and accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Accreditation by The American Dietetic Association is not required, since the Master of Science program is NOT a dietetics training program. It does not include the 900 hours of clinical training required for eligibility to take the registration examination for the R.D. credential.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 28 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Coursework, with a B or better
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II - 6 credits
    • Introduction to Biochemistry - 4 credits or Organic Chemistry I and II - 6 credits
    • Basic Nutrition - 2 credits
  • Application
  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from every school attended
  • Two recommendation letters
    • Letters must be signed and come from employers, professors or professional associates
  • Personal statement
  • In 250 – 500 words, detail why you are seeking this degree, how you expect to apply your degree to your professional career after graduation and why you seek to pursue your degree through the University of Bridgeport

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16415 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16415 USD per year and a duration of 28 months.
  • National Applies to you

    16415 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16415 USD per year and a duration of 28 months.
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