Master of Science in Nutrition / Program Overview

MSN students in food lab

Program Values

The Meredith M.S. in Nutrition  is dedicated to a set of core values that reflect standards of knowledge and practice in the field of nutrition, and a belief in the role of quality food to influence health and enrich lives. These values serve as the guiding curricular and co-curricular elements of the program:

  • Academic excellence: promoting scholarship, curiosity, intellectual rigor, and integrity.
  • Advocacy: encouraging sound nutrition and optimum health through engagement and support of people and programs dedicated to the profession.
  • Professional development: advancing opportunities and participation in the field of food and nutrition, and setting the foundation for life-long growth and involvement in the profession.
  • Quality food: fostering an appreciation for high quality, whole, nourishing food and its contribution to the quality of life.
  • Sustainability: supporting food production and distribution systems that are environmentally sound and promote an equitable and just food supply.

Program Goals

The candidate will:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge base on core topics in nutrition
  • Identify and discriminate among the different methods of inquiry in the field of nutrition
  • Develop cognitive skills to analyze and propose solutions to complex issues in the field
  • Locate and evaluate professional literature and current findings in the field
  • Develop skills to effectively communicate topics and issues in the field of nutrition to lay and professional groups


The Meredith curriculum offers two concentrations or tracks  to obtain the M.S. in Nutrition. The Food & Nutrition Studies Track and the Didactic Program in Didactics (MS/DPD) track. The core curriculum for each provides advanced study and training in the research process, analysis of current findings, skills to communicate nutrition concepts to others, and an understanding of the function of food and nutrients in humans.

  • Master of Science in Nutrition: Food & Nutrition Studies Track - designed for the non-traditional student in search of their passion for nutrition and ready for a career change. Also suitable for already existing Registered Dietitians in need of an advanced degree.  The Food & Nutrition Studies Track offers comprehensive curricula with a wide variety of electives comprising of nutrition education, food security, sustainable food systems, contemporary research, food system management and more.
  • Master of Science in Nutrition: Didactic Program in Dietetics Track (MS/DPD Track) - designed for students holding an undergraduate degree in nutrition or a science-related field, with a dream of being a Registered Dietitian. Upon successful completion of the MS/DPD track, students will earn a Master's degree, along with a DPD Verification Statement to apply to a Dietetic Internship at an ACEND accredited institution. The MS/DPD track may also be available to those students with a non-science undergraduate degree, granted they take the necessary pre-requisiste coursework prior to applying.


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Strong Story | Chris Newport

Chris Newport, ’11, earned her Master of Science in Nutrition at Meredith College after completing Meredith's Dietetic Internship program and becoming a Registered Dietitian. As the owner of a sports nutrition and endurance coaching company, Chris pursued her master’s degree in order to more effectively serve her clients and help them reach their fitness goals.


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