M.S. degree program in nutrition
HEGIS code 1306
NYS SED program code 86173

The master of science degree in nutrition provides advanced-level study of nutritional science and clinical nutrition. The program addresses the academic interests of individuals who wish to become nutrition educators, administrators of programs that provide nutritional services, nutritionists in community centers or private practice, researchers, or interpreters of research for the public.

The M.S. program by itself does not lead to the credentials of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or New York State Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN). Students interested in obtaining these credentials may use a number of the courses in the M.S. program, as well as the courses that are prerequisites to the program, toward meeting the requirements of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Admission to the Brooklyn College, graduate level Dietetic Internship is by separate application and is not guaranteed by acceptance to the M.S. program.

Prerequisites for application to the M.S. program can be met by students whose baccalaureate degrees are in fields other than nutrition by taking specified courses. Please contact the graduate deputy chairperson for advisement on prerequisites for the MS program, and the DPD director for advisement concerning the DPD and Dietetic Internship.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Axen, Kathleen Graduate Deputy 718-951-5026 4139 Ingersoll Hall kaxen @ brooklyn.cuny.edu call/email for appointment


Admission Requirements

The program is no longer accepting new applications for Fall 2018 for the following reason: The program has reached enrollment capacity. Please apply for the Spring '19 semester.

Department Health and Nutrition Sciences
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline November 1st - rolling admission
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions: transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php); two letters of recommendation from professors or work supervisors in the field of study; a one-page essay on academic interests and goals. Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
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Matriculation requirements
Applicants must offer undergraduate or graduate courses in general biology, physiology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, nutrition, biochemistry or nutritional chemistry, statistics, and medical nutrition therapy.

General matriculation and admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies are in the section "Admission".

Degree requirements
Thirty to 33 credits are required for the degree.

Students must complete the following required core courses:
Health and Nutrition Sciences 7230X, 7210X, 7211X, 7213X, 7241X, and 7931X. Students must receive a grade of at least B in each of these courses or approval of the Graduate Deputy Chairperson for Nutrition in order to qualify for the comprehensive examination or thesis; courses may be repeated if necessary.

A minimum of 12 additional credits is required. Students may choose among the following courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 7120X, 7183X, 7200X, 7201X, 7212X, 7221X, 7231X, 7232X, 7233X, 7234X, 7240X, 7935X.

Students interested in the Dietetic Internship (DI) accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics must take Health and Nutrition Sciences 7213X, 7240X, 7241X, and one additional graduate course in nutrition before beginning the DI. The DI consists of Health and Nutrition Sciences 7200X, 7201X, 7202X, and 7203X. Separate applications must be made to the DI and to the M.S. program in nutrition.

Students must pass a comprehensive examination or submit a thesis acceptable to the department. Students who choose to write a thesis must complete Health and Nutrition Sciences 7999X. Information about the requirements for the comprehensive examination and thesis is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

Dietetic Internships (DI)
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) at Brooklyn College is a two semester program that provides the supervised practice experience required to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) examination. Students must be enrolled in the M.S. in nutrition program to be eligible for the DI, and they must file a separate application for the DI. Email diprog@brooklyn.cuny.edu for details. The program enables students to apply theory and research to practice in clinical, community, and food service settings, thereby enriching their education and preparing them to make significant contributions to and rapid advancement in the profession.