The Masters of Science in Nutrition provides further depth for the individual who has completed a Bachelor's in Nutrition and the dietitian, nurse, physician, etc. seeking to enhance their skills and credentials.


The program is also chosen by people who have completed Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines and wish to earn credentials to practice nutrition and/or desire to improve personal knowledge in this field. Students completing the Master's have also used the degree as a step toward further academic work as the PhD, MD, JD, and MBA.

Note (1) Since the MS in Nutrition is a degree awarded by the School of Graduate Studies, prospective students must apply online through Hobsons (again via the School of Graduate Studies), pay the fee and submit the letters of recommendation.

School of Graduate Studies | Prospective Students: Admissions

Note (2) Prospective students will have to mail their official transcripts, resume, 1- to 2-page statement of career goals and why you are interested in our program to:

Pamela Woodruff - Graduate Studies Coordinator
Department of Nutrition
10900 Euclid Avenue
School of Medicine | Room WG 48
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH 44106-4954

If you have other questions regarding the admission's process, you can email Pamela Woodruff at or call (216) 368-2440.


This degree offers two (2) options:

  1. For those pursuing the THESIS OPTION - 30 semester hours of a planned program of study are required, including 6 to 9 semester hours of research, as well as a final oral defense of the thesis.

  2. For those pursuing the NON-THESIS OPTION - 27 semester hours of a planned program of study and a final written, comprehensive examination are required. Read more on this option [download PDF].

Students applying for the M.S. must have completed appropriate courseworks in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry.   During the program, all MS students are required to take 15-semester hours of nutrition, including 6 hours of advance human nutrition science.

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue complimentary studies in the biomedical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, or management. The plan of study may vary considerably depending upon the education, goals, and specific interests of each student.

The individual program may also be planned to fulfill the academic requirements for the dietetic registration and membership in the American Dietetic Association.

Please direct all questions to: