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Master of Science in Nutrition Education

Help Others Make Healthier Food Choices

Nutrition-related issues have never been more critical to our nation's health than they are today. Whether the discussion is about organic farming, food deserts, nutrition labels, food insecurity, or our nation's obesity epidemic, people crave consumer-friendly, relevant and accurate information about nutritional health and the food we eat.

In fact, five out of 10 chronic illnesses in the U.S. today are nutrition-related. With a master's in nutrition, you can help combat misinformation and empower people in your community and beyond to make healthier food choices and improve their quality of life.

The online Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition Education from American University is a unique graduate program that focuses on both the science of nutrition as well as the educational strategies necessary to impact behavior change at the individual, community, and population level. The advanced degree gives you the knowledge and skills to turn your passion into a life-long career in nutrition education helping better the lives of others while strengthening the community around you.

Accepted applicants to the online masters program in nutrition education may be eligible for scholarship opportunities. Request more information to learn more.

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ANASTASIA SNELLING: When the light bulb goes off and students begin to understand the difference between fact and fiction. Everybody across the United States and across the world has to eat multiple times a day, and there's a lot of factors that influences the foods that we eat. It might be taste. It may be cost. It might be availability. It just might be an emotional attachment.

And somehow, when students start to learn these facts about nutrition and start to be able to decipher that the claim that they saw on a food product isn't telling all the truth, or there is more behind what that claim has to say and they can decipher between the fact and fiction or fact and advertising, they are then ready to go out and start to teach nutrition education.


Earn Your Degree in 20 Months!

Delivered through an innovative online platform, you'll gain focused theoretical and practical training in the field of nutrition. This exclusive online nutrition degree program couples nutrition science and behavioral change strategies. Students graduate ready to:

  • share their scientific knowledge in nutrition, consistent with health recommendations; with populations of different ages; genders; and cultures
  • design and implement nutrition education programs in corporations, government organizations, schools, and universities
  • use communication strategies such as social marketing and consumer-friendly health writing to communicate to the public and advocate for nutritional health
  • design studies and utilize research methods in order to analyze the relationship between nutrition and disease
  • develop programming and intervention skills related to nutrition
  • understand scientific principles of nutrition with education and program planning for improved health and nutrition behavior

"Our graduate census shows that 93 percent of our master's graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) were employed within six months of graduation." - American University

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for this field is expected to grow 16 percent from 2014-2024, much faster than average.* Because it does not require a bachelor's degree in Nutrition, this online MS in Nutrition Education program is an excellent option for career changes who are passionate about nutrition. As one of only a few nutrition master's programs focused on nutrition education, the program is also ideal for students with a specific passion for using nutrition to better the lives of others.

Nutrition Education from Top Experts

Our program is taught by an experienced and committed faculty who:

  • are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • hold positions as fellows in the American College of Nutrition
  • conduct and publish research on the impact of nutrition on chronic disease risk factors, length and quality of life, obesity prevention, and other topics
  • have been published in the Journal of Nutrition and other leading journals
  • are recognized experts on nutrition topics who are regularly featured on top news outlets such as CBS News, C-Span, Washington Journal and others
  • have experience as leaders of community gardening and nutrition education programs in their own communities

Reach Your Nutrition Career Goals Through a Dedicated Network

Faculty, students, and alumni in the online Master’s in Nutrition Education program are dedicated to helping you reach your education and career goals through ongoing mentorship, education and networking opportunities. Offerings include:

  • Mentorship Program: Halfway through the online graduate program, you will be matched with a faculty mentor who will be available to work with you on resume development, job search navigation, and making connections based on location and professional interests. Faculty mentors also serve as a valuable resource for any program and course-related items.
  • Student Webinars: Webinars are hosted every semester on popular topics and trends such as Health Literacy in the Federal Government Nutrition Policy, Food Access and Nutrition Education Insights, and Creating and Running an Online Business and Food and Nutrition Writing.
  • Networking Events: Events are available to students local or willing to travel to meet peers, faculty and industry experts.
  • Social Media: Students, alumni and faculty share open dialogue about the program as well as provide information about jobs and industry trends on dedicated Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Accepted applicants to the program may be eligible for the Online Merit Scholarship. Review eligibility requirements here.

Learn more about the online Master's in Nutrition Education degree at our Virtual Open House from Dr. Anastasia Snelling, Program Director and Chair of the Department of Health Studies.

Prepare for Certification

This online degree program provides a stepping stone to the Certified Nutrition Specialist®™ credential. Additional coursework in clinical nutrition, bio/life sciences, and biochemistry, beyond what is included in this program, as well as supervised practice experience, are necessary for CNS® eligibility.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed at

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