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Master of Professional Studies in Nutritional Sciences



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Masters in Nutritional Sciences

Format: Online

Program Description:

Penn State’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Nutritional Sciences is an online professional master’s degree is designed for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) who are interested in enhancing their careers and advancing their skills, or for non-registered dietitians who hold an undergraduate degree in a nutrition-related field.

The program highlights the advanced professional practice of nutrition and dietetics. Assignments throughout the courses are directly applicable to real-life work experiences, and you will be taught by faculty from Penn State’s Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Health and Human Development, known globally for their leading-edge food and nutrition research and practice. As you progress through the curriculum, you will enhance your critical thinking and problem-solving skills that you can apply immediately to your current work environment.

With our online learning format, you can study whenever and wherever it suits you, giving you the flexibility to continue working at your current job while you earn a high-quality Penn State degree. And you will have access to members of our student support services who are vested in your success—just as they are for our students on campus.


Through the use of innovative and engaging teaching strategies, the curriculum in Penn State’s online MPS in Nutritional Sciences is designed to position you for career success and leadership in today’s health and wellness sector.

Your course work will cover topics such as:

  • Advanced Clinical Nutrition
  • Advanced Community Nutrition and Education
  • Advanced Nutrient Metabolism
  • Advanced Nutrition Counseling
  • Applied Statistics
  • Leadership Concepts and Application for the Nutrition Profession
  • Leadership in the Nutrition Profession
  • Nutritional Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Research Methods

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to learn valuable communication and organizational skills necessary for working with individual clients and the community, as well as leading other professionals on cross-functional health care teams.

During the program, you will also complete a capstone project in which you can gain applicable experience in identifying evidence-based solutions to improve nutrition practice. This interactive experience will be tailored to your unique experiences and professional goals to address a real-life workplace problem or issue.

Career Opportunities

Due to an increased understanding about how nutrition and diet play an integral role in human health, the demand will continue to grow for professionals with the skill set needed to enact positive, healthy-living changes at both the individual and community levels. Greater access to health care, an aging population, and a focus on preventive medicine have also helped increase the job opportunities in the nutrition field.

This Nutritional Sciences Master’s Degree program will help you acquire knowledge, gain leadership skills, evaluate scientific evidence–based research, and translate these findings in different professional settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • clinics and outpatient care centers
  • medical group practices
  • federal, state, and public health agencies
  • the food industry
  • nutritional consultation services

And as a Penn State student, you will create connections with a dynamic network of other students, faculty, and alumni that can open the door to positions and employers you might have never considered.


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Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $853 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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