Tufts University

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Master of Nutrition Science and Policy


419 Boston Ave

Medford, MA 02155

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Program Description: The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy (MNSP)“blended learning” degree program spans the biological aspects of nutrition, the design and impact of nutrition programs, and applied analytical methods used to solve nutrition and lifestyle related problems and challenges. The program is unique in that it focuses on both nutrition science and policy and is taught in a combination of online and on campus learning, making it possible to earn a Tufts University degree while living and working anywhere in the world. Full-time students can complete the program in as few as 16 months, but are able to extend their studies if they choose to take fewer courses each semester. Graduates from the Master of Nutrition Science and Policy program emerge with an understanding of nutrition science and policy, the skills needed to analyze and communicate nutrition-based research, and the ability to apply their learning to solve nutrition and lifestyle-related challenges. Unlike fully-online programs, MNSP students come together with Tufts faculty once a semester for approximately one week for interactive course work, lectures, seminars, and collaboration with their classmates. The residency sessions give students the opportunity to meet fellow students, interact with faculty, and to become fully immersed in the experience of attending Tufts University. Students also experience essential hands-on learning that cannot be taught in an online environment. Students get the best of both worlds in the blended learning format: the flexibility and on-demand access inherent to online courses, and the opportunity to engage with faculty. The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy degree program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum of advanced study in nutrition science, global and US food policy, global nutrition programs, statistics, applied research skills, plus a two-course concentration area selected by the student. Students will complete ten credits of coursework consisting of seven core courses, two electives and a one-credit research or project-based thesis. The MNSP degree program shares the same faculty and curriculum as Friedman’s residential Boston-based programs.


Tufts University as a whole is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) which serves the public and the educational community by establishing and maintaining high standards of educational excellence through self-evaluation and peer review. Schools and colleges which demonstrate that they meet these standards are accredited and thus become members of the Association.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 3764 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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