Nutrition and Health Sciences (MS)


Nutrition and Health Sciences, MS

On Campus 30 - 36 cr

The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences offers graduate degrees within Research Areas and Professional Specializations that are driven by the graduate faculty.


The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences is internationally recognized for its research, teaching, and outreach programs. Our classrooms and research laboratories are state-of-the-art and every graduate student is matched with an advisor whose expertise matches the student's career interests.

Our Department offers research-based degrees in several diverse areas of study: Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (Ph.D., M.S.); Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (Ph.D., M.S.); Exercise Physiology (Ph.D.); Food Literacy, Quality and Safety (Ph.D., M.S.); and Hospitality Management (M.S.). In addition, students can earn a non-research master's degree (M.S. without thesis) in Dietetics (RD required); Nutrition and Exercise; or Community Nutrition and Health Promotion.

Because of the diversity of degree programs offered through the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and the Nutrition Interdepartmental program, students are encouraged to refer to the Nutrition and Health Sciences website to learn more about areas of study and degree programs, admission requirements, and step-by-step instructions on how to apply.


  1. Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
  2. Community Nutrition & Health Promotion
  3. Dietetics (Online)
  4. Hospitality Management
    • On Campus

    The focus of the Hospitality Management specialization is unique in Nebraska. No other department in the NU system proposes the same specialization. This specialization will provide students with the unique opportunity to develop expertise in an area of growing need both within and outside the state of Nebraska.

    Required Courses
    Number Course Title Credits
    HRTM 883 Hospitality Finance 3
    HRTM 881 Legal Environment in Hospitality Management 3
    HRTM 876 Internship in Hospitality Management 3
    Elective Courses
    Select one of the following courses.
    Number Course Title Credits
    HRTM 874 Food and Beverage Management 3
    HRTM 875 Club Management 3
    HRTM 880 Advanced Tourism 3
    HRTM 885 Advanced Lodging Operations 3
    HRTM 889 Advanced Event Operations 3
  5. Nutrition and Exercise
  6. Professional Studies in Dietetics

Graduate Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • One set of transcripts.
  • If International: upload copies of all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certificates, diplomas, and degrees plus certified English translations.

    * Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certified records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certified copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.

  • If the student’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.

    * When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed

  • If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
  • Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.

Major Admission Requirements

  • Three recommendation letters
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement:  This statement is one of the most critical parts of your application. This is your opportunity to tell us about your personal and professional goals, why you desire a graduate degree in this area, and anything else that provides the Graduate Committee with a glimpse of "who you are." Demonstrate to the Graduate Committee that your goals have been well thought out and that you understand what you are getting into. If you have job and/or volunteer experience that is relevant to your academic pursuits, be sure to provide details. It is helpful to highlight your strengths, although you should also address any weaknesses (such as poor grades or low GRE scores) and describe how that will affect your success as a graduate student. If you believe there are extenuating circumstances that have hindered your academic progress, you should describe them in enough detail to help the Graduate Committee judge your application. (1-2 pages)
  • Faculty: Identify at least one (max 3) graduate faculty members with whom you are applying to work. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact graduate faculty members before applying, as those who do not secure an advisor will be denied.

Admission Deadlines

For financial consideration: March 15 for Fall. October 15 for Spring.

Graduate Chair

Heather Rasmussen

Support Staff

Morgan Harris

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