Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • The chance to learn alongside classmates from a wide variety of educational, cultural, and professional backgrounds
  • Flexible self-designed path of study based on your interests
  • Practical experiential learning that complements traditional in-class academic learning through internships
  • Access to leading experts and researchers in nutrition, economics, statistics, public policy, and beyond
  • The convenience of online learning combined with the impact of in-person networking and collaboration in Boston
  • A collegial environment in which students are considered, and treated as, future colleagues


The year that eligibility to become a registered dietitian changes from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree


Become part of an elite group of more than 2,200 Friedman School alums


The number of master’s and doctoral students currently enrolled at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Join a Passionate Community of Students

Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Make a Difference from Day One

  • Participate in innovative research and faculty-led projects that lead to real, meaningful advances for children and their families.
  • Put theory into practice at renowned teaching hospitals, clinics, schools, child-focused technology and media centers, juvenile justice facilities, and other Boston institutions.
  • Gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to take on high-impact roles after graduation and help drive community change.

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Nutrition Science and Policy

Experience the freedom of online learning, paired with the vibrancy of on-campus interactions. It's your education, designed around your lifestyle.


Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Spring 2025


Summer: March 15th

Fall: April 15th

Spring: November 15th

No GRE required

Master's program:

Certificate program:

October 15, 2023 for spring 2024
February 15, 2024 for fall 2024

October 15, 2024 for spring 2024
May 15, 2024 for fall 2024

No GRE required

Online + On Campus

The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy (MNSP) degree program is designed for health professionals, career-changers, and recent graduates who are passionate about nutrition and who seek a world-class program without having to disrupt their life or career.


“I feel so thankful that this is the school and the program I ended up in. I have felt so supported by the faculty, who go above and beyond to encourage our interests and help create opportunities for growth. In each course I’ve taken thus far, my foundation of developmental theory has strengthened, my perspective has broadened, and my goals for the future have become more focused.”

– Name, MA in Child Study and Human Development

Choose Your Path

The MNSP degree is the only nutrition program based in the U.S. that is taught in a combination of on-campus and online learning. Asynchronous online courses allow you to fit your education into your schedule. 1 week of face-to-face time in Boston allows you to build meaningful relationships and networks with your fellow students and faculty. This unique combination gives you the opportunity to maintain your career, live where you choose, and level up in the world of food and nutrition.

You can take as many or as few courses as you’d like. Full-time students can finish in 15 months and part-time students can finish in 2-3 years.

The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum of advanced study in nutrition science, global and U.S. food policy, global nutrition programs, and applied research skills. Students can also choose from a variety of elective courses, tailoring their study to their interests or career objectives.

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GRE General Test scores not required for applicants who will have received a degree from a U.S. or Canadian institution by time of enrollment. GRE scores required for all other applicants.

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About the School

3 billion

The number of people around the world who can’t afford a healthy diet—and whose lives could be positively changed through advancements in nutrition science and policy

The Friedman School pursues cutting-edge, policy-relevant, deeply engaged research and education, focused on nutrition from cell to society, including in molecular nutrition, human metabolism, population studies, clinical trials, data science, agriculture, nutrition interventions, behavior change, communication, food systems and sustainability, global food insecurity, humanitarian crises, and food economics and policy.

We offer partial tuition scholarships to many of our students. Most awards cover 10–30 percent of tuition.

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Where Can You Go From Here? Anywhere You’d Like

The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy program equips you for a future filled with a wide range of career opportunities. For example, those in the area of clinical dietetics often select the MNSP program because the curriculum allows them to engage with urgent nutrition policy issues and pick up new skills such as statistics, epidemiology, and proposal writing. Health science professionals such as physicians, pharmacists, and those in basic laboratory sciences often have never received any training in nutrition, which can be integral for these professionals. Still other students bring a broad background in social science and policy and would like to use this knowledge to effect change in nutrition, but need to learn the basic science of nutrition.

  • Nonprofits, foundations, UNICEF, USAID
  • Hospitals and health centers
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Private- and nonprofit-sector food processing/preparation and marketing institutions
  • Clinical research facilities
  • Food safety field extension bureaus
  • Local universities (instructors in nutrition)
  • City, state, and federal government positions
  • Consulting
  • Some MSNP graduates go on to pursue a Ph.D., M.D., M.B.A.

Career Support and Resources

Our career services center is exclusive to students at the Friedman School and offers training, networking opportunities, internship assistance, and career guidance to both students and alums. The career services team has built an ecosystem of opportunity that will help you get the most out of your master’s degree.

Below are examples of where some MNSP students and graduates have worked:

MNSP professors are experts in their fields, world-renowned researchers, and highly engaged teachers. They include biochemists, registered dietitians, economists, nutrition scientists, statisticians, behavioral scientists, international nutrition program scholars, and policy experts.

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Make a Meaningful Difference in People’s Lives

Students entering the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy come from remarkably diverse backgrounds and go on to pursue careers in education, public relations, government, health care, community-based food and nutrition programs, U.S. and international nongovernmental agencies, and the food industry. The common thread to their divergent paths is a desire—and the ability—to make meaningful differences in the health of individuals, communities, and nations.

Our students tell you why the MNSP program, with its unique blend of online and on-campus learning, is the best of both worlds.