Nutrition Graduate Programs

  • Agriculture, Food and Environment (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Nutrition Epidemiology and Data Science (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Humanitarian Assistance (M.A.)
  • Nutrition Science and Policy (MNSP)
  • Master of Science/Dietetic Internship (M.S./D.I.)
  • Developing Healthy Communities (Certificate)
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (Certificate)
  • Nutrition Science for Health Professionals (Certificate)
  • Nutrition Science for Communications Professionals (Certificate)
  • Global Nutrition Programming (Certificate)
  • Nutrition Industry Professionals and Entrepreneurs (Certificate)


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 2,200+ Friedman School alums


The year that the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University was established to tackle the world’s most important issues in food and nutrition

Build a personalized path of study at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy–the only graduate nutrition school in the country—located in the heart of Boston, a hub for biological and health sciences.

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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Friedman School of Nutrition Graduate Programs



Fall: January 15
Spring: October 15

MNSP (hybrid)
Spring: November 15
Summer: March 15
Fall: April 15

*Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, but applying to M.S. programs by priority deadlines increases your chance for scholarship consideration.


Students are typically admitted on a rolling basis.
Accepting applications for fall 2024 until March 1, 2024.

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

At Friedman, a personalized learning experience is our priority. Flexibility is built into our highly customizable pathways and is key to our mission. Our learning paths include:


“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

Dedicated Career Services Center

The Ellie Block and Family Career Services Center offers dedicated career coaching, opportunities, and a full array of career development resources to Friedman students. The center provides support at every stage of career planning and development. Highlights include:

  • Access to an engaged Friedman alum group for mentorship and guidance
  • Networking opportunities in the field
  • Job-focused workshops and resources

For International Applicants

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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

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. About 50 percent of students receive some assistance. Most awards cover 10–30 percent of tuition.

Financial Aid at the Friedman School

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

Friedman faculty are world-renowned researchers, highly engaged teachers, and deeply involved in policy and program implementation around the globe. In the classroom, you can expect:

Grow Your Network with Distinguished Faculty

  • Small class sizes for a personalized learning experience
  • One-on-one academic advising with faculty, based on your interests
  • A collegial environment in which students are considered, and treated as, future colleagues

Learn more about research areas and opportunities—as well as the program’s wide-reaching impact—from our distinguished faculty.


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

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

  • Part-time or full-time options
  • A hybrid master’s program option
  • Flexible course selection
  • Access to Boston’s esteemed network of graduate universities

Flexible Learning Paths

Create Real-World Impact

We encourage our students to build a more equitable food environment for communities—and they don’t have to wait until they graduate to do it. Students have:

  • Options to integrate internships and experiential learning into the curriculum plan to gain real-world experience
  • Opportunities to work with faculty through an individualized research practicum, directed studies, a thesis project, and potential collaboration in faculty research
  • Access to a large array of meaningful volunteer opportunities

Consider A Dual Degree

  • Master of Science in Nutrition + Didactic Program in Dietetics in partnership with Simmons University
  • Master of Science in Nutrition + Master of Public Health in partnership with Tufts School of Medicine
  • Master of Science + Master of Arts in partnership with the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Master of Science + Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy in partnership with The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Students can earn their Master of Science in Nutrition and their Master of Arts in select programs that span diverse areas of learning. We partner with prestigious local higher learning institutions, including Boston College, Simmons University, and other schools and departments at Tufts University to create unique joint and combined degree programs:

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

  • Cargill
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Famine Early Warning Systems Network
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • General Mills
  • Mass General Brigham
  • Mathematica
  • Mercy Corps
  • Ocean Spray
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • USDA

Friedman alums work at prestigious companies and organizations around the globe, including but not limited to:

Our students will graduate with the necessary analytical, technical, and communication skills required for leadership roles in research development, academia, industry, and both government and nongovernmental organizations.

Job titles for our recent graduates include:

  • Associate Director
  • Associate Principal Scientist
  • Associate Vice President, Research and Development
  • Chief R&D Officer
  • Consulting Associate
  • Consumer and Marketing Intelligence Associate
  • Corporate Engagement
  • Director of Research, Food Assistance
  • Food Security Analyst
  • Innovation Analyst
  • Nutrition Officer
  • Program Manager
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Senior Food Technologist
  • Senior Manager
  • Senior Policy Scientist
  • Senior Regulatory Scientist
  • Sustainability Advisor
  • Sustainability Development Manager
  • Technical Advisor