Nutrition Science (M.S.)

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The new Master of Science in Nutrition Science program at Illinois Institute of Technology prepares students for a career that involves the application of human physiological sciences, technology, and regulatory science to address contemporary problems related to food, nutrition, health, and disease. Now more than ever, researchers and practitioners seek to understand the role of food and nutrition in overall health and wellness. Our unique multidisciplinary program offers students advanced coursework and training including clinical research experience in the Center for Nutrition Research. 

The nutrition science field is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029—much faster than the average for all occupations. As food companies increasingly develop health-promoting food and beverage products, and as government agencies increasingly align public health objectives with regulatory objectives, students graduating with practical training and knowledge in nutrition science, with regulatory science exposure, are highly sought after. 

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Nutrition Science program provides students with the coursework, training, and research experience needed to understand the role of food and nutrition in overall health and wellness and to address contemporary problems related to food, nutrition, health, and disease.

Career Opportunities

The M.S. in Nutrition Science prepares students for careers in the following areas:

  • Food and dietary supplement industry
  • Biotech and pharmaceutical industry
  • Public health, education, and policy specialties
  • Preventative health care in medical settings

Students are also prepared for doctorate and professional school applications, including medical, dental, and optical schools, and more.

Admission to the graduate program normally requires a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, chemistry, biology, or food science; in chemical, agricultural, food, or environmental engineering; or in a related field.

A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required as well as a GRE score of 305 (verbal and quantitative). TOEFL scores of 550 (paper), 213 (computer), and 80 (internet) are required for international applicants.