Quick Facts - MSN
Master of Science in Nutrition
- Bachelor's degree
- Cumulative 3.0 GPA minimum in undergraduate coursework and nutrition classes
- 3.25 GPA in the prerequisite classes and science coursework. See the prerequisite tab for more detailed information
- Recommended: volunteer experience relevant to nutrition
Length of Program
2 years, full time
The primary purpose of this degree is preparation for advanced doctoral studies in nutrition or other health care-related fields. Graduates may also consider careers in:
- Research and development
- Research laboratories as research assistants
- Nutrition writing
- Nutrition advocacy work
- Public policy
- Prevention and wellness
See examples of how our graduates use their nutrition degrees.
Program Summary - MSN
In the Master of Science in Nutrition (MSN) program, you'll gain a solid overview of nutritional science, theory and research. You'll learn to balance a holistic perspective with a rigorous understanding of biochemistry and nutrient metabolism. This innovative program provides a broad education in preventive health and wellness, prepares you to critically evaluate scientific literature, and serves as a firm foundation for future education.
First year coursework encompasses areas such as nutrient metabolism, applied and therapeutic nutrition, research skills, and whole foods. Second year coursework includes community and global perspectives on nutrition, and thesis research.
- A rigorous science-based curriculum prepares graduates for a mainstream profession with a natural health perspective.
- Highly qualified faculty coupled with small class sizes and a strong advising program.
- A modern and fully equipped whole food nutrition kitchen where students develop their culinary skills and deepen their understanding of nutritional concepts.
- Whole food Dining Commons featuring organic, local meals.
- Bastyr nutrition students help maintain the University's Medicinal Herb Garden and its 350 species of herbs and seasonal crops. The garden serves as a laboratory for organic, sustainable and renewable agriculture.
- Access to related elective classes within the broad Bastyr curriculum, including herbal sciences, naturopathic medicine and health psychology.
Prerequisites - MSN
Priority consideration is given to applicants with the following GPA scores:
- 3.25 in prerequisite coursework (all classes listed as specific prerequisites)
- 3.25 cumulative GPA in science prerequisites with a B or better in Human Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology
- 3.0 in nutrition coursework
- 3.0 cumulative undergraduate coursework
Exceptional candidates who do not meet these priority standards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Entering students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university and must complete the following courses:
- Human Physiology - 5 quarter credits A full-series anatomy and physiology will meet this requirement.
- Chemistry (science-major level with lab) - 3 coursesChemistry courses must include at least one course in organic chemistry.
- Nutrition - 5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits
- Biochemistry - 1 course The biochemistry course must be upper-level and must cover intermediary metabolism.
- College Algebra - 1 course
- Microbiology - 3 quarter credits Important change to nutrition prerequisites: Microbiology is a new prerequisite for students entering masters of nutrition programs beginning fall 2012.
No grade lower than a C will be accepted for any prerequisite courses. Prerequisite science courses must have been completed within the last 7 years.
Want to take these prerequisite courses with us? Find out more about our Post-Baccalaureate Program.
Curriculum - MSN
The curriculum table below lists the tentative schedule of courses each quarter. Next to each course is the number of credits per course (Crdt.), the lecture hours each week (Lec.) and the lab/clinic hours each week (L/C). Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog.
Expected Learning Outcomes
The Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science has established the following expected learning outcomes for all Master of Science in Nutrition programs:
- Biological/Medical Sciences
- Quantitative Reasoning/Critical Thinking/Research
- Whole Foods and Natural Medicine
- Physical Activity
- Promotion of the University's and the Department's mission and vision
Expected learning outcomes specific to MSN track are:
- Perform basic biostatical analysis and utilize appropriate statistical software
- Write a research proposal in an area of human nutrition
- Design and conduct a scientific study, including obtaining IRB approval if needed
- Effectively design, conduct, analyze, report and interpret results of an independent research project
- Follow stated guidelines for manuscript preparation as a component of thesis completion
- Present nutrition research to a peer audience
Curriculum and course changes in the 2014-2015 Bastyr University Catalog are applicable to students entering during the 2014-2105 academic year. Please refer to the appropriate catalog if interested in curriculum and courses required for any other entering year.Click here to download the PDF file.
Tuition for Master's & Doctoral Degrees
Average first-year costs for a typical credit load in the 2014-2015 academic year.The first year is considered fall, winter and spring quarters.
Average CreditsFirst year.
Tuition & FeesFees include a $25 quarterly student activity fee. See the University Catalog for a full schedule of fees.
Books & Supplies
TotalThe budget used to determine financial-aid eligibility allows for an additional $21,600 for a 9-month period of living expenses.
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See also Financial Aid at Bastyr
PLEASE NOTE: For financial aid purposes, cost of attendance includes costs above plus $21,600 per nine months to cover room & board, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses.
*Tuition rates for the Master of Science in Maternal-Child Health and Master of Public Health are estimates based on the current tuition costs.