Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness and Health Coaching

Become an expert in nutrition coaching and education.
We are NOT currently accepting applications for this degree program.

Holistic Nutrition Coaching Masterrals Overview

The demand for qualified, credible, and skilled nutrition professionals continue to rise.  Meet the demands for skilled nutrition educators, combining nutrition and health coaching sciences into one transformative program.  Students in this program have a passion for healing others through holistic nutrition and wish to do so using a whole-food, sustainable approach.  

During this two-year hybrid program (1st year online, 2nd in-person in our San Diego location), you'll learn to translate nutrition science into meaningful, accessible information, promote wellness and sustainable change, and make an impact on local and global scales.   

*This program is not eligible for international students due to low residency schedule design.

Next start date
San Diego
Program Length

2 years, full time


$788/credit hour (average)

Build the Foundations of Your Nutritional Coaching Career

Hybrid format

Fulfills academic requirements for CNS certification

Opportunities in culinary medicine, nutrition coaching, and community education

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A Focus on Whole-Food Philosophy

Whole foods, holistic health. The program is grounded in the whole-food philosophy and emphasizes eating a wide variety of foods in their most natural form. It focuses on nutrition for disease prevention, behavioral change, development of nutrition programs and health and wellness coaching. Students learn to draw connections between food, exercise science, functional nutrition and health psychology. Certification. Graduates will qualify as nutrition professionals under the current California Code. The program meets national standards for Health and Wellness Coaching. A focus on food. Grow your understanding of nutritional concepts and develop your culinary skills in a fully equipped, state-of-the art teaching kitchen. Education built on community. Highly qualified faculty, small class sizes and strong advising programs give you the focused attention you deserve. Additional learning opportunities. You’ll have access to elective classes in other programs, including herbal sciences, naturopathic medicine and health psychology.

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Receive Certification

Graduates will qualify as nutrition professionals under the current California Code. The program meets national standards for Health and Wellness Coaching.

Get Your Degree in Nutrition Coaching

  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA 
  • 3.0 GPA in prerequisite coursework 
  • B grade or better in Human Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Nutrition 
  • Entering students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university 

Organic Chemistry* - 1 course 

Introductory Nutrition** - 1 course

*Must be for science majors, cannot be survey level.
**The nutrition course must include macro- and micronutrients, lifecycle, and physical activity.

Note: Prerequisite courses must have been taken within seven years of program start.

Bastyr accepts graduate and undergraduate transfer credits earned at accredited colleges and universities. Learn what you need to make this process go smoothly.

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  • Certified Health and Wellness Coach  
  • Food and nutrition consulting, writing and public speaking  
  • Corporate and employee wellness programs  
  • Public health programs and school-based and senior health and wellness programs  
  • Public health and policy organizations  
  • Nutrition program development, consulting and entrepreneurial projects  
  • Future academic career in a university, administrative, government or public health setting