MS in Nutrition and Dietetics

Who we are

The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies offers graduate programs to prepare students for a variety of careers in health care, community, and private practice settings, public relations and media, as well as education.  

Are you interested in a career in nutrition? Read more about our programs below to discover which you may be eligible for.  

  • MS in Clinical Nutrition (40 credits): Upon completion of this program, students will meet the registration eligibility requirements for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) to become registered dietitians.  

    Who should apply? Students who have successfully completed their undergraduate degree. You do not need to have majored in nutrition to be admitted.

    Upon acceptance, students with an undergraduate degree in nutrition, and who have completed the DPD, a foundational series of courses in basic sciences and health, can begin taking master's-level classes immediately. Admitted students who do not have an undergraduate degree in nutrition must first complete the DPD before taking graduate-level courses in the program.  

  • MS in Clinical Nutrition (34 credits): This program is designed for students who already hold RD credentials and who seek additional clinical dietetics training.  

    Who should apply? Registered dietitians

  • MS in Nutrition and Dietetics with a concentration in Food and Nutrition: This program is for those who are interested in advanced academic training in food and nutrition in order to enhance their health-related profession. Students who intend to become licensed in nutrition or become RD's should NOT apply.  

    Who should apply? Students who already hold professional credentials in a health field (ex: RN, MD, DDS, RPh).

Program benefits for international students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in this program may also be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension and how, see NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.

For more information about the master's degree in nutrition, please contact:

Fred Tripp
Graduate Nutrition Adviser

Prof. Kristie Lancaster
Program Director/Associate Professor


Research in Progress

The Department of Nutrition and Food Studies is currently in  the process of researching state requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside the state of New York, as it relates to the Clinical Nutrition program. Please contact Kelli Martino at for additional information.