Nutrition Science (MS)
The Nutritional Science concentration provides individuals with an excellent opportunity
to pursue their interests in understanding the roles of nutrition in health and disease,
development and aging, and in athletic performance. The objective of the Nutrition
Science program is to ensure that our graduates obtain an advanced and comprehensive
education in nutrition along with research training that includes experimental design
and analysis, laboratory skills, and experiences in scientific writing and presentations.
Interdisciplinary opportunities exist with faculty in biological sciences, chemistry
and biochemistry, exercise and sport science, and psychology, as well as with faculty
at other institutions within the Memphis area. Students have opportunities to study
the influences of nutrition at levels of organization ranging from genes to intact
organisms. Although many students will have an interest in human nutrition, there
are also opportunities to study the nutrition of companion, exotic, and production
The master’s degree in Nutrition Science is a 33-credit hour program that offers a
diversity of courses so students can develop a curriculum that is matched to their
specific interests. A research project culminating in a formal thesis is required.
Students entering the program will need to identify a research advisor who will assist
in forming a graduate committee that will provide guidance in identifying courses
and will assist in the design, performance, analysis, and interpretation of their
research. Students completing the degree program will be well-prepared for advanced
graduate study (PhD or MD), as well as for employment opportunities in academics,
private industry, or government. Moreover, the multidisciplinary training available
will position graduates of the program to be leaders in the field of nutrition.
The research project students will complete typifies the motto of the University of
- Dreamers: Students are expected to develop with their advisor and committee a research
project that is novel and will add to nutrition knowledge.
- Thinkers: Students will need to think about the design and performance of their research
and the analysis and interpretation of their findings.
- Doers: Importantly, students must be active participants in all phases of their research.
Nutrition is a broad field that spans multiple disciplines. Similarly, students entering
the Nutrition Science program may have had previous training in various fields, bringing
a diversity of backgrounds, expertise, and experiences. We are not searching for students
with specific backgrounds. Instead, we are looking for students who want to be innovative,
have a desire to learn, want to explore new areas of study, and to become leaders
in the field of nutrition. We invite applications from all such students
Applicants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with some coursework in fields
of study relevant to biological, chemical, or nutritional sciences. Applicants will
be selected for admission to the program based on a combination of grade point average,
graduate record examination (GRE) scores within the past five years, a narrative statement
that includes career goals, and letters of reference.