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 animals.

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 Memphis:

  • 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.



*When completing the MS application, your major will be Nutrition with a concentration in Nutrition Science


"The School of Health Studies at The University of Memphis has both challenged and strengthened me more than I thought possible. This is largely due to the phenomenal faculty in the M.S. in Nutrition Science program who have a passion for education and research that is unparalleled. In addition to greatly expanding my knowledge in nutrition I worked on many research projects which exposed me to immunology, phlebotomy, and a variety of lab techniques such as western blotting, and histology. Learning how to work in a biochemistry laboratory was very rewarding and truly refined my critical thinking and problem solving skills. I can confidently say that The School of Health Studies prepared me for my career in nutrition and research."

- Jacqueline Marie Wyman, MS


"Thanks to my time and work at the School of Health Studies, I have been able to grow and pursue dreams that were not previously possible. Through one-on-one mentorships with exceptional professors and inter-disciplinary collaboration, I was prepared for further graduate study and research pursuits. Furthermore, my diverse experiences working as a graduate research assistant have provided me the tools to succeed in the competitive science field. I highly recommend the School of Health Studies to anyone who is motivated and ready for a challenge."

- Jessica L. Hill, MS, RN