Nutrition

Simmons University’s Master of Science in Nutrition degree program helps students develop an advanced understanding of nutrition, fitness, and wellness. Graduates of the program evaluate health behaviors on a global level and seek to improve the health of our communities through research and education. They learn how to bring innovative ideas and entrepreneurial endeavors to fruition.

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Whether you decide to study online through our new distance learning program or attend classes on campus—surrounded by the world-renowned teaching hospitals and research facilities along Longwood Avenue in Boston—our program is designed to extend beyond acute care issues to promote community health. Students learn the practical aspects of working in the field of nutritional wellness.

Our students come from backgrounds in nutrition, biology, health sciences, health education, athletic training, exercise physiology, and physical education. Upon graduation, they are prepared for a wide range of careers in areas such as research, community nutrition, and private practice.

Why study Nutrition?

According to the World Health Organization, health promotion enables people to increase control over their own health. It covers a wide range of social and environmental interventions that are designed to benefit and promote wellness by addressing and preventing the root causes of poor health, rather than focusing on treatment and cure alone. Armed with a Master's degree, graduates of Simmons' Master's in Nutrition program provide services to facilitate and maintain the health of individuals and communities.

What will you learn?

Students in the Master's in Nutrition program learn the fundamentals of wellness and health promotion, including how to critically review scientific evidence. Students customize their plan of study by choosing one of two tracks or concentrations: the Research track or the Entrepreneurship track.

Research (formerly Wellness)

The Research track is designed for students interested in research and nutrition epidemiology. The curriculum culminates with the completion of a thesis research project.

Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneurship track is for students interested in starting their own business in the food and nutrition field. The curriculum includes courses from the Simmons School of Business and culminates with the completion of a business plan.

Our Nutrition master's program can be completed in one academic year including one summer session, or in two to four years of part-time study (for U.S. students only). On-campus classes are offered in the evening with some individual courses offered online, and our new online program offers fully online courses. Students pursuing the online degree have the same opportunities to customize their program as students in the on-campus program by selecting from either the Research or Entrepreneurship tracks.

What can you do with a Master's degree in Nutrition?

Graduates of Simmons’ Nutrition master's program go on to pursue rewarding careers in public health and nutrition, in fields such as: 

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Clinical Dietetics
  • Food and Nutrition Management
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Education and Research
  • Consultant/Private Practice
  • Business and Industry
  • Media

Learn more about our Master’s in Nutrition!

Our traditional on-campus program provides a quality education for students in the greater Boston and eastern New England area. The online format offers the same quality curriculum in a convenient format, perfect for working professionals and busy individuals across the country. Ready to learn more? Request more information or visit our Admissions page today!

For undergraduate students interested in pursuing a public health degree, consider Simmons’ Public Health BS/Nutrition MS 4+1 dual degree program.

Our nutrition master’s program can be completed in one academic year including summer session, or two to four years of part-time study (for U.S. students only).

On-campus classes are offered in the evening with some individual courses offered online, and our new online program offers all classes fully in the online format.

Simmons MS/DI Partnerships

Simmons has partnered with select dietetic internship programs to offer an expedited pathway to applying for our Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion program.

Applicants to the dietetic internship programs at Be Well SolutionsMassachusetts General Hospital, and Wellness Workdays can apply for the Simmons Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion program through the DICAS application process. Benefits of the partnership include:

  • Earning your MS from Simmons through either the campus-based program or our fully online format. Both will allow students to fulfill the new eligibility requirement. Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum degree requirement for eligibility to take the registration examination for dietitians will change from a bachelor’s degree to a graduate degree.
  • Our MS degree is customizable with research and entrepreneurship tracks. The curriculum also offers a clinically-focused course, Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy.
  • Some coursework can potentially be used as part of your dietetic internship competencies. If you have any questions about this, please speak to the affiliated DI program of interest.
  • We will waive your application fee, use your DICAS application (no separate application for Simmons needed), and if you are admitted we will reduce your enrollment deposit to $200 (a $550 reduction!) which will be credited towards the first semester of tuition.
  • All applications will be reviewed for a scholarship, ranging from $6,000 - $16,000. Tuition for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion can be found on our financial aid website.

Preselect Options with Partnering Dietetic Internship Programs

Current students in the Simmons Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion program can benefit from our partnerships with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterHebrew Rehabilitation, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Simmons MS students are eligible to apply as a pre-select student for the dietetic internship programs with these partners before the DICAS match process. This is a great opportunity to be admitted early and complete  your dietetics training at some of the top medical centers in the country!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Director of Admission, Danielle Navarro, at [email protected].

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Nutrition Programs at Simmons University

Our programs are designed to extend beyond acute care issues to promote community health and the practical aspects of working in the field of nutritional wellness.

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Our Faculty

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Lisa Brown

  • Associate Professor and Director of the Dietetic Internship Program
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Teresa Fung

  • Professor and Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
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Sharon Gallagher

  • Associate Professor of Practice and Assistant Director of the Dietetic Internship Program