Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The program requires a minimum of ten (10) graduate courses which include: three (3) education core courses, four (4) nutrition core courses and three (3) specialization elective courses.

A timed, online comprehensive exam is required as the student’s culminating experience. Additional information about the comprehensive exam and application due dates is available from the program advisor.

Students who do not meet graduate program prerequisite requirements are required to complete additional courses:

  • A statistics course within the last five (5) years is required before enrolling in NUED 911 Research Methods in Nutrition.
  • If the student’s baccalaureate degree is in a field other than nutrition, students are required to complete NUED 910 Nutrition Science for Educators. This course is offered during the summer term and must be taken the summer immediately following matriculation into this program.

Note: All courses are offered online.

Three (3) graduate-level electives are required. Disciplines may include: nutrition science, nutrition education, management, leadership, organizational change, grantsmanship, counseling, education, health and wellness, and healthcare.

Recommended Specialization Electives:

Note: An elective not on this list must be pre-approved by the program advisor prior to enrolling in the course. Students may also transfer up to two (2) graduate-level elective courses with the prior written approval of the program advisor. 

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must complete an online graduate admission application
  • Applicants must submit a $50.00 application fee
  • Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended as an undergraduate or graduate student. Bachelor’s degree in a related field includes: food and nutrition, hospitality, education (physical, health, consumer sciences, biology), and nursing. Students with other degrees will be reviewed in the application process. Previous coursework must cover the following areas:
    • Basic nutrition or NUED 910 Nutrition Science in the Classroom
    • Biostatistics (preferred) or statistics in the last five (5) years
  • Applicants are required to possess an overall quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale including acceptable grades in science courses.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed.
  • Applicants who do not fulfill the QPA requirement but have a minimum quality point average of 2.80 on a 4.00 scale will be considered for admission after they complete two prerequisite courses at Framingham State University. These courses must have prior approval and must be completed with a grade of B (3.00) or better.
  • Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, and/or colleagues, submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University by the recommender.
  • Applicants must submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities, and career plans.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of one (1) year of professional experience.

Applicants are evaluated based on numerous factors including previous college coursework, letters of recommendation, and personal statement.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Master of Education with a concentration in Nutrition Education are accepted on a rolling basis. Although the University accepts on a rolling basis, courses are not offered every semester.

Students applying for the School Nutrition Specialist must apply by June 1st of the preceding academic year to start the internship in the fall. Students admitted after June 1st may still begin their studies in the fall in the other required master’s degree courses.


Students at commencement

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop effective nutrition education curriculum for a variety of audiences.

  • Integrate current science-based nutrition issues into food, nutrition, and wellness policies.

  • Design and interpret nutrition education research.

  • Select and utilize appropriate technology for nutrition education.

Meet Your Faculty

Janet Schwartz, MS, RD

Coordinator and Nutrition Education Specialist Advisor; Professor, M.Ed. - Nutrition Education
Brian Souza

Brian Souza

Associate Professor, Nutrition & Health Studies
Hemenway Annex 516

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