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MS Program

This twelve-month master of science program prepares students for one of several possible further directions in which advanced training may be pursued. Many MS students go on to train in a laboratory discipline pertinent to nutrition or in a public health field in which knowledge of nutrition figures significantly. The Institute expects to assist students actively in their explorations of avenues of further training.  The overall purpose of the instruction program is to prepare individuals for positions in teaching, research, and leadership in nutrition programs both in the United States and abroad.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2016. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Click here to access the online application

Admissions requirements include: An undergraduate degree,  two semesters of chemistry and two semesters of organic chemistry (a minimum of three semesters of chemistry is acceptable if you are not pursuing an advanced degree), two semesters of biological sciences, a test score (DAT, GRE or MCAT), official transcripts and two letters of recommendation or a committee packet. 


IHN Webinar series a big success!  

Learn more about the MS program in our fifteen minute webinar. IHN MS program Director Sharon Akabas, PhD presents information about the MS Program and then welcomes questions from attendees about the MS curriculum, thesis research, life in NYC and more.  

Our next webinar dates are:
Tuesday, February 16 at 1:00pm
Thursday, February 18 at 3:00pm
Thursday, March 10 at 12:30pm
Wednesday, March 30 at 1:00pm


Don't have time to participate in our webinar series?

Click here to view MS Program  Director Sharon Akabas, PhD present a fifteen minute video on the master's program in nutrition.  You will learn about the curriculum, the accessible faculty, leadership and professional development and more.  





Sign up for our next Open House!

Attending our Open House is a great way to find out about the IHN. The day includes lunch with current students, an information session, and you'll have the chance to sit in on a class lecture.  

Friday, March 4
Monday, April 4
Friday, April 15 

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MS orientation lecture

Master of Science Program Overview

The Master of Science Program, administered by the Postgraduate Division of the Faculty of Medicine, is a 12-month program that serves as a foundation for students who plan either to continue toward the Doctor of Philosophy degree or to attend a professional school in the health sciences.

The MS in Nutrition is comprised of thirty-three (33) credits and is completed in one year, including ten weeks of full time work (350 hours or more) in the summer.

Financial Aid and tuition exemptions are available to eligible candidates. Distance learning options available for some courses.

All courses are designed to enhance your nutrition knowledge and are applicable to clinical practice. In addition to the core courses, students may choose to focus on and take electives in one of three tracks: basic nutrition science, public health and nutritional epidemiology, or clinical nutrition.

The M.S. degree program is not designed to prepare students to become dietitians or food technologists, nor is it, in general, an end point degree. To prepare for a specific career, the M.S. should be combined with other training.

Requirements for the M.S. degree: completion of all required courses and electives, as determined by the student's adviser, with a grade average of B– or better; and participation in at least one research project, with written master's thesis summarizing the project results. The thesis must be approved by the sponsor of the project, the faculty adviser, and the director of the M.S. program. Most project requirements are fulfilled during the summer term following the completion of the academic work.

Please click on the following link for an overview of possible Career Paths.
















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