Nutrition for Cooks and Culinary Professionals | Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Nutrition for Cooks and Culinary Professionals

Whether operating a large or small scale kitchen, all chefs and cooks have the power to influence the health and well-being of their individual customers, clients, and family members, while positively impacting the environment. It is important for those who are preparing meals for others to educate themselves about the nutritional quality of food and to integrate the latest evidence-based principles of health and sustainability into their practice. This includes how they think about meal preparation, with a greater focus on food and calorie quality, portions, where to source food, and cooking strategies to address the specific nutrient and health needs of the individuals they serve.

The courses in this program are designed for home cooks, chefs, food service and culinary professionals who want to make informed decisions in order to reshape the American diet one bite at a time. As a student in this program you will gain insight into the common characteristics of healthy eating patterns and develop tools to plan and implement healthy meals and menus.

Upon completion of each course, students will earn graduate academic credit, which may be applied towards a degree program. Please check with the specific school and program in which you are interested to verify whether they will accept all of the credits you want to transfer. Students who successfully complete three courses within our certificate programs will earn a Certificate of Graduate Studies.

Required Courses (choose at least two) 

Recommended (Optional) Electives

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and as space permits.

Please send any questions or concerns about the process to nutritioncertificates@tufts.edu

There is no fee to apply. Your full application to the program will include the following items:

  • Completion of the Online Application Official academic transcripts (translated into English)
    • Sent directly from every university or institution from which you earned a degree
    • Transcript(s) should indicate completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a preferred grade point average of 3.0 (out of a 4.0 equivalent)
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement - please describe your reasons for applying and indicate how this course/certificate program will enhance your career or help you in the future
  • International students must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores (see below for more info)

Standardized test scores (i.e., GRE) and letters of recommendation are not required. There is no application fee, but a non-refundable $50 deposit is required upon your acceptance into the program to reserve your space.

All applications are reviewed by the Friedman School Graduate Certificate Program Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee takes into consideration all coursework, grades, experience and reasons for taking the program.

If you need to send materials to the Friedman School, please send to the following address:

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Office of Admissions 150 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

*Students who would like to register for just a single class without committing to an entire program should contact the Program Director at nutritioncertificates@tufts.edu

Admissions Deadlines

Applications for Fall admission into the Friedman School Graduate Certificate Program will be reviewed on a rolling basis through July 1, and after as space permits.

Applications for Spring admission into the Friedman School Graduate Certificate Program will be reviewed on a rolling basis through December 1, and after as space permits.

Applications for Summer admission into the Friedman School Graduate Certificate Program will be reviewed on a rolling basis through April 1, and after as space permits.

TOEFL/IELTS Requirements

International students who earned their degree from a university in a country where English is not the primary language must submit either official TOEFL or IELTS scores directly to the Friedman School as a part of the Online Application.

  • TOEFL minimum score is 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based), 100 (internet based)
  • IELTS minimum score is 6.5

Tuition & Payment Options

  • Tuition for courses offered during the 2018-19 academic year (i.e. the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 semesters) is $2540 per course. The total tuition for all three required courses within a certificate program is $7620.

Please note that the Friedman School Graduate Certificate Programs are not eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid. The program does qualify for private student loans from lending institutions, and a Tuition Payment Plan is available through our Bursar’s office. Under the Tuition Payment Plan you may budget all or a portion of your semester tuition over five monthly installments prior to your enrollment. For example, for the fall semester, you make payments from May 1st through September 1st, and for the spring semester, you make payments from October 1st through February 1st. The Tuition Payment Plan has a small enrollment fee, but no interest charges. Please contact Student Financial Services at Tufts for more information on billing and payments including payment plans.

Tufts University currently does not accept credit card payments for tuition.

We encourage students who are working professionals to contact their employer’s human resources (HR) department for their policies and procedures regarding tuition benefits.

Diane L. McKay

Diane L. McKay

Assistant Professor

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