Master of Nutrition Science and Policy

The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy (MNSP) degree program is designed for health professionals, career-changers, and recent graduates who are passionate about nutrition, and who seek a world-class program without having to disrupt their life or career. 

The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum of advanced study in nutrition science, global and US food policy, global nutrition programs, and applied research skills.  Students can also choose from a variety of elective courses, tailoring their study to their interests or career objectives.    

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Blended Learning: Online + On Campus

The MNSP degree is the only US-based nutrition program taught in a combination of on campus and online learning. Each semester, students and faculty engage in interactive online learning, but they also gather for 1-week in Boston for face-to-face time. This structure allows students to maintain their careers, live where they choose, and build meaningful relationships and networks with peers and faculty.

MNSP professors are experts in their field, world-renowned researchers, and engaged teachers.  They include biochemists, RD’s, an economist, nutrition scientists, a statistician, a behaviorist, international nutrition program scholars, and policy experts.

Students entering the Friedman School of Nutrition come from remarkably diverse backgrounds and leave us to pursue careers in education, public relations, the government, healthcare, community-based food and nutrition programs, US and international non-governmental agencies, and the food industry. The common thread to their divergent paths is a desire - and the ability - to make meaningful differences in the health of individuals, communities, and nations.

Program History

In 2007, the Friedman School joined with Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates to participate in establishing Ras Al Khaimah as a hub for nutrition education that would serve populations in the UAE, neighboring Gulf States and South Asia.  Among the projects was the establishment of a unique masters degree program taught in a low-residency format. The MNSP program, which began in the UAE, continues today with additional course offerings and residencies on Tufts University’s Health Sciences Campus in Boston.

The MNSP Program Director, Dr. Lynne Ausman, is the Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Professor in International Nutrition, a professorship endowed with a gift from the government of Ras Al Khaimah and given in acknowledgement to Dr. Ausman for her contributions to the success of the masters program in Ras Al Khaimah.

Sara C. Folta

Sara C. Folta

Associate Professor

Sai Das

Sai Das

Assistant Professor

Robert F. Houser

Robert F. Houser

Assistant Professor

Kelly Kane

Kelly Kane

Assistant Professor

David Hastings

David Hastings

Adjunct Professor

Kathy Prelack

Kathy Prelack

Adjunct Associate Professor

MNSP students complete 10 credits of coursework* consisting of a required core curriculum, two electives and a one-credit research or project based thesis.

Full-time students are able to finish the program in 1-2 years. Part-time students are able to finish the program in 2-3 years.

Required Courses

  • Science & Policy Core: 4 credits
  • Research Skills Core: 3 credits
  • Electives: 2 credits
  • Thesis: 1 credit

* Please note that one-credit courses at Tufts are equal to four credits in other institutions.

Science and Policy Core 

NUTB 205 - Nutritional Biochemistry with Community/Clinical Applications: Macronutrients
NUTB 305 - Nutritional Biochemistry with Community/Clinical Applications: Micronutrients
NUTB 238 - Economics for Food and Nutrition Policy
NUTB 206 - Global Food and Nutrition Policy

Research Skills Core

NUTB 250 - Statistical Methods for Health Professionals I
NUTB 350 - Statistical Methods for Health Professionals II
NUTB 204 - Epidemiology for Nutrition Professionals


NUTB 316 - Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
NUTB 242 - Obesity and Energy Regulation
NUTB 241 - Nutrition and Aging
NUTB 219 - Food Science Fundamentals
NUTB 208 - Management of Health and Nutrition NGO's
NUTB 227 - Global Nutrition Programs
NUTB 243 - Nutrition, Brain and Behavior
NUTB 211 - Theories of Behavior Change


NUTB 300 - Masters Thesis

Students entering the MNSP program come from diverse educational and professional backgrounds, and leave us to enjoy a wide range of career opportunities.  Those in the area of clinical dietetics often select the MNSP program because the curriculum allows them to engage with urgent nutrition policy issues, as well as pick up new skills like statistics, epidemiology, and proposal writing.  Health science professionals (physicians, pharmacists, basic laboratory sciences) often have never received any training in nutrition, which can be integral for these practitioners.  Still other students bring a broad background in social science and policy but realize that they have never taken the time to learn the basic science of nutrition. 

Below are examples of where some MNSP students and graduates have worked:

  • Not-for profits, foundations, UNICEF, USAID
  • Hospitals and health centers
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Private and non-profit-sector food processing/preparation and marketing institutions
  • Clinical research facilities
  • Food safety field extension bureaus
  • Local universities (instructors in nutrition)
  • Doctorate or other degree

If you are interested in the MNSP program, but unclear on career oportunities or how this program might meet your professional goals, then please contact the Program Director, Lynne Ausman, to schedule a time to chat –  

The 10-credit* Master of Nutrition Science and Policy (MNSP) degree program is offered in a blended learning format enabling students from around the world to continue living where they choose, while studying at one of the world’s premier research universities. The program is designed with working professionals in mind, combining intense residency sessions in Boston each semester with facilitated online learning.

*Please note that one-credit courses at Tufts are equal to four credits in other institutions.

Unlike 100% online programs, MNSP students come together with Tufts faculty once a semester for approximately one week for interactive course work, lectures, seminars, and collaboration with their classmates. Following each residency session, the course continues in a highly facilitated online environment, building on knowledge and relationships that were developed on campus.

MNSP students are Tufts students.  As such, they have access to an incredible support structure – student services, academic advisor, library resources, 24x7 technical support, and career services.  MNSP students also benefit from streamed campus events including visiting lecturers and career-related seminars. 

Benefits of Blended Learning:

•   Tufts University Degree - The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy degree is conferred by Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, Massachusetts. Friedman School alumni are sought after and employed in a wide range of careers. Tufts University is consistently ranked among the Top 30 universities in the US, and the Friedman School’s doctoral programs were ranked #1 by the National Research Council. 

•   World Class Faculty - Friedman School faculty design and teach the courses. Students will work and interact with faculty in-person throughout the residency sessions and will continue engaging with faculty and other students during the online portions of each course.

•   Flexibility and Convenience - The blended learning format affords students the ability to earn a degree without a permanent residency at the University. The program is designed to be completed in 12 months, but students are able to extend their studies if they choose to take fewer courses each semester.



Application requirements include:

  • Completion of the Online Application
  • Personal Statement (At least one page single spaced)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official copies of all post-secondary academic transcripts (translated into English)
  • Official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).  GRE waivers will be considered for applicants based upon prior academic experience and relevant professional experience.
  • $70 Application Fee

For questions regarding the application requirements, please contact Richard Moyer, Associate Director of Admissions (617.636.0864,

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Any material not submitted electronically must be sent via FedEx or DHL services and should be addressed to:

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

All materials related to an application for admission become the property of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy upon receipt and will not be returned or released to the applicant, either in original or photocopy form.


Because the MNSP program is 10 credits instead of 16, students entering the program must possess a strong background in science.  The following prerequisites are necessary for a student to be successful with the program’s curriculum:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (out of a 4.0 equivalent)

College-level courses in the following:

  • Principles of Nutrition Science-Tufts offers an online Nutrition course every summer and fall that fulfills this requirement, contact us for more information
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Human Biology or Physiology

Please be advised that students taking General Nutrition courses to fulfill program prerequisites must have those courses approved by the Friedman School in advance.

Questions about prerequisites or eligibility?

Contact Dr. Lynne Ausman, D.SC., Program Director via email or phone (, 617.636.3712). Dr. Ausman is available to discuss your eligibility for the program and answer specific questions about prerequisites.  Making up select prerequisite courses is easy to do. We can help with recommendations, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Admissions Deadlines

For admission into the Spring 2018 program, the priority deadline for submitting a complete application is November 1, 2017Applications after the deadline are accepted as space allows. Please contact if you have questions.   

For admission into the Fall 2018 program, the priority deadline for submitting a complete application is April 1, 2018. Applications after the deadline are accepted as space allows. Please contact if you have questions. 

For admission into the Summer 2018 program, the priority deadline for submitting a complete application is March 15, 2018. Applications after the deadline are accepted as space allows. Please contact if you have questions. Eligibility to start in summer requires that all prerequisites be completed in advance of the program start date.


International Students

International students are welcomed into the Master of Nutrition Science and Policy program.  Due to the low residency nature of the program, international students should be advised of the following visa and immigration regulations:

  • Participation in the MNSP program allows international students to be in the US only during the required onsite residencies. 
  • Participation in the residencies on a tourist visa is not permitted.  International students are issued an I-20 form to obtain an F-1 student visa.  A new I-20 must be issued for each residency, at a cost to the student of approximately $200 US. 
  • To be eligible for the F-1 student visa, international students must register for a minimum of two academic credits each semester they are in the program.
  • In addition to meeting the standard admission requirements, applicants must possess a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 100 on the internet-based exam or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam.  
  • International students in the MNSP program are not eligible to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon completion of the program.

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