Graduate Programs


Contact Info

Dr. Lilian De Jonge

Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
Phone: 703-993-5153


Masters Degrees

Nutrition, MS

The Master of Science in Nutrition program emphasizes a skill set tailored to expanding nutrition-related needs. Students learn to assess, evaluate, and intervene in the most current and relevant nutrition issues. The curriculum prepares graduates to work for agencies, businesses, and organizations that seek to improve nutrition at the local, national, and global level. This program also prepares students to engage in further study for research careers in nutrition. Learn more about the Master of Science in Nutrition.

Master of Public Health (MPH), Food Security and Nutrition Concentration

The MPH is designed for students who wish to practice public health locally or globally. Our curriculum provides grounding in the competencies needed to be a successful public health practitioner. Graduates are equipped to address the most pressing and emerging health problems with a concentration in Food Security and Nutrition. 

Students in this interdisciplinary concentration create population health approaches to implement food security and nutrition programs and policies within a global public health context. Prerequisite: At least one undergraduate nutrition course (e.g., NUTR 295). Learn more about the MPH, Food Security and Nutrition concentration.

Graduate Certificates

Food Security, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Food Security provides knowledge and tools in the areas of nutrition, food studies, and geography to prepare students for careers in food security and safety. The program is a joint certificate between the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies and the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science. Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Food Security.

Nutrition, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Nutrition prepares students to apply nutrition principles and the latest scientific evidence and methods of nutrition to health practice and research among different populations. The program emphasizes understanding the role of nutrition in population health and well-being and the development of skills required in the practice, analysis, and interpretation of nutrition-related information and data among individuals and populations. Students will learn nutrition principles; how to assess nutritional status of individuals, communities, and populations; and how to develop and evaluate nutrition interventions at the individual, community, and population level. Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition.

Future Education Model Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

George Mason University has applied to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to open a new and innovative program to prepare Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in Fall 2022.

Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND* and we are in the candidacy process for our proposed Future Education Model Master’s program. The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the eligibility application process if the program receives candidacy for accreditation status from ACEND.

Contact Sapna Bathejaj, PhD, RDN, LDN at for more information.

*The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.