College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
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George Mason University

Nutrition, MS

Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin
Chair and Professor
Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
Phone: 703-993-6264

Program Overview

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.

These multifaceted issues require coursework in nutrition science, nutrition education, nutritional assessment, nutrition program development, and nutrition research methods. Students will have opportunities to learn about global nutrition, food safety and security, weight management, and the fundamentals of cooking. Graduates able to develop appropriate interventions tailored to individuals, communities, and different cultural, gender, and age groups are expected to be in high demand in this rapidly-growing field.

The curriculum, including short descriptions of the required courses, is available in Mason's University Catalog. A recommended course sequence (.pdf) is available.

Students in the MS in Nutrition program are given the opportunity to complete a practicum or thesis on their research topic of choice.


Graduates of the MS Nutrition program are prepared to enter a number of nutrition-related careers after graduation. Some examples of areas our previous students have pursued are listed below.

  • Public health
  • Education/ school system
  • Governmental organizations (local, state and federal)
  • Global and local non-profit organizations
  • Research
  • Media/communications
  • Food service
  • Fitness/nutrition coaching
  • Corporate wellness
  • Retail food
  • Food manufacturers/industry
  • Food safety