Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MS in Nutrition and Health Sciences (30-36 cr, Option I, II, or III) with optional specialization:
- Community Nutrition & Health Promotion
- Nutrition and Exercise
- PhD in Human Sciences (90 cr) with a specialization in Nutrition and Health Sciences
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.
- Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (Ph.D., M.S.)
- Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (Ph.D., M.S.)
- Exercise Physiology and Nutrition (Ph.D.)
- Food Literacy, Quality and Safety (Ph.D., M.S.)
- Hospitality Management (M.S.)
Note: The Dietetics specialization is available only to Registered Dietitians (RD) or those eligible for registration exam.
Earn a Graduate Certificate
Certificates have their own deadlines and checklists; select one for details.
- Grad Cert in Transdisciplinary Childhood Obesity Prevention (15-16 cr)
Online and Distance OpportunitiesOffered online:
Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by Nutrition and Health Sciences
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Statement of goals
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for Nutrition and Health Sciences
- For Financial Consideration: March 15 for Fall. October 15 for Spring.
- Otherwise: Rolling admissions, contact the department for more information.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
Our Department offers research-based degrees in several diverse areas of study: Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (Ph.D., M.S.); Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (Ph.D., M.S.); Exercise Physiology (Ph.D.); Food Literacy, Quality and Safety (Ph.D., M.S.); and Hospitality Management (M.S.). In addition, students can earn a non-research master's degree (M.S. without thesis) in Dietetics (RD required); Nutrition and Exercise; or Community Nutrition and Health Promotion.
Because of the diversity of degree programs offered through the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and the Nutrition Interdepartmental program, students are encouraged to refer to the Nutrition and Health Sciences website to learn more about areas of study and degree programs, admission requirements, and step-by-step instructions on how to apply.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:
- Nutrition and Health Sciences (NUTR)
- Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM)
- Human Sciences (HUMS)
Faculty and research
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Food and Beverage
Behavioral Changes that Lead to Healthier Outcomes, Particularly For Vulnerable Populations
Cholesterol and Bile Acid Metabolism; Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease; Role of Dietary Fat, Fiber, and Phytochemicals
Nutritional Epidemiology and Dietary Analyses within Large Cohorts; Survey Development and Validation; Assessment of Nutrition Intervention, Obesity, Cancer and Ethnic Differences in Disease Risk
Mechanisms of Human Brown Adipogenesis; Epigenetic Regulation of Obesity and Insulin Resistance
Exercise and Nutrition for Health, Muscle Strength, and Body Composition across the Lifespan
Community Nutrition and Socio-Cultural Aspects of Nutrition
Growth and Development in Young Athletes; Muscle Function
4-H Foods; Food Literacy; Health and Wellness; Minority Populations
Health Communication and Health Literacy; Health Education; Health Disparities; Public Health
Social and Health Policy
Complex Regulation of Energy Balance in Exercising Individuals and its Implications for Health and Performance
Motivational Interviewing/Educational Strategies
Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy
Nutritional Genomics; Metabolic Disorders
How Different Patient Populations Respond to Movement-Related InjuriesGraduate Faculty Associate
Athletic Training Education
Exercise Testing; Clinical Exercise Physiology; Occupational Physiology; Military and Law Enforcement Sports Medicine
Overeating and Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress
Resistance Training and Healthy Living
Chronic Inflammation in Metabolic Syndromes