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Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion

Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion is a versatile degree that emphasizes community nutrition. Students are prepared for a wide range of careers as health educators, researchers, personal trainers, public health planners, and more. The program can be completed full-time in one academic year including summer session, or two to four years of part-time study (for U.S. students only). Classes are offered in the evening, and some courses are offered exclusively online.

In addition to completing nutrition and health promotion courses, the master's program includes a research project requirement. Students also may choose relevant electives from other Simmons graduate programs, including education, health care administration, library and information science, and communications management.

This program is designed for students with backgrounds in:

  • Nutrition
  • Biology
  • Health Sciences
  • Health Education
  • Athletic Training
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Physical Education

Those with bachelor's degrees in other fields, including career changers, are also welcome to apply; however, they must have completed specific science and nutrition prerequisites before applying.

The Nutrition Department is pleased to announce a new concentration in the MS in Nutrition and Health Promoption degree: entrepreneurship


The nutrition entrepreneurship concentration is designed for individuals interested in nontraditional opportunities in the food and nutrition field.  This track will provide the student with both a nutrition and management foundation to develop a business plan for a startup entrepreneurial food/ nutrition venture.  The curriculum builds on courses offered by the Department of Nutrition and the Simmons School of Management.


The entrepreneurship track culminates with the completion of a customized business plan; prepares students to develop innovative entrepreneurial ventures within an already existing institution or as a new private startup venture.  Nutrition entrepreneurship could include new product development, nutrition consulting practice, service development and product strategies for existing established institutions and employee wellness programs.


If interested in this concentration, individuals should apply to the MS in Nutrition and Health promotion program (note that the same admission prereqs for the MS apply for the entrepreneurship concentration). If accepted, students can then select the entrepreneurship concentration in consultation with their advisor. For further information about the curriculum contact the Nutrition Department directly at 617-521-2718.