Master of Nutrition Science and Policy

The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy (MNSP) degree program spans the biological aspects of nutrition, the design and impact of nutrition programs, and applied analytical methods used to solve nutrition and lifestyle related problems and challenges.

Following the closely-held Friedman School tenet that nutrition affects whole populations and regions, the program also extends into domestic and global policy areas that affect both nutrition and food security.

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MNSP Program BrochureStudents entering the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy 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.

The MNSP degree program is the only US-based nutrition program taught in a combination of on campus and online learning. 


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
    • Mathematics

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 (, 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.

Master of Nutrition Science and Policy

The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy (MNSP) degree program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum of advanced study in nutrition science, global and US food policy, global nutrition programs, statistics, applied research skills, plus a two-course concentration area selected by the student.

Students will complete ten credits* of coursework consisting of a required core curriculum, two electives and a one-credit research or project based thesis. The electives allow students to concentrate in a specific field as perceived important for the student’s education or career objectives. The curriculum is designed to enhance the study of nutrition at both the science and policy levels.

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

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.


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)
  • $70 Application Fee

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

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.

Admissions Deadlines

For admission into the Spring 2016 program, the priority deadline for submitting a complete application is November 1, 2015.  Applications after the deadline are accepted as space allows. Please contact if you have questions.    

For admission into the Fall 2016 program, the priority deadline for submitting a complete application is May 1, 2016.  Applications after the deadline are accepted as space allows.  Please contact if you have questions.    

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.

Graduates from the Master of Nutrition Science and Policy program emerge with an understanding of nutrition policy and science, the skills needed to analyze and communicate nutrition-based research, and the ability to apply their learning to solve nutrition and lifestyle-related challenges. This program is ideal for professionals seeking career advancement or continuing education, those working in community-based or international nutrition programs, Registered Dietitians who would like a masters degree with a less-clinical curriculum and more basic science and policy, those with a DPD preparing for their internship, persons relatively new to the field of nutrition, and for individuals looking to further their understanding of nutrition so they can have a positive impact on their communities.

Below is a list of what a few select MNSP graduates are currently doing:

  • Nutrition Cluster Coordinator – UN Agencies
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Doctoral Student
  • Clinical Research Coordinator at a long-term care facility
  • Nutritional Therapist and Pharmacist
  • Nutrition Specialist – USAID and bilaterals
  • Nutrition Promotion and Consultancy Service
  • Food and Nutrition Services Manager

President's Day - No Classes

Monday, February 15, 2016 at (All day)

MNSP Virtual Open House

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Last day to DROP classes without enrollment record

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at (All day)

MNSP Virtual Open House

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:00 PM

MNSP Virtual Open House

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

MNSP Virtual Open House

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Last Day to WITHDRAW from Courses with grade of W

Friday, April 22, 2016 at (All day)

MNSP Final Exam Period

Monday, April 25, 2016 at (All day)

Summer Semester Classes Begin

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at (All day)

Memorial Day - No Classes

Monday, May 30, 2016 at (All day)

Last Day to ADD Classes

Friday, June 3, 2016 at (All day)

MNSP Residency

Monday, June 6, 2016 at (All day)

Last Day to DROP Classes without Enrollment Record

Friday, June 24, 2016 at (All day)

Independence Day - No Classes

Monday, July 4, 2016 at (All day)

Last Day to WITHDRAW from Courses with grade of W

Friday, August 12, 2016 at (All day)

Final Exam Period

Monday, August 15, 2016 at (All day)

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