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Program Overview

Whether you are already working in a health-related field, or have an interest in nutrition policy, athletics, research or beyond, there is a demand for graduate-trained professionals who are skilled in the application of evidence-based nutrition strategies. With employment predicted to grow at a faster-than average rate of 16% through 2024, and entry-level median salaries in the range of $60,000, there has never been a better time to pursue a master’s degree in nutrition science at King’s College.


Take your career to the next level

The King’s College Master of Science in Nutrition Science program is a 36-credit, online degree program geared to busy working professionals who want a competitive advantage in the job market. With courses that explore nutritional biochemistry and physiology, our students are prepared to meet current health challenges both here at home and abroad.

Key Benefits

  • Convenient and completely online so you can study around your own schedule
  • An adaptable schedule allows you to complete the program in as little as 24 months
  • Diverse, science-oriented curriculum designed to help set you apart in the workplace
  • Highly trained faculty who are actively involved in their fields
  • No GRE required for admission
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Who is this program for?

Our Master of Science in Nutrition Science degree is dedicated to educating the next generation of health and nutrition educators. The program is tailored to adult learners from health care fields who want to enhance their careers with additional nutrition expertise.

Why King's?

  • Our streamlined curriculum reflects the latest nutrition science research and aligns with current professional opportunities. Our graduates are ready to meet the world’s growing interest in personal and population health and wellness. Through our program, you’ll:
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of nutrient metabolism and the changing nutritional needs throughout the human lifecycle, along with specialized topics in applied nutrition science.
  • Effectively translate health and nutrition science information for a variety of audiences.
  • Increase your understanding of health care ethics and nutrition research.
  • Develop your communication skills using evidence-based practice.

King’s MSNS program offers the tools you need to make a difference in people’s lives and gives you an edge over other job applicants. If keeping people healthy through improved nutrition is appealing to you, learn more about King’s MSNS admission requirements or start your application today.

Accreditation Status

The MSNS program is not an accredited program that leads to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. However, if you are interested in an RDN credential through an accredited program, explore our Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND). The King’s MSND program has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND*) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. Visit the ACEND webpage here.

Contact Dr. Diane M. DellaValle, or 570-208-5900, ext. 5444 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. 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.

Additional Info

Program Mission and Goals

The mission of the MSNS program echoes that of King’s College, with a specific focus on “pursuing excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship,” as well as “student formation in a nurturing community.” We strive to engage learners in a collaborative, interactive learning environment that encourages critical inquiry and ethical, evidence-based nutrition practice.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nutrition Science (MSNS) program, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and translate scientific evidence-based health and nutrition science research.
  • Apply evidence-based science to design and implement nutrition education and health promotion programs.
  • Utilize best practices in communication and teaching techniques to deliver nutrition education and health promotion programs.
  • Apply and demonstrate best practices in digital communications to interface with clients, customers, peers, administrators, and health care providers.
  • Communicate evidence-based health and nutrition research to a wide variety of audiences.

Admission Requirements

Students with undergraduate or advanced degrees in health, life, or basic sciences from accredited institutions are prime candidates for our program. This program is also well suited for students who have a background in biological sciences or are interested in acquiring a stronger nutrition expertise for another discipline. To apply to the program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion (B or better) of Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II (no labs required; all body systems need to have been covered)
  • Successful completion (B or better) of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (no labs required)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better

In addition, you must provide your current resume and a 1000-word personal statement detailing why you are interested in applying to this program, why you want to study of nutrition sciences, experiences that have helped prepare you for a career in this field, short and long-term goals, and your professional strengths and weaknesses.

All prerequisite course work, including official transcripts and all application requirements, must be complete and uploaded at the time of application submission.

Applicant Selection Process

Complete graduate applications are scored based on GPA (including cumulative GPA and overall science and prerequisite GPA). Additional points are awarded for advanced degrees, graduate course credits, relevant coursework (earning a B grade or better), professional work, volunteer work, and other experiences. The quality and quantity of any health care experience or shadowing hours are also scored.

Your personal statement, CV/resume, references, and other experiences (work experience, community service, and extracurricular activities) included on your application are also scored, in addition to general communication and following of instructions throughout the application process (such as formal and informal interactions with program faculty and graduate admissions staff).

The King’s College graduate admissions staff and nutrition programs faculty will notify selected candidates within four weeks of the application deadline. This selection process will continue until the class is filled, or until July 20, whichever comes first. A mandatory virtual orientation is held the first week of August before classes start.

Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee admission. Once accepted, graduate applicants will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit to secure their seat. This deposit will then be applied to their tuition.

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Degree Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of all MSNS coursework
  • A minimum of a B grade in all coursework
  • No more than two C grades in all coursework
  • Completion of reflective ePortfolio kept throughout the program

Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements for Online Programs

If you have any questions on our online graduate programs or even just technical requirements listed on this page, please get in touch. We will be happy to walk you through any details.


  • Access to a computer and the internet
  • Hardware and internet connection may be incompatible in cases of employer-provided computers and networks, public computers, and public internet hotspots
  • Internet speed: 1.5 Mbs upload and download required, Basic broadband (4 Mbs) recommended, allows you to test the speed at your location
  • Webcam or Smartphone camera
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Microsoft Office: Free and available to students with their account via Office 365, Includes Microsoft Outlook for your email
  • Access to a scanner or scanning app

Computer Proficiency Requirements

Although your faculty are there to support you, in order to comfortably participate and succeed in an online course environment, online students must have basic computer literacy skills and, at a minimum, have proficiency with the following:

  • Using a keyboard and mouse
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Using common software applications including, but not limited to those found in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) or similar office suites such as Google Apps
  • Recording video presentations with your computer or smartphone camera and microphone and uploading to video hosting services such as YouTube
  • Using a text editor (changing fonts, inserting links, using spell check, etc.)
  • Saving and retrieving files in different formats (.docx, .pdf, .pptx, etc.)
  • Installing and updating software
  • Selecting, copying, and pasting text
  • Accessing the internet using a web browser such as Chrome or Firefox
  • Resetting basic browser settings (clearing cache/history, cookies, etc)
  • Performing basic internet searches with appropriate search terms
  • Locating and copying web addresses/URLs
  • Browsing for files to attach and upload; extracting zip files

Tuition and Aid

The graduate program is 36 credits in total, with tuition at $799 per credit for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Anticipated MSNS Professional Program Fees:

  • Graduate Year 1: 18 credits at $799 per credit = $14,382
  • Graduate Year 2:  18 credits at $799 per credit = $14,382

King's College does not provide financial aid to graduate students. However, graduate students can apply for federal and state financial aid and for private loans. You are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid, if you have questions about tuition and fees. Phone: 570-208-5876 | Email:

The following are additional fees and expenses for the MSNS not included with tuition:

  • Laptop computer: $1,500
  • Textbooks and required software/apps: $2,000

Contact Us

Diane M. DellaValle, Ph.D, R.D.N., L.D.N.
Program Director, Graduate Nutrition Programs
(570) 208-5900 ext. 5444