Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program: M.S. Degree Objectives

What are the learning goals in this program?

Students completing the MS in Nutrition at Cornell University can expect to meet the following learning objectives:

  • Expand your knowledge of the field of nutritional sciences
    ~ You will gain an understanding of nutrients and broad aspects of nutritional sciences.
    ~ You will be able to identify and understand gaps in knowledge & relevant literature.
  • Improve and strengthen your research skills
    ~ You will contribute to original research by working directly with a Cornell faculty member.
    ~ You will develop skills to analyze and critically evaluate your own data as well as the evidence presented by others.
  • You will develop effective oral and written communication skills
    ~ You will improve your skill in formulating and presenting oral arguments that use evidence based points-of-view, research findings related to the research conducted, and/or existing literature.
    ~ You will develop listening skills, including the ability to give and receive feedback effectively.
    ~ You will compose and defend a written work that coherently presents research findings of your Masters thesis work.

What does the program of study include, what courses are required for the M.S. program in Human Nutrition, Global Food Systems or Individualized tracks?

Students completing the MS in Nutrition at Cornell University can expect to follow a schedule similar to the below example. A common set of core courses is supplemented by electives specific to each track. Below is an example from one of the three tracks: Global Food Systems.

NS Masterts sample schedule

The dietetics track includes the accredited Cornell DI in the first year with core and elective courses and the thesis completed in the second year. A sample schedule follows.