Nutrition, M.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Program Description

Students may obtain training in many aspects of nutrition and in the biological or social sciences related to nutrition. For those preparing for laboratory experimentation in nutrition, minors in biochemistry, molecular biology or genetics usually are recommended, although other minors may be chosen. Students interested in community and international nutrition have access to active programs that provide opportunity for field experience in the United States or abroad.

Faculty members in various colleges and divisions of the university who have interests in nutrition constitute the faculty in this field. Graduate students may study with faculty members in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, the Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Fields of Animal Science and Food Science and Technology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Contact Information

Phone: 607 255-2628

B19 Savage Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • animal nutrition
  • communnity nutrition
  • human nutirtion
  • international nutrition
  • molecular nutrition


2015-2016 $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Jan. 10; Spring, Oct. 1

Requirements Summary:

An adequate background in chemistry and biology is essential for advanced study in nutrition, particularly in areas involving laboratory experimentation. Additional training in nutrition, food science, physiology, and microbiology is recommended. For study relating to community aspects of nutrition, courses in the social sciences are important. Applicants with background deficiencies should correct most deficiencies before applying to the graduate program; organic chemistry and biochemistry are required for admission. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores.

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • prior courses in organic chemistry with lab, biochemistry, and physiology