Master of Science in Nutrition:
Online Non-thesis Option

Students enrolled in the online MS program experience an environment that matches a regular face-to-face program. Lecture videos and other course material are posted online, assignments can be completed at home and exams can be taken in a proctored environment where the student is located. Students also have the opportunity to interact with other students and faculty through online Discussion boards. The curriculum requires 33 credit hours of coursework, which includes 5 credit hours of non-thesis research.

The online Master of Nutrition program (Distance education option) is a non-thesis degree that offers advanced training in human nutritional sciences for new and experienced professionals in nutrition. It prepares students at an advanced level and provides graduates with advanced knowledge, expanded skills, lifelong learning, and professional leadership to pursue a wide range of career options including nutrition and health programs, consulting, and business.



This program is accredited by the Alabama Commission of Higher Education, which is recognized by the U.S Department of Education.


The curriculum requires 33 credit hours of coursework, which includes 5 credit hours of non-thesis research. Students have the option to select electives with an emphasis in Nutrition Science, Clinical Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, or Community Nutrition.

Course Delivery

The majority of courses are delivered via technologies such as the Internet or webcasting. Students with access to the appropriate technology may access these courses from their homes or other locations. Our online courses make use of asynchronous scheduling, which means that can access and view lecture videos and PowerPoint presentations at their own convenience. Students participate in Discussion groups, chat, and online presentations, and interact extensively with instructors and their peers. Assignments are most commonly submitted via email, or online, and tests are often administered via a proctor at a site convenient to the student or as a take-home exam. Auburn University provides a robust learning environment for online courses through its learning management system Canvas Instructure.

Program Costs

Total distance learning fee per credit hour is $533 (Tuition: $450 per credit hour + Fees: $83/credit hour) regardless of the student’s geographic location. Therefore, the cost of a 3-credit course is $1,599 or $17,589 for the entire program. Program requires an Application fee of $60 for domestic students, Graduation fees of $25 (register for UNIV7AA0 graduating semester), and a clearing Graduation fee $450, as needed (if you are not registered for any course the semester you wish to graduate). These costs are subject to change each year with the approval of the Auburn University Board of Trustees.

Financial Assistance

Students who need financial assistance may apply for student loans through the Auburn University Financial Aid office. Students must be enrolled in at least five semester hours to qualify for financial aid. Scholarships are available for on-campus students only.

Technology Requirements

Most current PC/Mac or laptop models will meet basic minimum hardware requirements with little or no configuration upgrades. Newer versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Acrobat Professional, Microsoft Office Professional (for PC or for Mac), and antivirus software will be required.

Tentative Plan of Study

Full-time enrollment: minimum of 9 credits, includes summer semester:

Fall Spring Summer
Year '01 NTRI 7506: Minerals (3)

NTRI 7536: Human Nutrient Metabolism (4)

NTRI 7056: Methods of Research (2)
NTRI 7516: Vitamins (3)

NTRI 7536: Macronutrients (4)

NTRI 6106: Nutrition in Disease Prevention (2) or Elective
ERMA 7306: Design and Analysis in Education I (3)

NTRI 8976: Advanced Topics (3) or Elective

NTRI 7856: Research Seminar (1)

NTRI 7986: Non-thesis Research (2)
Year '02 NTRI 7986: Non-thesis Research (3)

NTRI 6826: Nutrition in the Life Cycle (3) or Elective

Electives offered

A variety of courses are offered that can be tailored to the interests of the graduate student.

Emphasis: Community Nutrition:
  • ADED 7606: Nature of Adult Education
  • ADED 7646: Workforce Education
  • ADED 7626: Concepts, Programs, and Resources in Adult Education
  • CTCT 7016: Youth Program Development
  • EDLD 8406: Ethics for Leaders
Emphasis: Nutrition Science:
  • NTRI 7936: Advanced Independent Study
  • NTRI 7966: Special Problems
  • FSC 6156: Food Laws and Regulations
  • CHEN 6806: Biomedical Engineering
Emphasis: Sports Nutrition:
  • KINE 7406: Advanced Anatomical Principles
  • KINE 7416: Advanced Anatomical Principles Lab
Emphasis: Clinical Nutrition:
  • NTRI 7936: Advanced Independent Study
  • NTRI 7966: Special Problems