The Master of Science in Nutrition at Appalachian

The national conversation about health and wellness continues to grow as more and more seek out consumer-friendly, relevant and accurate information about nutrition and the food we eat.

With the nation’s increasing emphasis on the role of nutrition in living healthier lives, new opportunities are rapidly emerging for professionals trained and skilled in this important arena  of the health care industry and careers. Now is the time to enhance your skills for helping others improve their quality of life.

The Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition offered online through Appalachian State University will help you develop an understanding of the relationship between nutrition and human health that you can use to to start a new career or advance to higher levels in your current position. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Food and Nutrition field is expected to increase 21 percent from 2012-2022.

Perfect for working professionals and adults, this nutrition program connects you with distinguished faculty that will work with you to develop research skills, stimulate independent thought and provide up-to-date knowledge in food, wellness and public health.

Distance Education at Appalachian: Keep your lifeā€¦ Change your future.


  • Nutrition epidemiologist
  • Worksite wellness director
  • Director of food and nutrition services
  • WIC or SNAP director

Degree details

Program information

  • Completion time: Two years, with classes year-round
  • Coursework will be delivered online in two formats:
    • Asynchronous: Coursework may be completed on the student's own schedule, except for individualized online meetings with the instructor.
    • Synchronous: Up to once per week, students may be required to meet with their classmates and course instructor in a virtual, real-time classroom setting.

Eligibility and application requirements


Applicants must:

  • hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from GRE or GMAT.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed online application to the graduate school
  • Resume
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement including career goals and personal experience in health care
  • GRE or GMAT test scores no older than five years
  • Three letters of reference pertaining to academic ability, professional competence and personal character


Semester Start Application Deadline


July 1