Nutritional Sciences M.S.

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences (MCBS) offers the Master of Science degree in nutritional sciences; and in conjunction with animal science faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, a Ph.D. in animal and nutritional sciences.  MCBS also offers a post graduate internship in dietetics.    

Information on these programs is described below and at the Graduate School Course Catalog web site.

Degree Programs Offered: M.S., Ph.D.

The graduate program includes the M.S. degree in nutritional sciences, or a Ph.D. degree in animal and nutritional sciences. Areas of research specialization include human nutrition, mammalian physiology and pathology, nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, reproduction and endocrinology. Research activities utilize human, animal, and cell culture systems to investigate nutrient metabolism and a molecular-level understanding of life processes and diseases.

Dietetic Internship Program

In addition to degree-granting programs, the UNH Nutrition Program offers an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) approved dietetic internship program. The emphasis of the internship is on "Health Promotion and Disease Prevention." In addition to the more than 1,200 hours of practicum work, students earn 16 graduate-level credits as part of the internship.  These credits may be applied to a master's degree if the candidate is accepted into the graduate program at UNH.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the M.S. or Ph.D. program will be expected to present recent (within five years) general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and possess a background in basic sciences appropriate for advanced study in the proposed area of specialization (for example, courses in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and physics). Although not required for candidacy in the Ph.D. program, an M.S. degree is suggested for most students. The student's committee may require certain undergraduate courses as part of the graduate program if additional competencies would be beneficial to the student. Students interested in preparing themselves for admittance to a dietetic internship while pursuing the graduate degree, should contact Dr. Andre Brito in advance of applying (862-1341; Andre.Brito@unh.edu) in order to determine their best course of action.

Degree Requirements

M.S. in Nutritional Sciences-Thesis Option

With this option, students must become actively engaged in a research project related to the nutritional sciences and gain a comprehensive understanding of nutritional science through coursework. The option emphasizes active participation in original hypothesis-driven research of publishable quality. This option is for students who anticipate a professional career involving research or discovery, with a strong background in the basic biology and chemistry of nutrition. This path may be most appropriate for students who expect to pursue further advanced study, i.e., additional graduate studies or professional school, after graduation.

The program of study must include a minimum of 30 graduate credits and completion of a Master's Thesis based on a research project. Six credits of thesis research (NUTR 899) are required. No more than 4 credits of investigations (NUTR 995) can apply. Each candidate must present at least two seminars (exclusive of the thesis defense) and must serve as a teaching assistant for at least one semester. A thesis committee will be appointed early in the program and consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty; one of these will be the primary mentor. Students will design a program of study in close consultation with their thesis committee, including their academic courses and scientific research project. Candidates will be required to pass an oral examination based on graduate courses and completed thesis.

Thesis degree students are required to present two formal seminars during their program of study.

Ph.D. in Animal and Nutritional Sciences

For a description and list of courses offered, please click here.

Questions? Contact:

André Brito, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Keener Dairy Research Building
Keener Dairy Research Building
30 O'Kane Road
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 
603-862-1341