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New Partnership for MSNS Online Degree Program

New Partnership for MSNS Online Degree Program

MSNS Online Degree Program is Partnering with edX

January, 2020

The department of Nutritional Sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with edX to make UT's Nutritional Sciences Master's degree offerings available on the edX platform. The MSNS program is designed to prepare graduates to work in community or education nutrition, corporate health and food production, or to expand the knowledge of current health professionals. With this new partnership we are going to be able to make our program more easily accessible for students around the world.

Currently our MSNS online program is ranked  #5 Best Online Master's in Nutrition Degree Program and is priced at $22,500. We are excited to build upon our partnership with edX, which has been partner of UT since 2012. Nutritional Sciences is the second department in UT Austin's College of Natural Sciences to join the edX platform; last year, the Department of Computer Science began enrolling students in a Master of Computer Science online program also offered through edX.

Careers in health education, nutrition and dietetics increasingly require master's-level graduate coursework and a master's degree will be required for newly credentialed registered dietitians beginning in 2024. UT Austin began offering qualified applicants the opportunity to receive a high-quality master's degree in nutritional sciences entirely online for those seeking an alternative to the residential program. The new partnership with edX increases accessibility to the MS in Nutritional Sciences from UT Austin.

"Many areas of the health sector expect a level of sophistication in understanding nutritional science," said Molly Bray, UT Austin chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences. "Employers increasingly expect future leaders in their organizations to have completed rigorous graduate coursework, and that is what we offer at UT Austin."

Our MSNS program offers curriculum in two separate tracks. Students can opt to concentrate either in health promotion and disease prevention or in biochemical and functional nutrition. Students also take foundational classes in macronutrients, micronutrients, research methods, applied statistics and molecular nutrition before entering a concentration.

The 30-credit-hour program is typically completed in two years or less. To qualify, students must have a bachelor's degree in an area related to science or nutrition. Applications now are being accepted through July 15 for the fall semester.