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The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Tufts University

  • Boston, MA
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 90%10%
    student ratio
  • 220
    total students
  • $29,391 | $29,391
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition


The Friedman School at Tufts University

Faculty and students at the Friedman School are engaged in some of the most pressing issues our society faces: What new scientific research will help us understand how to make the best use of diminishing global resources? How can access to more accurate information help people make better choices about what they eat? How can governments and non-governmental organizations work together to ensure that people in stressed environments have enough nutritious food?

The Friedman School provides a unique environment where experts from the areas of social and public policy, biomedicine and clinical nutrition engage in far-ranging multidisciplinary inquiry. The faculty includes anthropologists, biomedical scientists, economists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, physicians and political scientists--all working together to address large and complex nutrition issues worldwide.

The Friedman is the only independent graduate school of nutrition in North America home to many unique program not offered anywhere else in the United States.

Master's and Doctoral Programs

Tufts Friedman School is internationally recognized as a leader in academic excellence, recently being placed first in the National Academies of Science rankings of nutrition doctoral programs among peer institutions such as Harvard, Cornell, University of California, Davis and University of North Carolina. The school offers degrees that span the full breadth of disciplines within the profession.

All degree programs prepare students to fulfill the mission of the school --to improve the nutritional wellbeing of individuals, communities and nations worldwide.

Online and Blended Learning Degree

The Master of Nutrition Science and Policy (MNSP) "blended learning" degree program spans the biological aspects of nutrition, the design and impact of nutrition programs, and applied analytical methods used to solve nutrition and lifestyle related problems and challenges. Following the closely-held Friedman School tenet that nutrition affects whole populations and regions, the program also extends into domestic and global policy areas that affect both nutrition and food security. This hybrid learning program is the only US-based nutrition program taught in a combination of online and on campus learning, making it possible to earn a Tufts University degree while living and working anywhere in the world.

This program is ideal for professionals seeking career advancement or continuing education, those working in community-based or international nutrition programs, persons relatively new to the field of nutrition, and for individuals looking to further their understanding of nutrition so they may have a positive impact on their communities. The program combines online learning with three intensive residencies annually on the Tufts Boston campus.

Students may complete the program in as few as 16 months, but have the option to attend part time to accommodate work and personal commitments. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for complete information about the program, attend an online information session or visit the website to download a brochure and view a brief video about the degree.

Residential Degree Programs

The Friedman School offers seven degree programs on the Boston campus that span multiple disciples within the broad fields of nutrition science and policy. Below are brief descriptions of each program:

Agriculture, Food and Environment: This program fuses the disciplines of nutrition, agricultural science, environmental studies, and public policy. Students may pursue M.S., Ph.D. and combined degree programs. The program includes community service and internship placements, and opportunities to participate in research on sustainable agriculture, local food systems, and consumer behavior related to food and the environment.

Food Policy and Applied Nutrition: FPAN offers a multidisciplinary curriculum in nutrition science, statistics, economics, and food policy. Graduates from the M.S. and Ph.D., programs possess the knowledge to make an impact on food and nutrition programs and policies in the US and worldwide. Three specializations; Food Policy and Economics, Nutrition Interventions, and Humanitarian Assistance, provide advanced theoretical and applied preparation for positions in government, research institutions, international agencies, the nonprofit sector, and the food and agricultural industries.

Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance: MAHA is a one-year joint degree offered by the Friedman School and Tufts' Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Geared toward mid-career professionals who have significant field experience in humanitarian assistance, the program offers an academic setting where professionals can develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of nutrition, food policy, and economic, political and social development as they relate to humanitarian action in complex emergencies.

Nutrition Communication: Nutrition Communication offers a two-year program in partnership with the Tufts Master's Program in Health Communication, in collaboration with the Emerson College School of Communication, Management and Public Policy. It is designed to prepare graduates for job opportunities available to professionals trained to effectively communicate sound nutrition information. The program combines the expertise of Tufts' faculty and the unique skills of health communication experts at Emerson College.

Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition: BMN is designed to train nutrition scientists whose interests are in the fundamental understanding of biochemical, physiological and molecular processes in nutrition. The relationship with other programs within the school, as well as with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the School of Medicine, the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, the Tufts Medical Center, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and Tufts University Graduate Program in Arts and Sciences provides a rich environment for collaborative and cross-discipline instruction.

Master of Science/Dietetic Internship: The Frances Stern Nutrition Center Combined MS/DI focuses on Clinical Nutrition and includes provision of nutrition care to individuals, development of nutrition programs for population groups, management of financial resources, marketing of services and products related to practice, teaching dietitians and professionals/students, conducting research, and nutrition therapy management of food. Graduates are competent entry-level dietitians with a strong scientific foundation in nutrition therapy, coupled with hands-on experience in relevant areas of dietetic practice.

Nutritional Epidemiology: This program, which offers both master's and doctoral degrees, is designed to train students in the design, implementation, and analysis of epidemiologic studies that address questions of dietary intake and nutritional status. The relationship with other programs within the school; with the Tufts University School of Medicine, the Tufts Medical Center, and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, provides a rich environment for collaborative and cross-discipline instruction. Students who complete the Nutritional Epidemiology program will graduate with the necessary analytical, technical, and communication skills required for preeminent research and teaching positions in academics and government.

Fully-Online Graduate Certificate Programs

The Friedman School recognizes the need for working professionals to pursue continued education while maintaining their current positions. Many early to mid-career professionals find themselves in rewarding positions, but require the targeted knowledge found in the Friedman School Nutrition Certificates.

Currently the Friedman School offers three certificates that meet the needs of professionals who wish to deepen their knowledge in order to advance in their careers: (1) Nutrition Science for Communications Professionals, (2) Delivery Science for International Nutrition, and (3) Evidence-based Humanitarian Assistance.

Each certificate is made up of three courses. All courses are all taught by Tufts faculty, and every course is held to the same academic standards and rigor as those taught live on the Boston campus. The certificate takes one year to complete. Full information and applications may be found on the website.


Visit the School's website for more information on specific programs, or contact Stacy Herman, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, 617-636-3711

Location & Contact

The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Tufts University

150 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
United States

Ms. Stacey Herman

Richard Moyer

Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 617-636-0864

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Nutrition Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Biochemical And Molecular Nutrition Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Food Policy And Applied Nutrition Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Nutritional Epidemiology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Agriculture, Food And Environment Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Humanitarian Assistance Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA)
    • Nutrition Communication Master of Science (MS)
    • Dietetic Internship Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 53
    • Doctoral Degrees 12
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


45% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 268
    • Accepted 123
    • Acceptance Rate 45
    • Enrolled 62
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$29,391
    • Out-of-state tuition *$29,391
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$730.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students220
    • Female Percentage90%
    • Male Percentage10%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students220
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Full-time Percentage95%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American1%
    • White / Caucasian74%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown14%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty110
    • Full-time Percentage11%
    • Part-time Percentage89%
    • Female Percentage48%
    • Male Percentage52%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNutritional biochemistry and metabolism, cell and molecular biochemistry, epidemiology, policy/planning, applied nutrition
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$6,770,000



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