Benedictine University: Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness

Benedictine University’s Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness program prepares students to become vital ingredients in community-based nutrition and wellness programs. Designed for those who want to help others and make a positive difference for their communities, this program develops one’s applied knowledge on preventative and health promotion concerns to diverse populations across the lifespan. The approach is evidence-based, fostering development of skills in evaluating the outcomes of research studies, such as health and nutrition interventions.

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness program provides a powerful foundation in nutrition science and wellness knowledge and applications. This degree serves as a portal to careers in health promotion and risk reduction, and community education. Students may choose from two concentrations, which are: Nutrition Entrepreneurship and Health Education and Promotion.

More information about the program mission and objectives can be found here.

Admission and Application Requirements

The admissions process for this degree program is conducted throughout the year. Students typically begin their courses for the program in summer or fall as part of a cohort. The admission and application requirements for Benedictine University are as follows:

  • Applications are expected to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0-point scale.
  • References
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Letter of application/personal statement
  • Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended
  • GRE scores are optional but welcomed: Target scores for the GRE are at the 30th percentile for each section. Without the GRE included, more weight will be on references on the letter of application.

The application schedule below is for interns who are applying to the Be Well Solutions Dietetic Internship MS/DI Pathway:

Application Period Graduate School Application Deadline Graduate School Decision Deadline
Fall Match September 25 October 25
Spring Match February 15 March 22

More information about admission and application requirements can be found here.


Tuition and Financial Aid

More information about tuition and financial aid for Benedictine University can be found here.

MS + DI Curriculum Timeline

The curriculum timeline for both Spring and Fall Match can be found here.

Students typically enroll in one course at a time (eight weeks) with two courses per semester term, and 3 terms per year, completing the degree in less than two years. However, students who start in the fall can complete this degree in as few as 16 months by completing more courses per semester. Since applicants with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition or dietetics have completed upper level nutrition courses and related science courses prior to entry, these students can double up on courses to complete the degree in one year.

Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

To graduate from Benedictine University’s MS program, students must complete 33 semester hours of graduate coursework. This includes 18 hours of foundation nutrition courses and 15 hours in a concentration. Find more information about graduation and program completion requirements here.

Contact Information

Any questions about the Benedictine University + BWS DI MS/DI Pathway may be sent to or