2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Nutrition Degrees

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These 20 online colleges offer the most affordable degrees in nutrition, ranging in annual tuition from $5,640 to $13,960. Half of these schools have tuitions for less than $10,000. Degrees offered cover a wide range of nutrition specializations, such as Food Science, Dietetics, Family and Consumer Sciences, Holistic Nutrition, and more.

All schools considered for this ranking needed to offer at least one nutrition degree in a fully online format at the bachelor's level or higher. A full methodology can be viewed here.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Nutrition Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $5,640 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 University of Kansas Annual Tuition $6,000 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#3 #3 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $6,982 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#4 #4 South Dakota State University Annual Tuition $7,762 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#5 #5 Iowa State University Annual Tuition $8,303 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 American College of Healthcare Sciences Annual Tuition $8,550 Nutrition Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#7 #7 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $8,628 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#8 #8 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $9,540 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 University of Alabama Annual Tuition $10,170 Nutrition Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#10 #10 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $10,432 Nutrition Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#11 #11 Rowan University Annual Tuition $10,725 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $11,340 Nutrition Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#13 #13 Nova Southeastern University Annual Tuition $11,550 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#14 #14 University of Northern Colorado Annual Tuition $12,000 Nutrition Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 University of Memphis Annual Tuition $12,223 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 Morehead State University Annual Tuition $12,660 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#17 #17 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $13,310 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#18 #18 Northeastern University Annual Tuition $13,838 Nutrition Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $13,960 Nutrition Degrees: Master's and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The master’s degree in nutrition from the University of North Dakota features a specialization in nutrition education and counseling. It is aimed at students who plan to work in nutrition roles caring for underprivileged communities. The curriculum teaches students to assess the needs of diverse populations in order to better educate them on nutrition as well as to determine the success of such programs. The 32-credit program includes courses like Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Micronutrients, Nutrition Education and Program Planning, and Health Policy.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Registered Dieticians can enroll in the online master’s program at Louisiana Tech University—either with a thesis or a non-thesis option. However, both programs require a final research project. Through education and research, students will learn to serve individuals, families, and communities with their knowledge of nutrition. The curriculum requires courses like Nutritional Management of Cardiovascular Disease, Nutritional Management of Diabetes, and Research Methodology. The college also offers a graduate certificate in dietetics. This short-term program requires only five courses and can be applied toward the master’s program as well.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The University of Kansas offers an online master’s degree program in dietetics and nutrition. The curriculum covers everything from clinical and behavioral aspects of nutrition to biochemical aspects. A master’s degree can help students advance and expand their job opportunities, with the chance to become researchers or managers in the field of nutrition. Required courses include Micronutrients in Human Nutrition, Foods Writing for Professionals, and Functional Foods for Chronic Disease Prevention. With a low cost tuition, this program provides high quality that is still affordable.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,982
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

At Mississippi State University, the online master’s degree in food science, nutrition, and health promotion comes with a concentration in nutrition. Students will be required to take classes like Analysis of Food Products, Nutrition and Chronic Disease, Social-Cultural Aspects of Food, and Medical Nutrition Therapy. Students are required to complete a dietetic internship as well, but they can work with facility to find clinical and nutritional settings near them. On-site experience helps enhance the skills and understanding of techniques and concepts learned in classes. Tuition for the online program is currently set at less than $7,000 per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,762
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The online master’s program in dietetics from South Dakota State—which is offered by the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA)—is intended for registered dieticians or those eligible for the exam. Requiring a total of 36 units, the master’s program includes courses like Current Trends in Dietetics Practices, Vitamins and Minerals in Human Nutrition, and Research Methods in Dietetics. Advisors will work with students to determine the best nutrition electives to finish out the program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,303
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

For just over $8,000 annually, students can obtain an online Master of Family and Consumer Sciences in Dietetics. In addition to research skills and knowledge of relevant information on food and nutrition, students can expect to learn new ways to think as well as how to analyze human behavior and apply it to nutrition programs. In addition to a statistics course, a research methods course, and a trends course, students must take seven elective classes of their choice. Choose from topics like Maternal and Child Nutrition, Nutrition Education in the Community, Obesity Across the Lifespan, Healthcare Administration, International Nutrition and World Hunger, and Food Production Management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

The master’s degree offered by the American College of Healthcare Sciences is in holistic nutrition—a different take on the topic of nutrition. It focuses on the importance of a holistic lifestyle to reduce healthcare costs and promote longevity. As natural food continues to gain popularity, there is more and more demand for those who specialize in nutrition. Required classes include Stress Management and Emotional Health, Anatomy & Physiology, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Pathology and Protocols.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,628
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The online master’s in dietetics from the North Dakota State University offers graduate training in the topic of nutrition via the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). For under $9,000 per year, students can take courses in nutrition, health, aging, education, wellness, statistics, writing, leadership, management, obesity, herbal supplements, and culture. With such a varied curriculum, students will be well prepared for a career in the field of nutrition. They will also learn from a variety of faculty members from various universities within the alliance.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,540
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

For Registered Dieticians, or those eligible for the exam, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers an online master’s degree program in dietetics. As another school within the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), students will learn from various professors from other schools within the alliance and can take courses from universities within the alliance as well. Required courses include Food Writing for Professionals, Functional Foods for Chronic Disease Prevention, Phytochemicals, Food Culture, and International Nutrition & World Hunger.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

The University of Alabama’s Bama by Distance program offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs online. These programs are one of only three distance-learning modules that has earned accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Students will take classes in Intro to Food Service Management, Nutrition Care Process, and Medical Nutrition Therapy. The master’s program is a human environmental sciences degree with a concentration in human nutrition. With courses like Nutrition Support for the Critically Ill, Advanced Nutrition Education, and Nutritional Epidemiology, it helps students go more in-depth in nutrition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,432
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

An online Master of Food & Nutrition from Bowling Green State University has an annual tuition of $10,432, putting it in the center of our most affordable list. In addition to nutrition science, students will learn about nutrition counseling for individuals and communities. The flexible online system makes it easy to work while you’re going to school. Required courses include Family and Community Nutrition, Micronutrients Through the Life Span, and Macronutrients for Human Nutrition. In addition, the university offers a food and nutrition certificate, which requires only four classes including Advanced Clinical Nutrition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,725
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Earn a master’s in wellness and lifestyle management from Rowan University. This fully online degree will help nutrition students work with clients who wish to improve their health. Courses include Wellness through the Lifecycle, Program Planning in Health Promotion, Wellness Coaching and Behavior Change, and more. This program requires student complete ten courses.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

For just over $11,000 per year, Liberty University offers an online master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in nutrition. The program will focus on the importance of health and nutrition as well as the why to advance you education. As students go through the master’s curriculum, courses will discuss local and global impact, food-borne illnesses, health disorders, and disease prevention. With only 42 required units, classes include Principles of Epidemiology, Public Health Administration, and Performance Nutrition for the Physically Active. Additionally, the college offers a graduate certificate in nutrition, which teaches how to improve peoples’ quality of life through nutrition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

For an annual tuition rate of $11,550, students can complete an online master’s degree in nutrition. The program, which is relatively new at the school, teaches knowledge in a field that continues to grow. Students must choose from either a community nutrition track or a sports nutrition track. Real-world techniques are coupled with technology, and include courses like Nutritional Counseling and Nutritional Biochemistry. The community nutrition emphasis also requires the Psychology of Eating and Models of Health Behavior while sports nutrition requires Nutrition and Exercise Performance, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Wellness and Weight Management, and Dietary and Sports Supplements.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

The online bachelor’s program at the University of Northern Colorado has tuition of an even $12,000 per year. The program is designed for students interested in public health that don’t want to become Registered Dieticians. This is the ideal program for anyone interested in becoming a personal trainer, a counselor, a food service manager, or those applying for physician assistant school. Students completing this bachelor’s program will take basic general education courses as well as Medical Terminology, Community Nutrition, and Scientific Writing.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,223
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

For an online master’s program in environmental nutrition, consider enrolling in the University of Memphis. The program requires 43 units in courses like Professional Issues in Nutrition, Cellular Nutrition, Research Methods, and Nutrition in Acute and Chronic Illness. In order to gain real-world experience, the program also requires an internship or other type of supervised practice in the job field. Tuition costs just over $12,000 per year, but Graduate Assistantships (GA) may help eliminate out-of-state tuition for the first three semesters.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

The online Wellness Promotion is a virtual master’s degree that offers students a well-rounded education that could potentially prepare them for a variety of careers. With information on health promotion, students are able to work in settings like university wellness centers, health departments, and YMCAs. They can also find jobs in hospitals and clinics. A thesis is required in addition to a research project. There are one-year and two-year programs available, and both include required courses like Epidemiology and Managing Wellness Programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,310
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE

The fully accredited online master’s program at University of Massachusetts-Amherst is designed for those already working in the nutrition field. It provides a specialized program that has a broad background in public health as well as targeted instruction in nutrition. Courses include Introductory Biostatistics, Application of Social and Behavioral Theories in Public Health Interventions, Nutritional Problems in the U.S., and Nutritional Assessment. Students also choose an extra elective class and must complete a capstone project.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,838
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE

Exclusively online, Northeastern University’s master’s programs in applied nutrition are targeted at those who have bachelor’s degrees in fields like dietetics or health science. To build upon their undergraduate knowledge, they will take core courses including Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism, Clinical Health Behavior Change, and Medical Nutrition Therapy. Various concentrations include Business and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Nutrition Education, Nutrition and Fitness, or Obesity and Nutritional Health.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Students at the University of Southern Mississippi can complete a master’s program or a certificate program in nutrition entirely online. The master’s program gives students a degree in nutrition and food systems that focuses on child nutrition and dietetics. While there are thesis and non-thesis options, both tracks require only 36 units. Students enrolled full-time will finish in one to two years taking courses like Current Topics in Child Nutrition Programs, Financial Management in Nutrition and Food Systems, and Food Production Management. Their graduate certificate offers a chance to learn about the management of child nutrition, designed for school nutrition directors or school district managers. The program requires six courses including The Nutrition of Children and Child Nutrition Program Management.

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