M.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition

Master of Science in Food Science & Human Nutrition

The Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition offers graduate students the opportunity to earn an M.S. through UMaineOnline. The Human Nutrition and Food Technology concentration is a non-thesis option providing students with broad knowledge in the fields of Food Science and Human Nutrition while emphasizing professional development, research, and communication. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary for success as food industry and nutrition professionals. With the combined Human Nutrition and Food Technology option delivered completely online, working professionals can take advantage of the flexibility of course scheduling, working around their busy lives.


  • 30 credit hours, typically taking two years to complete
  • Other courses offered are not eligible for the online tuition discount and may not be applied towards the degree or a graduate certificate.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate.

Core Courses

The following courses are required (12 credits):

  • FSN 501: Advanced Human Nutrition (3 credits)
  • FSN 502: Food Preservation (3 credits)
  • FSN 524: Responsible Design, Conduct and Analysis of Research (3 credits)
  • FSN 543: Communication in Nutrition and Food Technology


The following courses are required electives (18 credits):

  • FSN 506: Nutritional Assessment (3 credits)
  • FSN 538: Fermented Foods & Probiotics (3 credits)
  • FSN 545: Utilization of Aquatic Food Resources (3 credits)
  • FSN 555: Organic & Natural Foods (3 credits)
  • FSN 585: Principles of Sensory Analysis (3 credits)
  • FSN 603: Nutrient Changes in the Food System (3 credits)



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Two college-level courses in Chemistry (1 year)
  • Two college-level courses in Biology (1 year)
  • One college-level introductory nutrition course (recommended but not required)
  • For international applicants, a TOEFL score of at least 88

Application Materials

We have rolling admissions so you can apply and be accepted into the program at any time. The admission evaluation process begins once we’ve received all of your application materials. Before you apply, please directly contact the Food Science and Human Nutrition faculty whose interests are similar to yours to discuss possible research and coursework.  When you’re ready to apply, please review the application instructions and submit the following:

  • An online application
  • Official academic transcripts
  • TOEFL scores (if necessary)
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Contact Us

Have questions about earning your M.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at umaineonline@maine.edu.

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Our faculty are dedicated to providing quality undergraduate and graduate education. Faculty and staff conduct both basic and applied research, using human and animal nutrition models, as well as studies in the areas of fruit and vegetable products, food safety, seafood quality, and product development. Faculty members maintain valuable partnerships with the food industry, health care and community settings throughout Maine and conduct collaborative research with colleagues within the state, the nation and around the globe.

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