Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is required for admission to the Benedictine University Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness program?
A. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in a life science (such as biology, nutrition or dietetics, nursing, health, exercise physiology) or physical science (chemistry, biochemistry). This master's degree program is a life science–based nutrition and wellness degree.

Q. What are the nutrition and science course prerequisites for the program (with a grade of C or better)?

  • Physiology (requires principles of biology as a prerequisite). A single combined anatomy and physiology course will count towards this requirement.
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry (requires introductory or general chemistry and organic chemistry as prerequisites)
  • Statistics (math-based)
  • Basic nutrition at the 200 level or greater
  • A basic course in research principles is recommended

Q. What academic credentials are required for admission to the program?
A. We require a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 and a GRE score in the 30th percentile or higher in each section (verbal, quantitative, analytical).

Q. Is there a GRE exemption policy?
A. Applicants who have completed an advanced degree (master, doctoral) in the United States are exempt from the GRE requirement. Registered dietitians, nurses and physicians who provide a certified copy of their credential status or current licensure certificate are also exempt.

Q. What is the time commitment for the online MS in Nutrition and Wellness courses?
A. In general, plan on spending about 15 to 20 hours a week on your coursework.

Q. How long does it take to complete the MSNW program?
A. Students can complete the program in about two-and-a-half years.

Q. Will I need to visit the main campus? 
A. You will do all the required MSNW online education coursework via the Internet. Some students may elect to participate in an internship, which will be arranged in consultation with your advisor at a facility that is convenient to your location.

Q. What kind of support does Benedictine University offer its students? 
A. Technical support for the online program is available 24/7.

Q. Is Benedictine University accredited? 
A. Yes. Benedictine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500,Chicago, IL 60604; 800-621-7440;, one of the six regional accreditation agencies in the U.S.

Have more questions? Call us about the Benedictine University nutrition and wellness degree online at (866) 295-3104 to speak to an Admissions Advisor or request more information.