Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition

Total Credits Completed

Nutrition State Law Disclosures

if you are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition or dietetics, you should consult with the appropriate state board to assure that your credentials will allow you to achieve your professional goals. Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. You can also view more information for each state online here. Please note this degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator at this time. [1]

Program Overview

The mission of the MS in Holistic Nutrition degree program is to provide professional holistic nutrition and physical health recommendations from which community programming and client education can be based. The MS in Holistic Nutrition program offers students a focused training in advanced applied holistic nutrition. There is an emphasis on integrating holistic nutrition research and coaching skills to prepare graduates for direct application of holistic nutrition theory, science and concepts in holistic health lifestyle planning for optimal health.

Holistic nutrition is the foundation to any holistic health lifestyle plan for optimal health, and the demand for nutrition education and nutrition professionals has increased. There are a number of factors that fuel this demand, including increasing research of efficacy, dissatisfaction with allopathic models (particularly for chronic health problems), and an aging population. The Bureau of Labor and Industries projects employment of dietitians and nutritionists to grow 16% from 2014 to 2024.[2]


Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) (
Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit the Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition exam offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (, entitling successful candidates to use the following designations: Certi

Learning Outcomes

Describe the current theories and best practices in holistic nutrition
Locate, analyze, and explain current scientific literature in holistic nutrition, prevention, and wellness industries
Explain appropriate holistic nutrition protocols to clients, consumers, and the public  
Evaluate, generate, and implement best practices for evidence-based holistic nutrition protocols with clients, fellow practitioners, consumers, and the public
Assist with designing and planning appropriate clinical studies elucidating the underlying mechanisms of action of holistic nutrition protocols, facilitating their integration into conventional medical care, and stimulating professionalism, integrity, and
Identify and explain the mechanical and biochemical changes caused by a variety of diseases or imbalances
Differentiate system imbalances, identify particular ailments, and develop individualized holistic nutrition recommendations clients and consumers can use to restore wellness
Outline the steps to set up a business, including insurance, management, legal issues, ethics, keeping records, listening and observation skills, informed consent, marketing, business planning, and wellness counseling
Prepare for and pass the national board certification examination of National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), administered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board
Learn and abide by the code of ethics and scope of practice as set for by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals
Identify and explain advocacy roles in the holistic nutrition industry, including policy making, academic research, manufacturing, and leadership

Career Goals:

  • Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Educator, Writer, or Speaker
  • Holistic Nutrition Consultant within Community Health Organizations, Government, Residential Care Facilities, Schools, Prisons, Community Wellness programs, Retirement Villages, Old Age Homes, Frail Care Centers, Nursing Homes and Home Healthcare Agencies
  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Holistic Health Educator [1], Writer, or Speaker
  • Health or Holistic Nutrition Coach
  • Wellness Coach
  • Lifestyle coach or consultant
  • Health Care Industry Assistant - Day Spa, Holistic Retreat, Spa facility
  • Administrative or support role in any company in the health care industry such as medical center, fitness or wellness center, private practice yoga studio, natural food store, restaurant or educational facility.
  • Customer service role within the health care industry
  • Sales associate role within the health care industry
  • Medical Assistant, administrator, reception, or other support role in a licensed naturopathic clinic

The Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree is also designed for:

  • Medical professionals wishing to increase their knowledge of holistic nutrition to augment a new or existing practice, including Medical Doctors, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Naturopaths, Nurses, Veterinarians, Respiratory Therapists, Mental Health Counselors or Social Workers.
  • Consumers looking to integrate holistic nutrition and wellness principles into their life for personal health and well-being.

Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.

Tuition and Fees:

To estimate the program tuition and fees, click on the required course name below for each Total Course Price or click here for the projected maximum cost for this program, including materials that have the greatest outlay for students.

Required Sequence:

The required course sequence for this program is published in the ACHS Program Catalog available to download online here.

ACHS Program Fact Sheet

[1] This degree does not satisfy the requirements to become a CHES Health Educator.

[2] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries,