Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition


The ACHS Online Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program offers students focused training in advanced applied holistic nutrition studying functional nutrition, nutrition biochemistry, wellness protocols to support optimal wellness, an integrative approach to anatomy and physiology, wellness coaching, and entrepreneurial skills for wellness professionals. 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.

The Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program provides professional holistic nutrition and wellness education from which community programming and client education can be based. This program trains graduates to apply current nutrition theories to a wide range of healthcare practices and develop nutrition and lifestyle plans for individuals, organizations, and community groups. Students in this program will be able to develop holistic nutrition advocacy plans that consider policy-making, academic research, manufacturing, and leadership. Students will also conduct a study or research review on a current issue or theory in integrative health and functional nutrition as part of their Capstone.

Nutrition State Law Disclosures

Many states have enacted laws that regulate the practice of dietetics and nutrition services. For example, some states have restrictions for using the title “Nutritionist” or “Nutrition Counselor”, while other states do not. Please note that ACHS programs do not train graduates to become a “Registered Dietitian.”

ACHS provides nutrition practice information by state online here and also partners with the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) to continually educate students and graduates about professional opportunities in the holistic nutrition field. ACHS also provides new students in this program with a student membership to the NANP for one year.1


Approved by the Board for Certification of Nutrition SpecialistsSM

Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the  Certified Nutrition Specialists (CNS®) exam.2

Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP)

Meets the education requirements for graduates to sit for the Board Certification in Holistic Nutrition exam offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.3

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply current nutrition theories to health-related practices and issues.
  • Develop nutrition and lifestyle wellness plans using holistic nutrition and integrative health principles.
  • Synthesize evidence-based research and literature to apply best practices in holistic nutrition.
  • Evaluate current ethical and professional healthcare and holistic nutrition standards.
  • Apply professional standards and entrepreneurial business skills within a holistic nutrition or organizational setting including effective record keeping, insurance, scope of practice, ethics, legal considerations, marketing, networking, and state and federal regulations.
  • Design holistic nutrition advocacy plans that consider policy-making, academic research, manufacturing, and leadership.
  • Conduct a study or research review on a current issue or theory in integrative health and functional nutrition.


1 Membership processed with NANP 4-6 weeks after a student begins their first semester in an eligible program.

2 The BCNS requires a graduate degree in nutrition from an institutionally accredited university, specific coursework, and 1,000 hours of supervised practice experience. The BCNS reviews each candidate individually, including current course descriptions, transcripts, and experience, to determine eligibility. To learn more about becoming a CNS, visit

3 In addition to completing this program, documentation of 500 hours (includes a minimum of 250 direct contact hours and up to 250 indirect contact hours) of professional experience in holistic nutrition is also required. NANP also offers an exception for new graduates that defers these requirements for two years if the exam is taken within 12 months of graduation. Please visit for more information or contact

4 Please note that this program does not prepare students to be eligible to sit for the NCHEC CHES exam and become a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Career Goals:

  • Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Educator, Writer, or Speaker
  • Holistic Nutrition Consultant within Community Health, Educational, Government, and Resident Care Organizations
  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Holistic Health Educator [4], Writer, or Speaker
  • Health or Holistic Nutrition Coach
  • Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner
  • Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
  • Nutritional Therapy Consultant
  • Wellness or Lifestyle Coach or Consultant
  • Health Care Industry Assistant - Day Spa, Holistic Retreat, Spa facility
  • Administrative, customer service, sales associate, or other support role in any healthcare organization or existing practice

Current Instructors:

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Admissions Requirements:

Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution. 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 to view each Total Course Price. Information is also provided in the Program Fact Sheet.

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