Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness and Health Coaching

This Bastyr University California program prepares leaders in whole-food nutrition education. They have the skills to translate nutrition science into meaningful, accessible information in diverse fields. Length of program: 2 years, full time. Hybrid format, first year online. 
Campus: San Diego, California

Program Overview

Cultivate your passion for nutrition and wellness into a meaningful career! With a Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness and Health Coaching (MSNW), you’ll have the tools you need to become a health coach or certified nutritionist and can start improving the lives of others.  

This Bastyr University California nutrition program prepares future nutrition experts like you with the skills needed to:  

  • Translate nutrition science into meaningful, accessible information.  
  • Promote wellness and sustainable change.  
  • Make an impact on societal and global scales. 

Program Highlights

  • Whole foods, holistic health. The program is grounded in the whole-food philosophy and emphasizes eating a wide variety of foods in their most natural form. It focuses on nutrition for disease prevention, behavioral change, development of nutrition programs and health and wellness coaching. Students learn to draw connections between food, exercise science, functional nutrition and health psychology.  

  • Certification. Graduates will qualify as nutrition professionals under the current California Code. The program meets national standards for Health and Wellness Coaching.  

  • A focus on food. Grow your understanding of nutritional concepts and develop your culinary skills in a fully equipped, state-of-the art teaching kitchen. Education built on community. Highly qualified faculty, small class sizes and strong advising programs give you the focused attention you deserve. 

  • Additional learning opportunities. You’ll have access to elective classes in other programs, including herbal sciences, naturopathic medicine and health psychology

Career Opportunities

This degree prepares graduates to counsel, educate and motivate groups and individuals to make positive lifestyle changes that are attainable and sustainable.  As a MSNW graduate, you will have the skills to translate nutrition science into meaningful, accessible information, promoting health and wellness in diverse professional arenas: 

  • Certified Health and Wellness Coach 
  • Food and nutrition consulting, writing and public speaking 
  • Corporate and employee wellness programs 
  • Public health programs and school-based and senior health and wellness programs 
  • Public health and policy organizations 
  • Nutrition program development, consulting and entrepreneurial projects 
  • Future academic career in a university, administrative, government or public health setting 

Campus Location - San Diego, CA

San Diego, California Campus

Located in sunny San Diego, Bastyr’s idyllic California campus is perfectly situated to provide students with endless opportunities for healthy living and a world-class educational experience. Our San Diego campus is just 15 miles north of downtown and sits just a short drive away from the stunning coastal wilderness of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.

Bastyr’s California campus offers many of the same state-of-the-art facilities and clinical experiences as our Seattle location. Additionally, Bastyr students benefit from exposure to the life science industry and integrative health community of San Diego — resulting in robust research and career opportunities.

General Requirements

Length of Program

2 years, full-time. Hybrid model: 1st year remote, 2nd year in person in San Diego.

Tuition and Financial Aid


Speak to an advisor today to learn more about tuition costs or to find out about our financial aid programs!


The curriculum includes nutrition coaching practicums and a capstone project that guides students to develop, implement and evaluate nutrition education programs and interventions within a robust scientific process. See the full list of courses and expected learning outcomes of graduates here. 

Contact an advisor to learn more about the Master of Science in Nutrition for Wellness and Health Coaching program. 



  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • 3.0 GPA in prerequisite coursework
  • B grade or better in Human Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Nutrition
  • Entering students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college/university


Reference our curriculum table for full prerequisites. 

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