Get the Skills to Become a Holistic Nutrition Professional

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The MSHN Degree program opens many nutrition-related sectors to you including education, program-planning, consulting, & more

24-Month* Online Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition Degree

If you’re passionate about holistic nutrition and want to counsel others to attain optimal health, consider the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN) Degree at Hawthorn University.

Gain the clinical nutrition skills and the in-depth knowledge needed to increase vitality and well-being while reducing long-term disease risk for clients, family, or yourself. At Hawthorn University, you’ll learn the principles of nutrition using current holistic and up-to-date evidence-based scientific information, with an emphasis on teaching you how to discern the quality and accuracy of research and developing critical thinking.

Often, students report that one of the highlights of the program is the ongoing, nurturing relationships that they build with their instructors who have clinical expertise in their field. All this delivered in a flexible, online format that can be tailored to meet your schedule.

*Program length when students take multiple classes at once. See the “Flexible Completion Rate” paragraph for more details.

Next Start Date: Jan 3rdMaster of Science in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN) Hawthorn University (Hawthorn University)

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Become Qualified in Holistic Nutrition

Throughout the program, you’ll learn to incorporate the biochemical uniqueness of your clients and to develop individual health protocols using diet, supplement, and lifestyle suggestions. What’s more, you’ll be encouraged to include direct application of nutrition concepts in your own life, making learning personally relevant.

During the 60-credit Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition Degree program you’ll learn:

  • Holistic Health and Nutrition Fundamentals
  • Macronutrients: Energy and Structure
  • Micronutrients: Homeostatic Regulators
  • Digestion, Absorption, and Metabolism
  • Nutritional Assessment and Diet Planning
  • Health and Nutrition Consulting
  • Energy Balance and Weight Management
  • Clinical Nutrition for the Digestive System, Endocrine System, Musculoskeletal System, Cardiovascular System, Immune and Lymphatic Systems, and Mental Health
  • Detoxification and Filtering Systems
  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Business and Marketing Practices
  • Thesis Preparation and Research
  • And More!

This program includes a thesis and the opportunity to do a deep dive into a topic that interests and intrigues you.

Is a Future in Holistic Health & Nutrition Right for You? Find Out! Take the Hawthorn University “Holistic Nutrition Career Training Readiness Quiz”

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Certification Makes You Credible

As a graduate of the MSHN program, you are eligible to sit for the board certification exam from the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board (HNCB). Becoming certified can open doors to employment as it proves you completed thorough training and were able to demonstrate your knowledge – earning the highest level of professional recognition in the holistic nutrition industry.

The Convenience of Online Learning With the Connection of a Classroom

At Hawthorn, programs are entirely online and offer the support of your peers and mentorship of your teacher right at your fingertips. Educational tools include audio lectures, dynamic interviews with professionals in clinical practice, original articles from Hawthorn University, textbooks, journals, websites, diet analysis software, clinical conference calls, message boards, hands-on and community-based assignments, and individual teacher-student interaction. Each course concludes with a teacher-student telephone call and oral review.

As with traditional, on-ground schools, you’ll be expected to complete practical activities, research and written assignments, practice exercises, and other community-based projects – all online. You’ll also have the option to engage with peers and faculty via website based message boards. Advanced level courses allow you to participate in clinical review; you’ll present client protocols via conference calls.

Program Details

Curriculum & Academic Requirements

To read course descriptions, view scholastic requirements, graduation requirements, and the grading scale, click here.

Stay Current With Expert-Led Live Webinars

As a Hawthorn student, you are invited to webinars where leaders in the field discuss current nutritional topics. Webinars are archived for later use so you can access them as needed. Interactive webinars are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4 PM PST / 7 PM EST.

Reasonable Tuition & Fees

The program consists of 20 courses (60 credits) which are needed to graduate. You may pay by the course and payment is due upon enrollment into the course. Tuition must be paid in U.S. currency, by check, money order, or credit card.

Regular tuition and fees for the MSHN program are:

  • $60.00 – Application fee (non-refundable)
  • $15,000.00 – 60 credits @ $250.00/credit hour
  • $250.00 Midterm and Final Examinations @ $125.00 each
  • $15,310.00 * Total

For a detailed list of other University fees: Click Here

Courses are released upon receipt of payment. Once the course is completed, you are ready to advance by requesting the next course.

Your Textbooks Form the Basis of a Professional Library

The cost of textbooks is not included in the quoted tuition (refer to the chart below for estimated prices). Students may purchase textbooks directly and are given suggestions on how to find discounted books and online resources.

Here is a course-by-course breakdown of the estimated cost of textbooks for each course and for the entire program. Prices are from amazon.com unless otherwise indicated. Tuition and book prices are subject to change.

Course Name

Estimated Textbook Cost (rounded to the nearest dollar)

Tuition Cost

Total Tuition and Estimated
Textbook Cost

MSHN 501
$159.00 $750.00 $909.00
MSHN 505
$107.00 $750.00 $857.00
MSHN 510
$140.00 $750.00 $890.00
MSHN 515
$71.00 $750.00 $821.00
MSHN 520
$53.00 $750.00 $803.00
MSHN 525
$18.00 $750.00 $768.00
MSHN 530
$217.00 $750.00 $967.00
MSHN 535
$38.00 $750.00 $788.00
MSHN 540
$305.00 $750.00  $1,055.00
MSHN 545
$0.00 $750.00 $750.00
MSHN 550
$1.00 $750.00 $751.00
MSHN 555
$58.00 $750.00 $808.00
MSHN 560
$0.00 $750.00 $750.00
MSHN 565
$0.00 $750.00 $750.00
MSHN 570
$0.00 $750.00 $750.00
MSHN 575
$0.00 $750.00 $750.00
MSHN 580
$18.00 $750.00 $768.00
MSHN 585
$55.00 $750.00 $805.00
MSHN 590
$31.00 $500.00 $531.00
MSHN 595
$0.00 $1,000.00 $1,000.00
Application Fee
$60.00
Graduation Fee (Domestic)
$75.00
Total Textbook Cost (estimated)
$1,271.00
Midterm and Final Examinations
$250.00
Total Tuition Cost
$15,000.00
Grand Total
$16,656.00

*Students who do not complete their thesis in the allotted time frame must register to continue at ½ the cost ($500.00) to maintain matriculation.

Holistic Nutrition Professionals Are Needed to Fill Many Roles

Upon successful completion of the MSHN program you should be able to:

  • Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease
  • Supervise activities of a department providing quantity food service
  • Counsel individuals
  • Conduct nutritional research
  • Monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards
  • Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling
  • Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation
  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutritional monitoring to improve their quality of life
  • Consult with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patients and clients
  • Follow the “Scope of Practice” and “Code of Ethics” for nutritionists as described by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals

Extensive Career Prospects

Holistic Nutrition is a dynamic, fast-evolving field. As people seek trustworthy health information, the need for Nutrition Consultants and Educators with professional degrees grows.

Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition graduates are trained to:

  • Operate a private practice as a Nutrition Consultant
  • Write for health-oriented publications
  • Lead groups for health maintenance programs
  • Lecture for professional groups, lay audiences, or schools
  • Teach at schools, colleges, and other institutions
  • Conduct research
  • Develop or work for supplement or health product manufacturers
  • Collaborate with nutrition centers, spas, retreat centers, and sports teams

The field of nutrition is expanding as more people seek complementary and holistic approaches to wellness, meaning there are many avenues and opportunities for you to use your training.

Is a Rewarding Career in Holistic Nutrition Right For You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about Holistic Nutrition and exploring if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

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Learn about admission requirements for the MSHN program.

View the sample program agreement.