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Graduate Programs

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Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Dietetics

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 31 - 37 hours

The M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics is designed to provide ad- vanced training in human nutritional sciences for new and experi- enced professionals. Its objectives are to enhance the graduate’s knowledge base and expertise in the continually advancing field of nutrition and clinical dietetics and to provide graduates with the quantitative and methodological knowledge necessary to better interpret the scientific literature to conduct their own nutritional research.

The M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics Program course work can be completed entirely through distance and distributed learning. The program utilizes web-based technology to provide course content.

This degree program has three options:

  • Option I - Plan A Thesis Option;

  • Option II - Plan B Internship Option;

  • Option III - Plan B Course Work Option.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

  • 1.

    An undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4- point scale) in the last 60 semester hours of course work.

  • 2.

    Successful completion of the requirements for dietetic regis- tration by the American Dietetic Association or fulfillment of the minimum academic requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics approved by the American Dietetic Association’s Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Educa- tion or successful completion of at least: two courses in nutrition, one being at the advanced level; and one course in each of the following: biochemistry; physiology; microbiology; and organic chemistry.

  • 3.

    An essay (2-3 pages, double-spaced) including a discussion of the applicant’s goals and how completion of the program will facilitate his or her achievement of those goals. A portion of this essay should focus upon the unique qualifications the student will bring to the degree program. In addition, the essay must include the student’s choice of options (I, II, or III, see program course listing). Also the student will provide a gen- eralized description of the subject matter of the thesis (Plan

    • A)

      if Option I is chosen or for Options II or III a description of the significant scholarship (e.g. project, extensive paper) the student intends to perform to meet the requirements for Plan B. This essay replaces the written statement requested as part of the application to the College of Graduate Studies. This essay replaces the written statement requested as part of the application to the College of Graduate Studies. This essay replaces the written statement requested as part of the application to the College of Graduate Studies.

  • 4.

    Three (3) letters of recommendation from former professors or professionals in the field of nutrition and dietetics or other health-related professional.

  • 5.

    Evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course is strongly recommended

  • 6.

    Per University policy, conditional admission may be consid- ered for applicants with backgrounds or grade point average deficiencies. Courses taken to make up admission deficien- cies may not be counted toward graduate degree require- ments. Regular admission status should be requested upon completion of all deficiencies.

  • 7.

    Up to 15 semester hours of graduate credit may be trans- ferred in from another institution with approval of advisor.

Degree Requirements Options Select one of the following plans:

Option I - Plan A: Thesis Option (31 hours) FNS 661 - Macronutrients 3(3-0) FNS 662 - Micronutrients 3(3-0) FNS 670 - Seminar: Nutrition 1-3(Spec) FNS 672 - Advanced Clinical Nutrition 3(3-0) FNS 673 - Seminar: Nutritional Assessment 3(3-0) FNS 677 - Nutritional Epidemiology 3(3-0) FNS 678 - Research Methods in Nutrition 3(3-0) HEV 798 - Thesis 1-6(Spec)

Plus an oral exam on the thesis topic and 6 additional hours of electives selected with the approval of the student’s academic advisor.

Note: FNS 670 and HEV 798 are variable credit courses. Stu- dents in this program are required to take 1 credit hour of 670 and 6 credit hours of 798.

Option II - Plan B: Course Work Option (33 hours) FNS 661 - Macronutrients 3(3-0) FNS 662 - Micronutrients 3(3-0) FNS 670 - Seminar: Nutrition 1-3(Spec) FNS 672 - Advanced Clinical Nutrition 3(3-0) FNS 673 - Seminar: Nutritional Assessment 3(3-0) FNS 677 - Nutritional Epidemiology 3(3-0) FNS 678 - Research Methods in Nutrition 3(3-0) HEV 790 - Independent Study 2-6(Spec)

Plus oral examination over course work and 9 additional hours of electives selected with the approval of the student’s academic advisor.

Note: FNS 670 and HEV 790 are variable credit courses. Stu- dents in this program MUST enroll in FNS 670 three times (1 hour each) under different subject themes. For HEV 790, students are required to take 3 credit hours.

Option III - Plan B: Internship Option (37 hours) FNS 661 - Macronutrients 3(3-0) FNS 662 - Micronutrients 3(3-0) FNS 670 - Seminar: Nutrition 1-3(Spec) FNS 672 - Advanced Clinical Nutrition 3(3-0) FNS 673 - Seminar: Nutritional Assessment 3(3-0) FNS 674 - Dietetic Internship: Clinical Experience 5(Spec) FNS 675 - Dietetic Internship: Foodservice Administration

Experience 6(Spec) FNS 676 - Dietetic Internship: Summary Experience 2(Spec) FNS 677 - Nutritional Epidemiology 3(3-0) FNS 678 - Research Methods in Nutrition 3(3-0) HEV 790 - Independent Study 2-6(Spec)

Plus oral examination over course work and 3 additional hours of electives selected with the approval of the student’s academic advisor.

Note: FNS 670 and HEV 790 are variable credit courses. Stu- dents in this program are required to take 1 credit hour of FNS 670 and 3 credit hours of HEV 790.

In some cases, twelve credits may be earned through examina- tion to substitute for the dietetic internship experience. Students must be eligible and must pass the examination to earn the twelve credits.

Contact the Department of Human Environmental Studies for the policy on Credit by Examination for Dietetic Internship Experience.

Total: 31-37 semester hours

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