Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

The Nutrition graduate program leads to a Master of Science degree designed to prepare graduates for professional practice or for doctoral study leading to careers in teaching and research. The degree requires 39 credit hours (CH) with a thesis or without a thesis. Of these, 33 CH must come from Nutrition offerings and the remaining 6 CH may come from related areas outside the department. The Nutrition graduate committee reviews the qualifications of each applicant who meets graduate school admission requirements and specifies any deficiencies and consequent course work needed.

*Refer to the Nutrition Graduate Handbook for specific details.

Course Requirements (Non-Thesis and Thesis: 39 CH)

  • Required Courses (36 CH)
    • NUT 5000 Research Methods in Nutrition (3 CH)
    • NUT 5205 Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 CH)
    • NUT 5210 Nutrition for Older Adults (3 CH)
    • NUT 5220 Advanced Concepts in Nutrition and Assessment (3 CH)
    • NUT 5250/5255 Dietetic Practice I and II (6 CH)
    • NUT 5900 Dietetic Internship (12 CH)
    • ES 5592 Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise (3 CH)
    • NUT 5901 Research Project (3 CH) - Non-thesis option
    • NUT 5999 Thesis (3 CH) - Thesis option only
  • Suggested Electives (3 CH)
    • HPC 5110 Multicultural Counseling (3 CH)
    • HPC 5220 Counseling Theory and Techniques (3 CH)
    • HPC 5272 Individual and Family Development (3 CH)
    • PA 5260 Organization Theory and Behavior (3 CH)
    • NUT 5500 Medical Terminology (3 CH)
    • ES 5555 Advanced Nutritional Aspects of Exercise and Sports
    • PA 5270 Not-for-Profit Organizations
    • SOC 5420 Health Care and Aging

*Note: See the Course Schedule to determine the semester when these courses are offered.

Research Requirements

  • Identify research project with graduate advisor and Dietetic Internship Director
  • Selection of graduate committee
  • Completion of prospectus if thesis optionin s chosen
  • Completion of a research project, thesis and non-thesis
  • Oral defense of thesis if thesis option is chosen

Suggested Plan of Study

Fall Semester of 1st Year

  • NUT 5205 Maternal and Child Nutrition (3)
  • NUT 5210 Nutrition for the Elderly (3)
  • ES 5592 Data Analysis in Sport and Exercise (3)

Spring Semester of 1st Year

  • NUT 5000 Research Methods in Nutrition (3)
  • NUT 5220 Advanced Concepts in Nutrition and Assessment (3)
  • Elective (3)

Summer Session

  • NUT 5901 Research Project (3) - Non-thesis options
  • NUT 5999 Thesis (2) - Thesis option only

Fall Semester of 2nd Year

  • NUT 5250 Dietetic Practice I (3)
  • NUT 5900 Internship (6)

Spring Semester of 2nd Year

  • NUT 5255 Dietetic Practice II (3)
  • NUT 5900 Internship (6)

Summer Session

  • NUT 5999 Thesis (1) - Thesis option only