Develop and conduct original scientific research including appropriate design, methods, analysis, and interpretation.
Critically evaluate, summarize, and present evidence for the role of nutrition in optimizing human health and preventing, managing, or treating chronic diseases.
The MS program in Nutritional Science and Dietetics offers two tracks. The nutritional science track is designed to prepare graduate students for doctoral programs and professional school (medicine, podiatry, physician's assistant, dental). Graduates are also employed in government, industry, community, and not for profit organizations. Graduates who are registered dietitians are prepared to work in hospitals, dietetics management, or community nutrition.
The dietetics track is designed to meet the supervised practice and course requirements to qualify graduates to take the Registration Examinations for Dietitian and Nutritionists (RDN exam). Upon graduation and completion of the RDN exam graduates work in multiple areas including hospitals, wellness, large food service operations, business and industry, community health programs, management, and entrepreneurial or private practice.
Research opportunities include focus on vitamin or mineral metabolism, muscle energy metabolism, bone metabolism, energy metabolism, nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, management in dietetics, and international or community nutrition.
Requirements for Nutrition Science MS Specialization.
- Credit hours (30): minimum 24 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (NDFS 699R)
- Prerequisites: NDFS 424, 435; Chem 481
- Required courses: NDFS 601, 602, 691R, 699R; Stat 511
- Minor (optional): selected with approval of faculty advisor
- Examinations: oral examination on course work; and thesis defense
- Thesis: standard university format or journal publication format.
Requirements for the Dietetics MS Specialization:
- 33 credit hours (27 credits course work, plus 6 credits project hours)
- Required Core Courses: NDFS 620R, 621, 622, 637, 638, 691, STATS 511 (17 credits)
- Additional requirements: Minimum of 6 credits from the following NDFS 425, 601, 602, 633, 634, 635
- Elective Courses: Minimum of 4 credits from NDFS courses or other related courses
- 1,200 hours supervised practice
- Project: project proposal, implementation of project, final project report 698R (6 credits)