Chapter VI. Graduate Programs

School Of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

  1. Master of Science in Biology, Nutrition, and Research Statistics. These programs provide students with knowledge of current theory, research, and policy and give them the skills necessary to apply that knowledge to professional careers and advanced study. The programs require a capstone, or a thesis, and/or a comprehensive examination.
  2. Master of Arts in Biology, Mathematics, and Multidisciplinary Sciences. These programs provide students with the broad background in their fields of study necessary for excellence in the professions. They require a master’s project as part of a capstone course and/or comprehensive examination.
  3. The School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering also supports a concentration in Mathematics Education for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

Particular admissions criteria and degree requirements are listed according to discipline.

The MS and MA degree provide a broad background in biology, including the study of molecules, organisms, and ecological systems.  Both degrees require 30 semester hours of graduate study, of which 6 hours may be in disciplines other than biology, and 6 may be graduate classes transferred from other institutions.  For MS students, 3 hours of Research Statistics, 3 hours of Thesis Proposal, and 3 hours of Thesis Research must be included in the 30 hour requirement.  The MA degree requires a comprehensive exam.

Admission requirements:
In addition to the general requirements listed in the Graduate Admissions section of the Bulletin, the following are prerequisites for the biology graduate program:
Either a 3.0 average in Biology or a GRE minimum combined scores of 1000 on Verbal and Quantitative sections, 8 semester hours credit in principles of chemistry, 6 semester hours of organic chemistry, and 12 upper-division hours in biology. Deficiencies in these areas will require taking courses for undergraduate credit. Courses in general physics, calculus, and statistics are strongly recommended.

Requirements for the Master of Arts:

                a. Genetics (with laboratory)
                b. Environmental Biology
                c. Organismal Biology

Requirements for the Master of Science:
The requirements are the same as 1–4 above, but 6 semester hours of the 24 hours in biology (see paragraph 1) must be in the thesis courses, BIOL 63TP and BIOL 63TR. 

The Master of Arts in Mathematics with a concentration in Teaching is designed to produce a mathematics specialist with expertise in grades K–12 mathematics teaching and learning. The Master of Science in
Research Statistics (a) provides students with the specific skills needed to understand and work in an increasingly complex global workplace; (b) enables students to become more effective, mature scholars: and (c) develops a well-rounded perspective of mathematics and its role in a variety of venues. The department also supports a concentration in Mathematics Education for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

Master of Arts in Mathematics with a concentration in Teaching

Admissions requirements

Students applying for degree seeking status must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School and the following:

Degree Requirements

Mathematics (15 hours)
MATH 6334—Introduction to Abstract Algebra
MATH 6338—Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry
MATH 6336—Introduction to Number Theory
MATH 6332—Introduction to Analysis
MATH 6355—History of Contemporary Mathematics

Mathematics Teaching (Choose 12 hours)
MATH 6370—Content and Pedagogy K-5
MATH 6372—Integrated Math/Science K-5
MATH 6375—Content and Pedagogy 6-12
MATH 6376—Integrated Math/Science 6-8
MATH 6381—Integrated Math/Science 9-12

Electives (Choose 6 hours)
MATH 6385—Instructional Technology
MATH 6348—Introduction to Mathematics Education Literature
EDUC 6304—Theories of Learning

Capstone (3 hours)
MATH 6390—Capstone in Mathematics Teaching

Total (36 hours)


The Master of Science in Research Statistics degree provides students with the opportunity for a comprehensive study of probability and statistics with specific emphasis in research methodology, reporting, and consulting. Students completing the degree will be prepared for professional careers as research statisticians in a variety of settings including, but not limited to government, academia, and industry.

The curriculum is designed for those students with backgrounds in mathematics, the sciences, and business administration. The pre-requisite knowledge consists of the following courses which should be completed prior to the start of the proposed program. Consideration may be given to allow students with deficiencies the opportunity to complete the pre-requisite courses while enrolled in the Master of Science program.

a. Calculus I
b. Calculus II
c. Calculus III
d. Linear Algebra
e. Numerical Analysis
f. Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Requirements for the Master of Science in Research Statistics:
Complete a minimum of 36 hours of approved graduate coursework toward the Master of Science as determined by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. There is no thesis or comprehensive examination required for degree completion.

Core Courses (18 semester hours)
MATH 6361: Advanced Probability & Statistics I
MATH 6362: Advanced Quantitative Methods
MATH 6363: Research Statistics I
MATH 6364: Advanced Quantitative Research
MATH 6367: Statistical Software Packages (*)
MATH 6369: Design of Experiments (*)

Electives (15 semester hours as approved by the graduate advisor)
Courses from outside of the mathematics area may be accepted.

Capstone (3 Hours)
The capstone project is a formal paper which integrates research with the application or statistical methods to a real problem explored in the internship or capstone experience. Completion of the capstone project will be reflected in a formal written paper for evaluation by the capstone committee.

Mathematics Education Concentration for Ph.D.
The discipline also supports the Mathematics Education concentration in the Doctor of Philosophy in Education. Admissions and graduation requirements are listed under that program.

Multidisciplinary Sciences
The Master of Arts in Multidisciplinary Sciences provides enhanced content preparation and classroom implementation for in-service teachers in elementary, middle, and high school science. The goal of this program is to improve student performance in K-12 science. This goal is achieved by extending teacher content knowledge in earth science, physics, chemistry and biology, and improving instructional strategies and methods for effective science learning. Course topics are aligned with state and national standards in student performance outcomes. Instructional technology and fundamental mathematical concepts and skills also are integrated in the courses.

Admissions Criteria

In addition to the general admissions, the student must present evidence of :

BA or BS degree plus Secondary Certification

Degree Requirements

For a certificate in Multidisciplinary Sciences, please see Advisor.

The Master of Science degree in Nutrition prepares students for a variety of positions in nutrition and dietetics. The graduate program provides students with knowledge of current theory, research, and nutrition policy, and gives them the skills necessary to apply that knowledge throughout their professional careers.   The Master of Science degree in Nutrition is designed to accommodate employed professionals pursuing an advanced degree, persons wishing to complete requirements for registration with the American Dietetic Association, and those seeking continuing education in nutrition.  Program graduates have accepted positions in clinical and administrative dietetics, community nutrition, nutrition consulting, food service management, nutrition research, business, and secondary and college education.

Admission Criteria

In addition to the regular admissions criteria, must submit one of the following:

Students must meet adequate undergraduate background requirements, including:
Chemical Principles with laboratory (8 hours)
Organic Chemistry (3 hours)
Anatomy and Physiology (4 hours)
Statistics (3 hours)
Biochemistry (3 hours)

Any undergraduate prerequisites not completed at the time of admission can be taken during the initial semesters of the graduate program.

Certain areas of knowledge must be mastered by all nutritionists. Upon review of transcripts a student may be required to satisfactorily complete the following courses of which 2 courses may be completed as part of the Master of Science degree:
NUTR 4460—Community and World Nutrition
NUTR 4470—Human Nutrition and Metabolism
NUTR 4475—Clinical Nutrition
Requirements for a Master of Science Degree:
Core Requirements:  Total of 18 semester hours

BIOL 6392—Advanced Human Physiology
MATH 6363—Research Statistics
NURS 6311—Research I: Analysis and Interpretation
NUTR 6342 or NUTR 6352—Lifecycle Nutrition* or Issues in Food and Nutrition
NUTR 6325—Advanced Nutrition I
NUTR 6330—Advanced Nutrition II
* Lifecycle Nutrition is required for students who did not complete a lifecycle nutrition course as an undergraduate.
 Research /Synthesis Completion Requirements:  Total of 4- 9 semester hours
NUTR 61CS/NUTR 63CS—4-6 semester hours of Capstone: Masters Project or
NUTR 63TP/NUTR 6XTR—3 semester hours of Thesis Proposal and 3- 6 hours Thesis Research

Additional Course Requirements: 
Students complete the core plus a research/synthesis component and an additional 9-15 semester hours of graduate level courses as established in the degree plan with the graduate advisor. Within these additional courses, one course must be a didactic course in nutrition. Students are encouraged to select one of the concentrations (see below) or they may select electives to meet the didactic requirements for registration by The American Dietetic Association. Students may have other courses to complete in order to meet these didactic requirements.

Comprehensive Understanding Requirement:
Completion of a M.S. in Nutrition degree requires the student to pass a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination covers material related to the core, and as appropriate, the selected concentration of the student.  The comprehensive exam includes both written and oral components, and should be taken during the student’s last year of study.

Concentration in Administration:
NUTR 6314—Advanced Nutrition Services Administration
                ADMN 6320—Strategic Planning and Policy
Electives:  Student chooses 6-9 additional hours from Administration courses.

Total Credit Hours = 36-37

Concentration in Nutrition Education and Health Promotion:
            NUTR 6464—Nutrition and Health Behavior
                NUTR 6334—Nutrition and Health Promotion Practice: Program Planning and Evaluation
Electives : Student chooses 3- 6 additional hours from the following:
                ADED 6381—Adult Learning and Development
                ADED 6385—Methods and Strategies in Adult Education
                EDUC 6304—Theories of Learning
                        ADED 6388—Effective Teams and Groups
                                EDUC 6305—Multicultural Concepts in Education
                                EDUC 6350—Lifespan Development
                        EDPE 6381—Topics in Exercise Physiology and Fitness

Dietetic Internship:
Students apply to the Dietetic Internship separately from the graduate program in Nutrition. For information about the Dietetic Internship please contact the Dietetic Internship Director.

The Internship and the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of the Incarnate Word are currently granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association (CADE). CADE is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. The address and phone number of CADE are: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606; 312/899-4876.