Master of Science Degree in Nutrition

Degree Requirements for MS in Nutrition

Requirements for Master of Science Degree  

(The degree Requirements for the MS degree is under revision.  Current students are still subject to the current requirements.  New students will be subject to revised requirements.   8/14/2017)       

(Requirements prior to 8/14/2017)       

1. Core Requirements : 18 semester hours                         

BIOL 6392  — Advanced Human Physiology       

MATH 6363—Research Statistics       

NURS 6355-- Research for Evidence Based Practice     

NUTR 6352 or NUTR 6342 — Issues in Food and Nutrition, or *Lifecycle 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.                

2. Research/Synthesis Completion Requirements: 4-9 semester hours                         

NUTR 6XCS—Master’s Project, or 4-6 semester hours of Capstone: Master's Project (taken across 2 semesters), or                     

NUTR 63TP/NUTR 6XTR—3 semester hours of Thesis Proposal and 3-6 hours of Thesis Research.  Continued enrollment until completion of Thesis is required.                 

3. Additional Course Requirements: 9-15 hours

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 didactic course in nutrition. Students are encouraged to select on of the concentrations (see below), or they may select electives to meet the Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements to receive a DPD Verification Statement to apply to a dietetic Internship.                 

The  Didactic Program in Dietetics  at the University of the Incarnate Word is  accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and  Dietetics of the Academy  of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza,  Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois   60606-6995, and (312) 899-0040, Extension 5400.

4. Comprehensive Understanding Requirements:

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

5.  Requirements for Concentrations

Concentration in Nutrition Education and Health Promotion:                       

  • NUTR 6464—Nutrition and Health Behavior       
  • NUTR 6334—Nutrition and Health Promotion Practice: Program Planning and Evalution  
  • ADED 6381 - Adult Learning and Development                                               
  •  Electives: Student chooses additional hours from the following:

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       

EDKE 6381—Topics in Exercise Physiology and Fitness    

Total Credit Hours = 36-37


Concentration in Nutrition Services Administration:                         

  • NUTR 6414 - Advanced Nutrition Services Administration     
  • ADMN 6375 - Strategic Planning and Policy
  • Electives: Student chooses 6-9 additional hours from Administration Courses.

Total Credit Hours = 36 - 37