Requirements for Master of Science Degree

Note: The degree requirements for the MS degree are under revision. Current students are still subject to the current requirements. New students will be subject to the revised requirements.

(Requirements prior to 8/14/2017)

1. Core Requirements : 21 semester hours

BIOL 6392 — Advanced Human Physiology
MATH 6363—Research Statistics
NURS 6355 —Nursing Research and Theory or EDUC 6302 — Introduction to Quantitative Research
NUTR 6342 — Lifecycle Nutrition (Required for students who did not complete a lifecycle nutrition course at the undergraduate level.)
NUTR 6325 — Advanced Nutrition I
NUTR 6330 — Advanced Nutrition II
NUTR 6332 — Nutrition in the Promotion and Treatment of Chronic Disease

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

NUTR 6XCS— 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: 6-11 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. To be eligible to  apply to a dietetic internship, student must have completed successfully a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Students may select elective courses to meet the course requirements for DPD verification.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) 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 2190, Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995, Telephone: 800/877-1600, ext. 5400.

4. Comprehensive Understanding Requirements:

Completion of M.S. in Nutrition degree requires the student to pass all parts of the 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.