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Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition

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M.S. Degree Requirements

With course work in the biochemical, clinical, and behavioral aspects of nutrition, this program uses an approach best described as "from bench to bedside to behavior.” The M.S. degree thesis option requires 30 credit hours, and the nonthesis option requires 33 credit hours. Students may enroll full-time or part-time, and a variety of classes are available online. Approximately 12 to 15 credit hours of the program are elective courses that may be tailored to individual career goals.

For the thesis program, a written research proposal based on the collection of research data, followed by a written thesis, is required. An oral research defense and final oral examination must be successfully completed for graduation.

The nonthesis option has greatly reduced research requirements. Successful completion of a final written report, project defense, and oral final examination are required for graduation.

To view the full curriculum and degree requirements please visit the program's website.

Required Courses Thesis Nonthesis
DN 834 Methods of Research in Nutrition
3 3
Biostatistics (700-800 level) 3 3
DN 895 Advanced Macronutrients and Integrated Metabolism 3 3
DN 896 Advanced Micronutrients and Integrated Metabolism 3 3
DN 817 Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition I
1 1
DN 818 Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition II 1 1
DN 819 Scientific Writing for the Nutritional Sciences 1 1
Research (DN 899 Thesis or DN 854 Special Problems in Dietetics and Nutrition) 3 (minimum) 3
*Electives 12 15

*For M.S. students who are former KUMC dietetic interns, 12 hours of DN electives competed during internship count as the elective hours. For M.S. students who are not former KUMC interns, up to 6 graduate credit hours of electives may be taken outside the department if the courses are relevant to the career goals of the student.

Thesis Option: DN 899

Thesis research can be done over several semesters. It involves all aspects of research including a proposal, collection and analysis of data, and a thesis. The thesis is presented in written form and orally in a 30-minute presentation to the department with 30 minutes of questions from the thesis committee. A 30-minute general oral examination is required.

Nonthesis Option: DN 854

The project is completed in 1 semester. It may include 1 or more of the following:

  • Writing an intensive review of the literature on a given topic.
  • Participation with a faculty member in the development of a research proposal or grant.
  • Participation with a faculty member in conducting a pilot project.
  • Participation with a faculty member in the design, implementation, or evaluation of a program in a specialized area of dietetics practice.
  • Collection and/or analysis of data in conjunction with a faculty member engaged in research.

A 2- to 5-page written proposal and write-up of the project and a 30-minute oral presentation to the department are required. A 1-hour general oral examination is required.

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