Become a Double Dawg with a dual degree program and earn your Bachelor's and Master's degrees in five years or less!
Start on the pathway to become a Double Dawg
It's never too early to start planning your future. Department of Nutritional Sciences undergraduate students have a unique and valuable opportunity to earn both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in five years or less with this dual-degree program. Students should review this option and speak with their advisor, and talk to the Pathway contact for the program no later than the end of their sophomore year. By year 3 of the undergraduate degree, students will apply to the dual-degree pathway and once admitted, begin to take graduate level courses. Up to 12 hours of graduate level courses will count in both programs. At the start of their senior year, students admitted to the Double Dawgs pathway will work with the graduate coordinator and apply to the graduate program. Students graduate with an undergraduate degree at the end of year 4 and are then admitted to the graduate program and earn their Master's degree by the end of year 5, or in some cases even earlier.
Requirements to Apply
- Student has spoken to their advisor and pathway contact
- Student has taken CHEM 1211/L and earned grades of C or better
- Student has taken CHEM 1212/L and earned grades of C or better
- Student has taken FDNS 2100
- Student must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Some Double Dawgs programs may have additional requirements. See your Pathway Contact for program specific information.
Double Dawgs Degree Options
We offer dual degrees combining each undergraduate major with several Master's degree options.
Culinary Science and Nutrition/Master's Thesis
The Culinary Science and Nutrition/Master's Thesis Double Dawg will allow you to earn both degrees in five years. For those interested in pursuing a career in research or considering a Ph.D., this is the best option.
Culinary Science and Nutrition/Master's Non-Thesis
With the Culinary Science and Nutriiton/Master's Non-Thesis Double Dawg, you can finish your Bachelor's degree in four years and complete your Master's degree by taking courses in the summer and fall of year 5. This is a great option for those who hope to advance their professional career with an advanced degree and do not desire a strong research focus.
Culinary Science and Nutrition/Master's Non-Thesis, Community Nutrition Online
With this option, earn your BSFCS in four years, and continue to work on your Master's degree online. Complete your Master's degree by the end of year 5 by taking two online courses each semester for summer, fall, and spring of year 5. This option is perfect for students who plan to be employed while finishing their graduate degree.
After earning your BSFCS, continue your studies through the summer and the following fall and spring semesters to earn a Master's Thesis degree at the end of year 5. For those students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or a career in research, this is the best choice.
After graduating with your Bachelor's degree, continue your graduate studies throughout the summer and fall semesters to earn a Master's Non-Thesis degree. This is an excellent option for students hoping to enroll in a spring dietetic internship or for those hoping to advance their professional careers with an advanced degree without a strong focus on research.
Dietetics/Master's Non-Thesis, Community Nutrition Online
This option will allow you to finish your Bachelor's degree in four years and finish an online Master's degree in one more year. Take four online courses during summer semester and then just one online course in fall and one more in spring and you can have your Master's degree. This is a perfect option for those students who plan to join the workforce or complete an internship while finishing their graduate degree.
Facs Ed/MED Workforce Education
This Double Dawgs program will prepare graduates to teach both Family and Consumer Science curriculum and career navigation skills for the 21st century in middle school, high school, industry, and government. The Double Dawgs program gives students the advantage to start careers at a higher salary rate than those graduating with a bachelor's degree.
Nutritional Sciences/Master's Thesis
Earn your BSFCS in four years and your Master's degree in just one more year. For those students interested in careers in research, or considering a Ph.D., or hoping to improve their acceptance into professional school, this is likely the most appropriate option.
Nutritional Sciences/Master's Non-Thesis
Add 18 credits of graduate level coursework after finishing your Bachelor's degree and you can earn a Master's Non-Thesis degree in Nutritional Sciences to your resume. This is an excellent option for those students who are hoping to enter the workforce with the competitive edge they will have with a graduate degree.