Our M.S.Thesis introduces you to research applications for careers in dietetics, clinical nutrition, community nutrition, food industry, government, and basic sciences. Pursue this option if you plan to pursue a doctoral degree and/or are planning a research career.

Program Requirements

Requirements include a minimum of 30 semester credit hours as follows: at least 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis and related research. Of the 24 hours of course work, a minimum of 12 credit hours must be open only to graduate students.  Students are encouraged to take at least 3 credits of 8000 level FDNS courses.  In consultation with their Advisory Committee, students with credit in FDNS 4100, Micronutrient Nutrition, or another course in vitamin and mineral nutrition may substitute another graduate level course in FDNS. 

FDNS courses (15 credit hours)

Required FDNS courses (11 credits)


3 cr

Micronutrient Nutrition (may be substituted with FDNS course if taken as undergraduate)


3 cr

Advanced Macronutrients


2 cr

Proposal Writing


1 cr

Special Topics in Foods and Nutrition (concurrent with FDNS 8560)


2 cr

Seminar Foods and Nutrition

Elective FDNS courses (choose 4 credits)


3 cr

Optimal Nutrition for the Life Span


1 cr

Research Methodology in Human Foods and Nutrition


3 cr

We Are What We Eat


3 cr

Nutrition in Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport


3 cr

Nutrition and Obesity Across the Life Span


3 cr

Medical Nutrition Therapy I


3 cr

Nutrition Related to the Human Life Cycle


2 cr

Clinical Nutrition Interventions


4 cr

Medical Nutrition Therapy II


3 cr

Public Health Dietetics


3 cr

Nutritional Genetics


3 cr

Metabolism and Physiology of Energy Balance and Obesity


3 cr

Food and Nutrition Policy


1 cr

Foodservice Procurement and Financial Management


2 cr

Management of Foodservice Organizations


3 cr

Cultural Aspects of Foods  and Nutrition


3 cr

Food Sanitation and Safety


2 cr

Nature of Food


1 cr

Food Choices and the Consumer


3 cr

Experimental Study of Food


3 cr

Food and Nutrition Education Methods


3 cr

Nutrition and Pharmacology for Disease Management


3 cr

Nutritional Epidemiology


4 cr

Public Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition Interventions



Nutrition, Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport Internship


3 cr

Food & Nutritional Biochemistry


3 cr

Advanced Nutrition in Physical Activity, Exercise, and Sport


3 cr

Nutrition and Disease Processes I


1 cr

Survey of Obesity and Weight Management

*These apply towards the required 12 credit hours of graduate only courses

^Cannot be repeated if taken as an undergraduate. Does not apply towards the required 12 credit hours of graduate only courses.

Statistics choose 3 credits from potential courses


Thesis: 6 required credits

FDNS 7000 (maximum of 6 credit hours may be applied towards the 30 credits required for degree)

FDNS 7300 (minimum of 3 credit hours required)

Electives (6 required credits):

FDNS courses (see above) and/or related courses outside the department at the 6000, 7000, or 8000 level 

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 30

NOTE: These courses are not considered in the 15 required credits of FDNS course requirements: FDNS 7000, FDNS 7010, FDNS 7210, FDNS 7300, and other research or independent study.