Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Graduate Study
Human Nutrition - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition includes research, course work in advanced nutrition, statistics, seminars, and appropriate selections from one or more of the following areas: biochemistry, physiology, anthropology, immunology, epidemiology, psychology, or sociology. Students in this program must meet the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
To be considered for admission to the Master of Science degree program in Human Nutrition an applicant must:
  1. have completed a bachelor’s degree with courses in nutrition, including upper-level macro-and micronutrients, community or lifespan nutrition, general and organic chemistry, biology, physiology, biochemistry, and statistics;
  2. be proficient in written and spoken English;
  3. have a prior grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  4. submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test;
  5. submit a personal letter of intent and letters of reference.
Collateral course work may be required to overcome deficiencies, but will not count towards the degree
Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Human Nutrition
The program is available under either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). The student must complete at 30 credits.
The student must complete:
1. All of the following courses (10 credits):
HNF 820 Advanced Biochemical Nutrition 3
HNF 821 Advanced Vitamins and Minerals 3
HNF 823 Research Methods in Human Nutrition 3
HNF 892 Nutrition Seminar 1
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
HNF 840 Human Nutrition and Chronic Disease 3
HNF 891 Topics in Human Nutrition 3
3. One of the following courses (1 or 3 credits):
HNF 824 Nutrition Policies and Programs 1
Alternative public health or community nutrition course approved by guidance committee 3
4. A 3-credit graduate level statistics course chosen in consultation with advisor and guidance committee.
5. A minimum of 5 credits (Plan A) or 11 credits (Plan B) in course work in one or more focus areas selected in consultation with the student’s guidance committee.
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. The following course (6 credits):
HNF 899 Master's Thesis Research 6
Students may not earn more than 10 credits in HNF 899.
2. Successfully complete a proposal defense and defend the oral and written thesis.
Additional Requirements for Plan B
1. The following course (1 to 5 credits):
HNF 898 Master's Project 1 to 5
Students may not earn more than 5 credits in HNF 898.
2. Successfully pass a qualifying examination and complete a final examination or evaluation.