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.
 
Admission
 
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.
 
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 2
  HNF 823 Research Methods in Human Nutrition 1
  HNF 824 Nutrition Policies and Programs 1
  HNF 825 Nutritional Immunology 1
  HNF 826 Obesity and Chronic Disease 1
  HNF 892 Nutrition Seminar 1
2.

A minimum of 10 credits (Plan A) or 20 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.  
Additional Requirements for Plan B  
1. Completion of a final examination or evaluation.