Nutrition (MS)

See: Nutrition (MS)

College/School: School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Program Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Master of Science degree in Nutrition is designed to accommodate employed professionals pursuing an advanced degree, persons wishing to complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics needed for entry into a dietetic internship, and those seeking continuing education in nutrition. The graduate program provides students with knowledge of current theory, research, and nutrition policy, and gives them the skills necessary to apply that knowledge throughout their professional careers. The Master of Science in Nutrition program will prepare students for a variety of positions in nutrition and dietetics. Program graduates have accepted positions in clinical and administrative dietetics, community nutrition, nutrition consulting, food service management, nutrition research, business, and secondary and college education.

A minimum of 36 credit hours are needed for the Master of Science in Nutrition degree.


Applicants must have

  • An earned Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better;
  • Minimum GRE scores of 143 for Verbal Reasoning, 141 for Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.0 for Analytical Essay, or a previously earned graduate degree.

Students must meet adequate undergraduate background requirements, including:

  • Chemical Principles I and II with laboratory (8 hours)
  • Organic Chemistry I (3 hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (4 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Biochemistry (3 hours)
  • Chemical Principles I and II and laboratory must be completed before applying. Any other prerequisites not completed at the time of admission can be taken during the initial semesters of the graduate program.

Apply to UIW

Application for the Master of Science in Nutrition program.

Program Requirements



Certain areas of knowledge must be mastered by all nutritionists. Upon review of transcripts a student may be required to satisfactorily complete the following courses, of which two courses may be completed as part of the Master of Science degree:

NUTR 4460Community & World Nutrition


NUTR 4470Human Nutrition & Metabolism


NUTR 4375Nutrition Therapy


NUTR 4375LNutrition Therapy Lab

Total Credit Hours:11

Core Requirements (18-21 semester hours)

BIOL 6392Advanced Human Physiology


MATH 6363Research Statistics


NUTR 6332Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease


NUTR 6325Advanced Nutrition I


NUTR 6330Advanced Nutrition II


EDUC 6302Introduction to Quantitative Research



NURS 6355Nursing Research and Theory


The following course is required for students who did not complete a lifecycle nutrition course as an undergraduate:

NUTR 6342Lifecycle Nutrition


Research/Synthesis Completion Requirements

Capstone Option

NUTR 63CS/NUTR 61CS/NUTR 62CSMaster’s Project


And / Or

NUTR 62CS/NUTR 61CS/NUTR 63CSMaster’s Project


And / Or

NUTR 61CS/NUTR 62CS/NUTR 63CSMaster’s Project


Total Credit Hours:4-6
Students choosing the Capstone option take the Capstone Master's Project across 2 semesters for a total of 4 to 6 semester hours.

Thesis Option

NUTR 63TPThesis Proposal



NUTR 63TR/NUTR 61TR/NUTR 62TRThesis Research


And / Or

NUTR 62TR/NUTR 61TR/NUTR 63TRThesis Research


And / Or

NUTR 61TR/NUTR 62TR/NUTR 63TRThesis Research


Total Credit Hours:6-9
Students choosing the Thesis option take  3 semester hours of NUTR 63TP Thesis Proposal and 3 to 6 hours of NUTR 63TR Thesis Research. Continuous enrollment at UIW is required until completion of Thesis.

Additional Course Requirements

Students complete the core plus a research/synthesis component and an additional 9-15 semester hours of graduate level courses as established in the degree plan in consultation with the program director. Within the additional 9-15 hours of courses, one course must be a lecture course in nutrition. In addition, students may select electives to meet the requirements for the Didactic Program in Dietetics. Students may be required to complete other courses in order to meet these didactic requirements.

Comprehensive Understanding Requirement

Completion of a MS in Nutrition degree requires the student to pass a comprehensive examination.  The comprehensive exam includes both written and oral components and should be taken during the student’s last year of study.

Dietetic Internship

Students apply to the Dietetic Internship separately from the graduate program in Nutrition. For information about the Dietetic Internship please contact the Dietetic Internship Director. The Internship and the Didactic Program in Dietetics at the University of the Incarnate Word are currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The address and phone number of ACEND are: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606; 312-899-4876.