Degree Requirements

M.S. Degree Requirements

This program offers course work in the biochemical, clinical, and behavioral aspects of nutrition. The M.S. degree thesis option requires 30 credit hours, and the nonthesis option requires 33 credit hours for completion. Students may enroll full-time or part-time, and a variety of classes are available online. Approximately 12 to 15 credit hours of the program are elective courses that may be tailored to individual career goals. Individuals completing the dietetic internship option and proceeding to the M.S. degree will not have the elective course option.

To view the full curriculum and degree requirements please visit the program's website.

Required Courses Thesis Nonthesis
DN 834 Methods of Research in Nutrition
3 3
Biostatistics (700-800 level) 3 3
DN 895 Advanced Macronutrients and Integrated Metabolism 3 3
DN 896 Advanced Micronutrients and Integrated Metabolism 3 3
DN 817 Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition I
1 1
DN 818 Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition II 1 1
DN 819 Scientific Writing for the Nutritional Sciences 1 1
Research (DN 899 Thesis or DN 854 Special Problems in Dietetics and Nutrition) 3 (minimum) 3
*Electives 12 15

*For M.S. students who are former KUMC dietetic interns, 14 hours of DN electives competed during the internship count as the elective hours. For M.S. students who are not former KUMC interns, up to 6 graduate credit hours of electives may be taken outside the department if the courses are relevant to the career goals of the student.

Thesis Option: DN 899

Thesis research can be completed over several semesters. It involves all aspects of research including a proposal, collection and analysis of data, and a thesis. The thesis is presented in written form and orally in a 30-minute presentation to the thesis committee with 30 minutes of questions from the thesis committee. Degree completion requires a 30-minute general oral examination before the thesis committee.

Nonthesis Option: DN 854

The project is generally completed in 1 to 2 semesters. It may include 1 or more of the following:

  • Writing an intensive review of the literature on a given topic, based on Evidence Based Analysis procedures of the Academic of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Participation with a faculty member in the development of a research proposal or grant.
  • Participation with a faculty member in conducting a pilot project.
  • Participation with a faculty member in the design, implementation, or evaluation of a program in a specialized area of dietetics practice.
  • Collection and/or analysis of data in conjunction with a faculty member engaged in research.

A 3- to 5-page written proposal with presentation and final 3-5 page write-up of the project conclusion. Degree completion requires a 1-hour general oral examination before the research committee.

Contact Info

Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

KU Medical Center
Mail Stop 4013, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Heather Gibbs, Master of Science Program Director
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