Students who are interested in gaining experience with nutrition research, earning a PhD, or working in higher education are encouraged to work with a graduate faculty member to complete a master's thesis. Thesis work and the core MS courses can be successfully combined with the dietetic internship. Time to completion, and actual enrollment depend on a number of factors, including research planning and thesis progress. Thesis students are eligible for graduate research and teaching assistantships.
Pathway to Completion
Students who wish to complete a master's thesis, generally combine the MS/DI according to the pathway described below. Please note that all timelines described here are approximate and may change based on timing of individual enrollment, credit loads, and successful completion of courses and research.
|Year||Year 1||Year 2||Year 3|
|Course work||Take core MS courses||Take core MS courses||Take elective MS courses (DI)|
|Research||Design research project with
|Write and defend thesis||Complete supervised practice rotations (DI)|