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Non-thesis Option

The Texas State master of science in human nutrition and dietetic internship can be combined in a variety of ways, depending on student need and interest. The non-thesis option is 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. For more information about combining the MS in human nutrition and the dietetic internship, please contact the Coordinator of Admissions and Outreach for the graduate program or the Dietetic Internship Director.

masters students in human nutrition and dietetic interns learn in class

Pathways to Completion

Students who do not wish to complete a master's thesis, can choose to combine the MS/DI according to either of the pathways described below.

1. Complete the DI and then complete the MS core courses
Students who elect this track would begin their program by completing the dietetic internship. The DI begins in the Summer 2 semester and spans the following Fall and Spring semesters. During the DI, supervised practice rotations are completed alongside core courses and electives for the MS program.

Students on this track would complete the remaining core courses and electives for the MS in human nutrition during their second year. Core courses could include Nutrition and Disease, Metabolism 1 and 2, Nutrition and Exercise, and Ethics. Please click here for a current list of core courses for the MS in human nutrition.

Following this track, the MS/DI can be completed in approximately 23 months. Please note that this estimate of time to completion has been made based on a Summer 2 semester start. Individual course loads and other factors may affect time to completion.

Semester SU2 F SP F SP
Enrollment DI DI DI MS MS
Credits 6 6 6 12 9

Total credits:     39
(Schedule above is based on current course offerings. In their second year, students take 12 credit hours in either the fall or spring semester to complete MS requirements. Individual course schedules will be determined after matriculation.)

2. Complete the MS core courses and then complete the DI
Students who elect this track would begin their program by completing most of the core courses for the MS in human nutrition. Core courses could include Nutrition and Disease, Metabolism 1 and 2, Nutrition and Exercise, and Ethics. Please click here for a current list of core courses for the MS in human nutrition. These courses would be taken during the first two semesters of enrollment.

Students on this track would enter the dietetic internship in the Summer 2 semester of the following year. They would complete supervised practice rotations alongside the remaining core courses and electives for the MS program.

Following this track, the MS/DI can be completed in approximately 23 months. Please note that this estimate of time to completion has been made based on a fall semester start. Spring starts, individual course loads, and other factors may affect time to completion.

Semester F SP SU2 F SP
Enrollment MS MS DI DI DI
Credits 12 9 6 6 6

Total credits:     39
(Schedule above is based on current course offerings. In their first year, students planning for this option should take 12 credit hours of core courses in the fall semester and nine credit hours of core courses in the spring semester to complete MS requirements. Individual course schedules will be determined after matriculation.)