The Texas State combined MS/DI option offers a student-centered path to graduate education and the RD credential. The masters of science in human nutrition offers a challenging and current curriculum spanning molecular to community-based nutrition. The MS and the DI can be combined in a variety of ways, depending on the needs and interest of the individual student. Both thesis and non-thesis options exist, and the MS program in human nutrition offers a path to earn a verification statement at the graduate level.
As part of an Emerging Research University, the MS in human nutrition offers unique opportunities for students to engage in faculty-guided original scientific research. Students who are interested in research, applying to a PhD program, or pursuing a career in higher education are encouraged to complete a master's thesis with a member of the graduate faculty. Students who combine the MS/DI and complete a thesis are eligible for graduate research and teaching assistanships, as well as a specialty research rotation during the supervised practice portion of their program.