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Thesis Option

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. More information about faculty research interests can be found here. 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. 

Pathways to Completion

Students who wish to complete a master's thesis, can combine the MS/DI according to either 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.

Research professor and nutrition masters student perform VO2 max testing together.
Nutrition graduate students discuss their masters thesis.

1. Complete the DI and then complete the MS core courses and your thesis.
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 their thesis research during their second and third years. 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. Students complete their thesis under the direction of Texas State graduate faculty in Human Nutrition. More information about faculty research interests can be found here.

Following this track, the MS/DI + thesis can be completed in approximately 36 months. Thesis students are eligible for graduate assistantships during the MS portion of their program. 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.

Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Semester Summer Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring
Coursework Take MS courses (DI) None    Take MS courses   None    Take MS courses  
Research/
Dietetic Internship
Complete Supervised Practice Rotations Design research project with thesis advisor Collect thesis data Write and defend thesis

 

Total Time to Completion: Approximately 36 months
(Please note, all time frames described here are approximate. Individual completion time depends on research progress.)

2. Complete the MS core courses and your thesis and then complete the DI.
Students who elect this track would begin their program by completing the core courses for the MS in human nutrition while developing and completing a thesis project. 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. Students complete their thesis under the direction of Texas State graduate faculty in Human Nutrition. More information about faculty research interests can be found here.

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

Following this track, the MS/DI + thesis can be completed in approximately 36 months. Thesis students are eligible for graduate assistantships during the MS portion of their program. Please note that this estimate of time to completion has been made based on a fall semester start. Spring starts, individual course loads, research progress and other factors may affect time to completion.

Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Semester Fall Spring Summer  Fall  Spring Summer Fall Spring Summer
Course work Take core MS courses Take core MS courses Take MS courses (DI)
Research Design research project
with thesis advisor
Collect
thesis data
Write and defend thesis Complete supervised practice
rotations (DI)

 

Total Time to Completion: Approximately 36 months
(Please note, all time frames described here are approximate. Individual completion time depends on research progress.)