Non-Thesis and Thesis Tracks

Thesis & Non-Thesis Options

In the combined MS/DI, students can choose the thesis track and complete an independent research project with faculty support, or the non-thesis track and take additional elective courses to round out their degree program.

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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, click below or join one of our information sessions.

Non-Thesis Summary

39 credits, 23 months
Combines core, elective & DI rotations
Apply by January 15th

Complete the MS/DI non-thesis track on either of the schedules below.
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Option 1: Complete DI rotations and then complete MS coursework

Students who elect this track would begin their program with their dietetic internship rotations. Rotations begin in the Summer 2 semester (July) and continue through the following Fall and Spring semesters. Four graduate courses are also completed in this first year. The remaining coursework for the MS in Human Nutrition is completed during the second year. Students enrolled after June 2022 will be eligible to take the RD exam after they complete both the dietetic internship and MS in Human Nutrition.

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

Option 2: Complete MS coursework and then complete DI rotations

Students who elect this track would begin their program with coursework for the MS in human nutrition. Coursework could begin in Fall or Spring semesters and continue throughout the following one or two semesters. Rotations begin in the Summer 2 semester (July) and continue through the following Fall and Spring. Supervised practice rotations would begin in July of the second year. Students enrolled after June 2022 will be eligible to take the RD exam after they complete both the dietetic internship and MS in Human Nutrition.

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

36 credits, 36 months
Combines coursework, rotations, & nutrition research
Apply by January 15th

Complete the MS/DI thesis track on either schedule below.

A Skill-Building Experience

“My thesis experience exposed me to so much more than I could have ever imagined. Not only did I gain a tremendous amount of knowledge regarding my topic of study, but I also learned verbal/writing communication skills, accountability, intrinsic motivation, and how to lead a research team."

- Colton Scott, TXST MS/DI Class of '22

Option 1: Begin with DI rotations & end with MS coursework and thesis research.

Students who elect this track begin their program by completing the dietetic internship rotations. In their second and third years, students on this track would complete thesis research and MS in Human Nutrition coursework. Thesis research is completed with guidance and support of Texas State graduate faculty with the goal of publishing and contributing to the advancement of knowledge in nutrition science. Students enrolled after June 2022 will be eligible to take the RD exam after they complete both the dietetic internship and MS in Human Nutrition.

Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Enrollment DI MS Core Courses MS Core Courses
Research Find Thesis Advisor Design & Propose Thesis Research Conduct Research & Defend Thesis

Option 2: Complete MS coursework and thesis and then complete DI rotations.

Students who elect this track begin their program with MS coursework and thesis research. In their third year, students on this track would complete dietetic internship rotations and finish their thesis research. Thesis research is completed with guidance and support of Texas State graduate faculty with the goal of publishing and contributing to the advancement of knowledge in nutrition science. Students enrolled after June 2022 will be eligible to take the RD exam after they complete both the dietetic internship and MS in Human Nutrition.

Year Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Enrollment MS Core Courses MS Core Courses DI
Research Find Thesis Advisor Design & Propose Thesis Research Conduct Research & Defend Thesis

Discover Nutrition Science

Interested in gaining experience with nutrition research, earning a PhD, or working in higher education? Work with a graduate faculty member to complete a master's thesis. Click below to learn about research in our program.