M.S. in Nutrition

Female TWU dietitian talks to a male patient who has food options on table in front of him

For as little as 12 months and under $15,000, you can have your master's degree and be ready for the next step in your career. Choose between 100% online or a combination of online/classroom courses in Denton or Houston.

Electives merge the science of nutrition with a broader view of wellness, community and the environment.

Careers & Salaries

Career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Research and development in the food industry
  • Academia
  • Writing and publishing
  • Nutrition consultancy
  • Marketing for nutrition companies

Salaries in these professions vary widely. Payscale.com currently lists a median annual income of $61,000 for clinical nutrition managers and $68,000 for pharmaceutical sales representatives.

Why Nutrition at TWU?

You can tailor our master’s in Nutrition to meet your professional needs.

If you are working full-time, want to advance your career and complete your degree at your own pace, choose our online master’s option. The 36 credit hours of coursework for this degree mirrors that offered in the classroom. No thesis is required.

If you already have a nutrition-related bachelor’s degree and want to become an RDN, select the dietetic internship/master's program. Or, if you are an RDN looking for an advanced degree that will better position you for academia or management, pick the master’s offered on our Denton and Houston campuses with either a coursework (36 credit hours) or thesis (30 credit hours) option.

If you do not have a nutrition background and want to be an RDN, we recommend completing our undergraduate BS in Nutrition (Dietetics) program before pursuing your master's.

The MS in Nutrition along with the dietetic internship prepares graduates to take the national Registration Examination for Dietitians and apply for a license to practice through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians. Licensing of dietitians in Texas is voluntary. If you are a resident of another state, contact our department to determine whether our program fulfills requirements to apply for licensure in your home state.

Our program is cost-effective and gives students an opportunity to complete their entire degree in an online environment. It focuses on clinical nutrition and uses evidenced-based nutrition practice. Mindy Patterson, Ph.D., assistant professor of nutrition

Program Requirements

This program can be completed within one year, if you attend full-time, including summer. You must complete the master’s program within six years of starting. 

See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

Please note: If you are participating currently in an internship sponsored by a university other than TWU, those credits will not transfer to the TWU master’s program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the TWU Graduate School

When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

*Admission to the Master's Programs in Nutrition & Food Sciences

Program Contact


Application Deadlines

Fall — June 15
Spring — October 1
Summer — April 1

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate semester credit hour prerequisites, including
    • Chemistry, including Organic and Biochemistry (9-12 hours)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (3-4 hours)
    • Introduction to Nutrition (3 hours)
    • Upper-level Nutrition, Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients and Micronutrients and Nutrition through the Lifecycle (6-9 hours)
  • Preferred minimum GRE score of 143 verbal and 141 quantitative; GMAT 330 total or verbal score of 21 and quantitative score or 17; or MCAT total score of 500-507 (125-126 critical analysis/reading; biological and biochemical foundations of living systems: 125-126
  • Minimum 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 undergraduate semester credit hours and all post-baccalaureate and graduate semester credit hours.
  • Applicants who meet the above criteria with exception of GPA may qualify for provisional admission if they have at least a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) on the last 60 undergraduate semester credit hours. If the applicant has previously earned graduate credits from TWU or another regionally accredited graduate program, the first 12 credit hours completed will be considered in lieu of the last 60 undergraduate hours.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU (or alternate test identified above.)

For More Information

Online program (coursework only)
Monique LeMieux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Mindy Patterson, Ph.D., RDN, LD
Assistant Professor

On campus program (thesis or coursework only options)
Monique LeMieux, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Karen Moreland, M.S., RDN, LD
Associate Clinical Professor

Page last updated 3:55 PM, July 18, 2019