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 18 months and just $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 and 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 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.

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

The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences requires undergraduate semester credit hours prerequisites for this degree program. See full program requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

This program is designed to be completed within two years, if you attend full-time. You must complete the master’s program within six years of starting.

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.

How To Apply

See the Admissions Office for TWU admission requirements. You need to apply and be accepted into the TWU Graduate School before acceptance into the Nutrition program. Also, internship applications are accepted separately from the master’s degree program.

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 10:25 AM, September 28, 2018