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

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)
  • GRE required

See full admission requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

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.

How To Apply

  1. Apply to the TWU Graduate School
  2. After the graduate school reviews your application, the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences will review your application for acceptance into the program

Internship applications are accepted separately from the master’s degree program. See the Admissions Office for TWU graduate admission requirements.

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 10:35 AM, April 12, 2019