The mission of the Master of Science degree program is to prepare graduates to practice in advanced level professional positions in the fields of clinical nutrition, community nutrition, and/or food and nutrition management. The program offers a unique opportunity to dietetics professionals in southern West Virginia. It is open to persons who have completed a bachelor’s degree in dietetics at a regionally accredited institution and have been admitted to the dietetic internship certificate program or are currently a Registered Dietitian.
Prospective students who wish to apply for admission to the master’s degree program must meet the admission requirements for the internship, described in detail at www.marshall.edu/dietetics.
Application to Marshall University’s Dietetic Internship is completed through a centralized application system known as DICAS. Applicants will apply online using the DICAS application. To learn more about the DICAS application process visit https://portal.dicas.org/. If a student is admitted to the Dietetic Internship, he or she will receive further instructions for the Dietetic Internship Director regarding formal application to the graduate program.
Upon successful completion of the internship certificate program, students will submit an additional application requesting full admission to the master’s program.
Any other prospective students must currently hold the status of Registered Dietitian through the Commission on Dietetic Registration or a Verification Statement from an accredited DPD program. Admission of Registered Dietitians will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the department.
Those holding Verification Statements can be conditionally admitted for one semester. Full admission will be contingent on acceptance to the Dietetic Internship program and all requirements for full admission being met. Both types of potential students should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission.
Students presently enrolled in or who have completed the internship certificate program, which consists of seven courses, accumulate 21 graduate credits, which provide the basis for the master’s degree. The degree consists of a total of 36 graduate credit hours.
The student and advisor will develop a Plan of Study or blueprint for graduation requirements. The Plan of Study must be on file in the Graduate College office before the student registers for the 12th semester hour.
- In addition to the internship certificate requirements, students pursuing a master’s degree choose from one of three concentration areas: clinical nutrition, community nutrition, or food/nutrition management.
- Course requirements can vary and must be approved by the student’s advisor.
- Students are provided with an option to complete a thesis and nine additional hours of coursework in the chosen area of concentration. Those choosing a thesis option will be required to defend the thesis orally.
- Students choosing a non-thesis option will be required to complete an additional 15 hours of coursework in the chosen concentration and to sit for a written and oral comprehensive examination in their final semester.
For specific course requirements, prospective students should consult the department chair for further details.
In addition to the requirements listed in the Graduate College’s standards for Good Standing, a student pursuing a degree in Dietetics will:
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and receive a score of satisfactory or better on all preceptor evaluations, when applicable.