The Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Louisiana Tech University focuses on the application of nutrition science in clinical, community and foodservice settings. The core curriculum includes courses in research methodology, statistics, cardiovascular nutrition and nutritional management of diabetes. Additional content courses are selected in consultation with a graduate advisory committee based on the student’s personal and career goals. Most required and elective classes are offered through electronic delivery. All students are required to complete a written comprehensive exam and a thesis or non-thesis research project. Students must come to campus to defend their research projects.
Admission Requirements are listed below:
1. Applicant must provide documentation showing they meet one of the following:
a. Is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
b. Has completed all requirements necessary to sit for the National Registration Exam (Is RD eligible)
c. Is currently enrolled in an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship at Louisiana Tech University or elsewhere
d. Has completed an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program within the past five years
e. Has completed substantial course work in nutrition and dietetics, has the necessary background for graduate level work in Nutrition and Dietetics, and has an interest in the applied focus of the program. This stipulation is only applicable to international students.
2. Has a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 OR a minimum GPA of 2.75 on the last 60 hours
3. Has earned Verbal + Quantitative scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) > 290 (students may request a one-quarter waiver of GRE scores; in such cases, students will be admitted conditionally for one quarter only; if satisfactory GRE scores are submitted, status will be changed to unconditional).
Students in the Dietetic Internship (DI) program at Louisiana Tech must be admitted to the MS program in Nutrition and Dietetics. While in the DI, interns complete 15 hours of Nutrition and Dietetics course work, although completion of the MS degree is not required. Students seeking admission into the Dietetic Internship at Louisiana Tech University must make separate application to the internship program. Students admitted into the MS program in Nutrition and Dietetics are not guaranteed admission into the DI. Admission to the Dietetic Internship is competitive and positions are limited. Admission requirements may exceed those listed above. Detailed information about the Dietetic internship can be accessed through the Louisiana Tech University Dietetic Internship web site or by contacting the DI Director, Mrs. Dawn Erickson.