Students pursuing the MS degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Louisiana Tech University will choose from one of two options: (a) the thesis option; or (b) the non-thesis option. The thesis option is a 30 hour program, including 6 hours of thesis. The non-thesis option is a 39 hour program, including 3 hours of non-thesis research.
Students in either option complete the same 12 hour core:
• Food & Nutrition 528: Nutritional Management of Cardiovascular Disease (3 Cr)
• Food & Nutrition 529: Nutritional Management of Diabetes (3 Cr)
• Health Information Management 505: Health Informatics Advanced Statistical Methods (3 Cr)
• Human Ecology 504: Research Methodology (3 Cr)
• Human Ecology 585: Comprehensive Examination in Human Ecology (0 Cr)
All students complete a research project:
• Students in the thesis option complete a thesis and are awarded 6 hours credit (HEC 551)
• Students in the non-thesis option complete a 3-hour non-thesis project (HEC 506C)
Nutrition and Dietetics courses:
• Students in the thesis option complete a minimum of 6 and up to 12 hours of additional Nutrition and Dietetics course work. Courses are selected in consultation with the advisor based on student interest and availability.
• Students in the non-thesis option complete a minimum of 15 and up to 24 hours of additional Nutrition and Dietetics course work. Courses are selected in consultation with the advisor based on interests and availability.
Students may select graduate course work from related areas such as Biological Sciences, Health Informatics and Information Management, Kinesiology, Psychology, Counseling, and Family and Consumer Sciences to round out their degree requirements.
• Students in the thesis option can complete up to 6 hours in a related field.
• Students in the non-thesis option can complete up to 9 hours in a related field.