Nutrition and Dietetics - Graduate Program


Graduate Program Coordinator:
Katherene Anguah, PhD 
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Nutrition and Dietetics


 The Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics

   Greetings Dear Graduate Students,

 Thank you for your interest in our Master’s program leading to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics degree at Louisiana Tech University. Our program uses outcome  based research and evidence-based practice to understand the relationship between food intake and health outcomes at the individual, family and community level.

 Students in the graduate program benefit from faculty with diverse research and teaching backgrounds. We are devoted to training students to becoming independent  and proficient in their future careers in Nutrition and Dietetics. Welcome aboard, we are proud to have you here.





Katherene OB Anguah, PhD

Graduate Program Director





The mission of the Master of Science program in Nutrition and Dietetics is to prepare nutrition and dietetics professions to utilize and perform outcome based research and engage in evidence-based practice. The program provides the education, research, and service to impact the nutritional well-being of individuals, families, consumers, and communities.


General Information
• Degree awarded is the Master of Science
• Degree is awarded only to Registered Dietitians and those who are eligible to take the RD exam
• Course work is offered in conjunction with an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship for those who wish to complete both programs simultaneously
• Degree includes two options: Thesis (30 hours) or Non-thesis (39 hours)
• Both options require completion of a research project
• Students are encouraged to complete outcomes based research on-the-job
• Specialized Food and Nutrition courses are offered on-line
• Graduate assistantships and scholarships are available for full-time students


What our students and alumni say about the program:


Asmikta Poudyal, MS, RD, LDN (2014 Graduate)

So far I can proudly say I belong to Latech. Its master’s curriculum is also well planned. I find faculty helpful and supportive. FNU program is diverse.


Kara BerningKara Berning, MS, RD, LDN (2015 Graduate)


Thefaculty in the graduate program are awesome! They are always available to answer any questions you have to help you achieve your ultimate goal, graduating with your Master's of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics. All of the faculty want to see you succeed and they push you to be the best you can to insure you leave Louisiana Tech with the knowledge you need to be a better dietitian. I wouldn't have wanted any other professors teaching and guiding me through completing my Master's degree!


Caroline KellyCaroline Kelly, MS, RD, LDN (2014 Graduate)


The faculty, flexibility of classes and the friends that I experienced through the Nutrition and Dietetics department at Louisiana Tech are like none other.  I couldn’t have imagined getting through grad school and a thesis project without each aspect of my experience.  The closeness between all the faculty members as well as the faculty and students makes the experience unique.  Every class taught and prepared me for all future nutrition experiences.  

As a graduate student at Louisiana Tech, I was able to choose which classes I wanted to take based on my interest.  Online classes allowed me to work as a Graduate Assistant in the food labs and food service management classes at LATech while I completed my own coursework.  Since my current job is a food service manager, helping with the food service management classes and food labs as a graduate student prepared me to perform my job well.


Christie Clark MartinChristie Clark, MS, RD, LDN (2015 Graduate)


The faculty at La Tech was very helpful.  Each of my instructors and professors were always available to answer questions and provide guidance when needed.  At first, I was nervous about taking online courses, but I had wonderful professors who quickly eased my nerves and made the transition from in-class to online a breeze!

My committee offered a great deal of support and advice during the time I was writing my thesis and preparing it for defense.  I had a wonderful group of professors who I knew I could turn to with any questions or concerns.  My thesis was a qualitative study, and the research was extensive.  My committee supported me wholeheartedly and allowed me to explore a new area of research that I was not too familiar with. They pushed me to do my best.  It was a great experience and I am very thankful for their guidance.



Whitney WallaceWhitney Wallace, MS, RD, LDN (2014 Graduate)


My experience as a graduate student gave me in-depth nutrition knowledge and understanding, which has helped me be more effective and confident in my current role as an outpatient nutrition counselor.  In addition, the graduate program gave me a basic understanding of research.  I feel capable of participating in or initiating research studies at my current job.
My advisor was a great mentor during my thesis project.  Prior to my thesis project, I had no experience completing an entire research project.  My advisor helped shape my ideas into a feasible project that I could complete, which I appreciated.

Contact us for more information:

Dr. Katherene Anguah, Graduate Program Coordinator
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Dr. Amy Yates, Director, School of Human Ecology
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Ruston, LA 71272
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Dr. Bill Campbell, Associate Dean, College of Applied and Natural Sciences
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Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA 71272
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