2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Dietetics, MS

(Inaugural Class Fall 2020)


Program of Study

The MS in dietetics provides the opportunity to complete the necessary coursework and supervised practice hours after completing the TCU Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. Curriculum is based on educational standards mandated by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Combined BS/MS in Dietetics offers the unique opportunity to acquire the required didactic instruction (lecture and laboratory courses) and supervised practice experience hours necessary to meet the Core Knowledge and Competencies for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist as mandated by ACEND. Graduates receive verification and establish eligibility to write the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

Admission to TCU is required for all programs; however, admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics. Eligibility for admission to the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics is based on successful completion of at least 60 semester hours with a GPA of at least 3.0 for Nutrition (NTDT) classes and an Associated Requirements GPA of 2.75, 45 semester hours of required prerequisites and major courses, 200 hours of documented food or nutrition practical experience, and an application packet. Application packets for the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics must be received by Feb. 1 (typically of the sophomore undergraduate year), and applicants are notified of provisional acceptance by April 15 of the same year. Students who are accepted begin the program the following academic year in August. Final acceptance/enrollment in the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics depends on successful completion of work in progress and ongoing school prerequisites. Conditional admission to the MS is granted to applicants who have completed all admission formalities and have a sufficient and superior undergraduate record but who have not completed undergraduate requirements.

Conditional admission will be changed to unconditional admission when the necessary prerequisites and/or admission formalities have been fulfilled, in addition, students must abide by all program policies and procedures in order to continue in the MS in Dietetics program.

A student's continuation in the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics is contingent upon attainment of a strong academic record and successful completion of the program sequence. In order to earn the BS in Dietetics degree, the student must attain a minimum NTDT GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the Associated Requirements, plus earn a "C-" or better in all NTDT courses and a grade of "C-" or better in all Associated Requirements. A student must earn at least a 300 on the Graduate Record Examination by Dec. of the last year in the BS portion of the combined BS/MS dietetic (typically the fourth year) to continue in the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics program and have graduate admission through the College of Science & Engineering by the spring of the final BS semester. A student who does not meet all of these requirements cannot continue in the combined BS/MS in Dietetics.

Students enrolled in the MS in dietetics who do not meet all of the requirements to graduate with an MS in dietetics have the option to pursue verification from the TCU Didactic Program in Dietetics in order to be eligible to pursue a dietetic Internship if they have earned a BS in dietetics from TCU. Further information about the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics is available in the undergraduate catalog.

Students can graduate with a BS in dietetics and begin the graduate program, but they will not earn verification to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians if they are unable to complete the graduate degree requirements and do not earn the MS in Dietetics degree. In order to earn the MS in Dietetics degree, the student must attain a minimum graduate NTDT GPA of 3.0 and earn a “C-“ or better in all NTDT graduate courses. All final 50000- and 60000-level course grades will be included in the computation of the graduate GPA, but no more than two grades of “C+” or lower may be utilized in satisfying the degree requirements.

Students complete 12 hours of dual undergraduate/graduate credit during the fourth year of undergraduate study. At the end of the fourth year, assuming that all other undergraduate graduation requirements are met, the student earns his/her BS degree in dietetics. During the fifth year of the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics program, the student completes the remaining 20-22 graduate credit hours (10-12 hours of coursework, 10 hours of supervised practice) toward the MS in Dietetics degree. A minimum of 32 credit hours is required to graduate with the MS in Dietetics. Students intending to pursue the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics must earn a BS in dietetics from TCU. In addition, all 30000, 40000, 50000 and 60000 NTDT courses must be taken from TCU.
Students may choose to complete a thesis in the MS in Dietetics. In order to complete the thesis option, students must complete 3 hours of NTDT 70980 and three hours of NTDT 70990. Thesis students are required to complete all other coursework necessary for the MS in Dietetics.

Information about costs for tuition and University fees is available through the TCU Office of Admission or Financial Services. More detailed costs for students are outlined in the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics Student Handbook and include approximately $1,000-$1,500 per year for travel to supervised practice sites, vaccinations, lab fees, photocopying, school and office supplies, textbooks, lab coats, malpractice insurance and professional dues.

The TCU Combined BS/MS in Dietetics program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, Ill. 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext. 5400, www.eatright.org/ACEND.

Course Requirements:

Fourth year:

NTDT 55343Biochemical, Physiological, and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition


NTDT 55353Experimental Food Science


NTDT 55363Community Nutrition and Public Health


NTDT 55973Nutritional Sciences Seminar


Summer fourth year:

NTDT 60303Advanced Supervised Practice I


NTDT 60973Nutritional Sciences Graduate Seminar


Fifth year:

NTDT 60020Advanced Research Practice


NTDT 60313Advanced Supervised Practice II


NTDT 60324Advanced Supervised Practice III


NTDT 60443Nutritional Genomics


NTDT 60453Nutrition Ecology, Food, and Sustainability


Additional course requirements for thesis option:

NTDT 70980Thesis


NTDT 70990Thesis