Nutrition and Health Sciences, MS
The master’s degree under Option A requires a thesis. Option A is most appropriate for students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, consisting of 20 to 24 credit hours of regular course work, plus a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 credit hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 8 credit hours, excluding thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option A is not available for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
Thesis Requirements. The subject of the thesis shall be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
The thesis must conform to the required style and format described in Steps to Degree Completion. A copy of the thesis and abstract must be approved by the student’s major advisor and submitted for preliminary review to the Master’s Programs Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in the summer sessions) before the date of the candidate’s final oral examination. A candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved. After passing the final oral examination, the thesis must be electronically submitted to the Master’s Programs Coordinator for a final review prior to being uploaded to Digital Commons.
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The master’s degree under Option B does not require a thesis. Option B is most appropriate for students pursuing practice-based or professional careers in which the master’s degree provides suitable training. Under Option B, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 15 credit hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The Master of Professional Accountancy plan of study may not include a minor.
The Master of Education plan of study may not include a minor, but must include at least 6 credit hours of education courses outside the major.
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Accelerated Master's Programs allow University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate students to pursue this degree in an abreviated timline.
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Dual Degree programs allow students to be admitted to two degree programs simultaneously with approval of each Graduate Program Committee and the Dean(s) for Graduate Studies.
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The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences offers graduate degrees within Research Areas and Professional Specializations that are driven by the graduate faculty.
The Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences is internationally recognized for its research, teaching, and outreach programs. Our classrooms and research laboratories are state-of-the-art and every graduate student is matched with an advisor whose expertise matches the student's career interests.
Our Department offers research-based degrees in several diverse areas of study: Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition (Ph.D., M.S.); Community Nutrition and Health Promotion (Ph.D., M.S.); Exercise Physiology (Ph.D.); Food Literacy, Quality and Safety (Ph.D., M.S.); and Hospitality Management (M.S.). In addition, students can earn a non-research master's degree (M.S. without thesis) in Dietetics (RD required); Nutrition and Exercise; or Community Nutrition and Health Promotion.
Because of the diversity of degree programs offered through the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and the Nutrition Interdepartmental program, students are encouraged to refer to the Nutrition and Health Sciences website to learn more about areas of study and degree programs, admission requirements, and step-by-step instructions on how to apply.
Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
Community Nutrition & Health Promotion
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The focus of the Hospitality Management specialization is unique in Nebraska. No other department in the NU system proposes the same specialization. This specialization will provide students with the unique opportunity to develop expertise in an area of growing need both within and outside the state of Nebraska.
Program-Specific Application Requirements
- GRE (optional)
- Personal Statement: In approximately 500 words, outline your career objectives and identify 1) how your hospitality employment background has prepared you for graduate study, and 2) how the Hospitality Management specialization will help you to achieve your career objectives.
Required Courses Number Course Title Credits HRTM 883 Hospitality Finance 3 HRTM 881 Legal Environment in Hospitality Management 3 HRTM 876 Internship in Hospitality Management 3 Elective Courses
Select one of the following courses.
Number Course Title Credits HRTM 874 Food and Beverage Management 3 HRTM 875 Club Management 3 HRTM 880 Advanced Tourism 3 HRTM 885 Advanced Lodging Operations 3 HRTM 889 Advanced Event Operations 3
Nutrition and Exercise
Professional Studies in Dietetics
Program-Specific Application Requirements
- Resume/CV: Include in your resume all of the following information in sufficient detail to clearly indicate your experiences and achievements: 1) Academic Degrees (degree and date conferred or expected); 2) Honors and Awards (name of honor or award and year received); 3) Certifications; 4) Work Experience (title, employer, date range of work experience, brief explanation of responsibilities); 5) Volunteer/Leadership/Other Experience (role, organization name, date range of experience, brief explanation of experience); 6) Professional/Organizational Memberships (organization name and length of membership). It is expected that your resume will be longer than one page.
- Personal Statement: In approximately 1000 words, address the following: 1) Why do you want to enter the dietetics profession? 2) What experiences have you had that have helped prepare you for your career? 3) What are your short-term and long-term goals? 4) What are your strengths and areas needing improvement? 5) Any other information you consider important for the admissions committee.
- Coursework: Professional Studies in Dietetics Coursework Form.
- Recommendations: Two letters must be from a collegiate academic reference and one must be from a supervisor at a current or former place of employment.
- Additional Information: You do not need to complete the Experience, Awards, and Publications section of the application's Additional Information page, as these components are addressed elsewhere.
Graduate Admission Requirements
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.
If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency is required.
When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Program-Specific Admission Requirements
The "Professional Studies in Dietetics" and "Hospitality Management" specializations have unique requirements--see Specialization section above for details.
For all other specializations:
- Three recommendation letters
- Personal Statement: This statement is one of the most critical parts of your application. This is your opportunity to tell us about your personal and professional goals, why you desire a graduate degree in this area, and anything else that provides the Graduate Committee with a glimpse of "who you are." Demonstrate that your goals have been well thought out and that you understand what you are getting into. If you have job and/or volunteer experience that is relevant to your academic pursuits, provide details. It is helpful to highlight your strengths, although you should also address any weaknesses (such as poor grades or low GRE scores) and describe how that will affect your success as a graduate student. If you believe extenuating circumstances have hindered your academic progress, describe them in enough detail to help the Graduate Committee judge your application. (1-2 pages)
- Faculty: Applicants must have a confirmed advisor before applying. Applicants must communicate with individual graduate faculty by providing compelling reasons why their application should be considered in addition to serving as their graduate research advisor. Detailing volunteer, professional, and research experience as well as demonstrating passion and interest in their areas of research are key components. At least one faculty must agree to serve as the applicant's advisor before an applicant can submit their application. Applicants who apply without a confirmed advisor will be denied.
- Funding: See NUHS Graduate Programs for information about applying for graduate assistantships and fellowships.
Admission Application Deadlines
For financial consideration: March 15 for Fall. October 15 for Spring.
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