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The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences offers an Online MS in Nutrition program at Texas Woman's University.  This is a 100% online program that allows you the flexibility to complete the degree at your own pace (not to exceed 6 years) from anywhere without any disruption to your career.  This program option is excluded from the Combined Master's/Dietetic Internship programs in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.  

Program of Study

The Online MS in Nutrition curriculum includes a study of food in its entirety, the individual food components, and the influence they have on the human body.  The core courses provide a foundation on which to build a comprehensive education.  The elective courses merge the science of nutrition with a broader view of wellness, community, and the environment, while still allowing the student the flexibility to follow his or her interests by offering a range of topics such as food safety, dietary supplements, metabolic diseases, and nutritional issues in health.  Students are required to fulfill all requirements within six years after admission into the program.

NOTE: Students in the Master of Science coursework only option programs in Nutrition, Food Systems Administration, and Food Science admitted before fall semester 2014 may choose to take the exit exam or complete the capstone seminar course for degree completion. Students admitted for or after fall semester 2014 must complete the capstone seminar course for degree completion.


All degree programs at Texas Woman's University are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Decatur Ln; Decatur, GA  30033-4097; 404-679-4500;

Career Opportunities

Examples of career opportunities include:

  • Academic (opportunity to enter into a PhD program)
  • Instructor (high schools, community colleges, universities)
  • Marketing (nutrition companies, pharmaceutical sales representative)
  • Nutritional Consultant (community health centers, private and group practice)
  • Complementary Healthcare (medical centers, health clubs/gyms, sports teams/training)
  • Writer/Publisher (books, magazines, newsletters, newspapers)

Who Should Be Enrolled in This Program?

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionists
  • Individuals with full-time jobs and the desire to obtain an MS in Nutrition in the online format
  • Healthcare providers interested in expanding nutrition knowledge or earning an MS degree

Admission Requirements

For unconditional admission, applicants must present:

  1. Official transcripts that show evidence of prerequisite courses and at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 credit hours.
  2. Evidence of completing the Graduate Record Examination with a preferred minimum score of 143 (350 original) on the verbal portion and 141 (450 original) on the quantitative portion.
  3. A one to two page résumé providing evidence of work and volunteer experience related to intended field of study.

Applicants who meet the above criteria with exception of GPA may qualify for provisional admission if they have at least a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) on the last 60 credit hours.

Applicants who meet all other requirements but lack up to 6 credit hours of prerequisite undergraduate courses may be admitted provisionally to the Online MS in Nutrition program.  Students may take these missing prerequisite undergraduate courses at any institution after receiving written approval from the Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences.

In addition to these general requirements, the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences requires the following minimum undergraduate prerequisites for Online MS in Nutrition:

     Chemistry (including Organic and Biochemistry)      9-12 hours
     Human Anatomy and Physiology         3-4 hours
     Introduction to Nutrition      3 hours
     Advanced Nutrition      3-5 hours
     Nutrition Through Life Cycle      3 hours

Students are accepted into the Online MS in Nutrition program after individual transcript evaluation.  Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  TOEFL may be required of students whose native language is not English.  The GRE must be taken prior to the application process.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission - June 15
Spring Admission - October 1
Summer Admission - April 1

To apply for admission, please go to ApplyTexas.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 semester credit hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher is needed to fulfill the MS degree requirements.  A maximum of 9 hours of the total credit hours required may be transferred from other institutions to this program upon recommendation of the advisory committee.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding fees and tuition, please follow the link to the Office of the Bursar at TWU.

Financial Aid

For information regarding financial aid, please follow the link to the Financial Aid Office at TWU.  The TWU Financial Aid Office and Library have directories of private scholarship sources that you are welcome to explore.  In addition, the Financial Aid Tools and Guides website has links to free online scholarship and financial aid searches. 

Contact Information

    Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences

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