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Human Nutrition

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The nutrition and foods program is housed in a modern building and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including anthropometric instruments, phlebotomy facilities, a serum analyzer, and a plethora of molecular biological apparati. Faculty are student-centered and engaged in cutting-edge research that they use to inform their teaching.

The program offers a student-centered, research-focused, challenging curriculum that focuses on the nutrition needs of today’s society.

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If you have program-specific questions after reviewing the program details, we encourage you contact the following:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Ramona Salcedo Price
Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS), Room 287J

Advisor Support
Lindsey Menge
Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS), 287-G

“I will leave the graduate program at Texas State with many things. An education, a degree, a better understanding of the human condition ... Texas State filled my mind; these people filled my heart.ˮ

– Alex Hurst, M.S. ’16

Course Work

Course work is based on lectures, service-learning, and research experience. Students choose either a thesis option (33 total hours required) or a non-thesis option (39 total hours required). Thesis-option students take core courses and electives, engaging in original scientific research that culminates in a thesis. Non- thesis-option students take electives in consultation with the graduate advisor.

Degree Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S. 39 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S. 33 Thesis No minor
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Many alumni are registered dieticians working in a variety of arenas including clinical settings, biomedical research or private practice. Students leave well-versed regarding the latest research.

Program Mission

Texas State University offers a master of science degree in human nutrition to meet the needs of industry, the public sector, and academia. The human nutrition program provides graduate education that equips students with technical skills and scientific knowledge for the integration of food and nutraceuticals to improve human health in the 21st century.

Graduates will develop critical thinking and research skills to:

  • develop innovative approaches to problem-solving
  • acquire knowledge and skills to support the pursuit of doctoral degrees
  • prepare for research careers in nutrition and food arenas
  • integrate cutting-edge nutrition knowledge into dietetics practice

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Program Faculty

Faculty research includes:

  • feeding patterns of infants, toddlers, and children in Central Texas
  • implementation and evaluation of community-based interventions to pediatric obesity
  • implementation of adult weight management through interventions
  • prevention of colon cancer progression via dietary manipulation
  • effect of food-derived compounds on behavior and brain function
  • effects of diet and physical activity on cognitive function in cancer survivors as well as biomarkers of cancer prognosis and survival
  • signaling pathways underlying the obesity-cancer association
  • metabolic abnormalities and prostate cancer progression

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Career Options

The program prepares students to meet the needs of industry, the public sector, and academia in the following roles:

  • registered dietitian
  • development manager
  • consultant to functional food/nutraceutical company
  • system clinical nutrition manager
  • community nutrition
  • health education coordinator
  • clinical education coordinator
  • nutrition instructor
  • doctoral studies in food science/nutrition

Application Process

Step 1

Review Requirements

Application Deadlines

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall - Priority January 15 January 15
Fall - Standard March 1 March 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I No Admission No Admission
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a firm deadline.

Funding Information
Applications must be complete by the priority deadline to be considered for certain types of funding.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a firm basis.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. Additional information for applicants with international credentials can be found on our international web pages.


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Application Fee

  • $55 nonrefundable application fee
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials

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Transcripts & GPA 

  • baccalaureate degree (preferably in nutrition, food science or a related field) from a regionally accredited university
  • a copy of an official transcript from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)
  • background course work in: 
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Biochemistry
    • Introductory Biology
    • Introductory Chemistry (at least two semesters)
    • Introductory Nutrition 
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition in the Lifespan
    • Organic Chemistry (at least one course) 

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GRE Scores

  • GRE not required


  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose describing your professional aspirations and rationale for pursuing graduate study
  • three letters of recommendation from professionals or academics competent to assess your interest in pursuing a career in nutrition

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Applicants are required to submit TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

  This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

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