The Multidisciplinary Studies Nutrition Track is designed for graduates and practitioners in the area of nutrition and dietetics to enhance and update their knowledge and skills in the field. The nutrition track courses are offered 100-percent online and will start fall 2020.
The interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum enables students who enroll in the track an opportunity to create their best degree curriculum based on their own career aspirations. All students will be involved in research and be required to complete a master’s project.
Students in this curriculum engage immediately in advanced courses in the area of nutrition. Certain background knowledge is necessary for success and thus, it is recommended applicants should have substantive coursework and a strong background in the areas of nutrition and dietetics.
Upon satisfactory completion of an approved course of study, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree is awarded.
Dr. Carol DeNysschen
Health, Nutrition and Dietetics Department
Caudell Hall 334
After completing the statement of intent, the student will plan a meeting with Dr. DeNysschen who will review the statement of intent, approve a plan of study, and agree to serve as project adviser. A detailed plan of study, including specific courses, is required.
When the principal adviser has been secured, the Principal Adviser Consent Form must be completed.
The principal adviser also enumerates any additional requirements the student must complete before being permitted to advance to candidacy, including but not limited to requiring that the student identify a second adviser (if needed) to support the course of study and read the eventual project.
The principal adviser is charged with working closely with the student throughout the plan of study and with service as a point of contact with the Graduate School to support and advise the student. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate and maintain contact and ongoing communication with the principal adviser.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale).
2. A two- to three-page statement of intent essay that includes educational and professional objectives and reasons for interest in a nontraditional study format.
3. Signed principal adviser consent form. Students in the nutrition track will be advised by Dr. Carol DeNysschen.
4. An interview with Dr. Kimberly Jackson, the multidisciplinary program coordinator, who will contact the student for an appointment after the completed application is received.
Nutrition Track Curriculum
Required Courses (18 credit hours)
Nutrition (12 credit hours)
NFS 500 Macronutrients
NFS 503 Nutrition Intervention in Disease States
NFS 510 Nutrition Education
NFS 605 Recent Advances in Nutrition
NFS 620 Seminar in Nutrition Electives
Research Methods and Master’s Project (6 credit hours)
SPF 689 Research Methods
NFS 690 Master’s Project
Sample Electives (12 credit hours)
ADE 500 Introduction to Adult Education
ADE 608 Instructional Design
ADE 610 Methods in Adult Education
CRS 530 Creative Teaching and Learning
Other courses available with advisement
Total credit hours 30
1. Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, comprising at least 15 hours of 600- and 700 level courses, including the master’s project.
2. A maximum of 15 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that offers a master’s degree when the student does a master’s project (3 credits).
3. A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that does not offer a master’s degree.
4. A maximum of 15 credit hours may be taken at another accredited institution. This coursework must conform to the limitations stated in 2 and 3 (above) and must have prior approval of the principal adviser. See Transfer Credit policy.
5. Only grades of B or better will be accepted as transfer credit. An official transcript showing transfer credit must be submitted to the Graduate School.
6. Coursework (including transfer credit) must be completed within the six-year period immediately preceding the date of completion of the program.
7. A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study may be included in the program.
8. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
9. Master of Science candidates must complete a) a research methods course and b) a supervised project approved by the principal adviser. Individual principal advisers may impose further requirements on candidates based on practices and policies of their home department (second reader or oral defense for example). These must be specified in writing at the outset of the degree program (completed principal adviser consent form).
10. A Degree Candidacy Application Form, approved by the student’s principal, secondary (if required), and tertiary (if required) must be submitted to the Graduate School before the completion of 12 credit hours at Buffalo State.
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