Master’s Programs: Department of Nutrition & Food Science
Updated September 2016
The M.S. program requires 32 semester hours of course work including a thesis based on research conducted by the student. Research interests of faculty can be found here: NFS Faculty Interests
The M.A. program requires the same number of credits with completion of an essay. An M.A. program leading to a degree with an emphasis in Food Service Management is also available.
For a list of graduate courses, please visit the Wayne State Graduate Bulletin.
Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. In addition, students entering must have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and have a grade point average of at least 3.0. Wayne State's Graduate School requires applicants to have a GRE score of at least 1000 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the test, and a minimum of 3.0 on the writing assessment. The minimum TOEFL for international students is 550 (213 computer-based or 79/120 internet-based). However, most admitted applicants to the department generally have higher scores. Your admission depends on several criteria including three letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, your personal statement, research and/or work experience and an interview (when possible).
Thirty-two credit hours are required for successful completion of the master’s program in Nutrition & Food Science and both a Master of Science degree (M.S.) and a Master of Arts degree (M.A.) are offered. The M.A. degree can have an emphasis in Food Service Management or be done in conjunction with a graduate certificate in Public Health.
For more information on our master's programs, download the NFS Master's Program Guide.
The 2017-2018 Graduate Professional Scholarship application is due April 1st, 2017. After application to the Graduate School, applicants will be reviewed and ranked by the Department's Graduate Committee. For 2017-2108, the Department will be awarding 3 Graduate Professional Scholarships. The GPS provides for 6-10 graduate credits of resident tuition assessment in each of the Fall and Winter semesters.
Effective September 9, 2011, following approval by the graduate faculty of the department, a new Graduate Student Code of Ethics was implemented. ALL departmental graduate students must adhere to this. The form can be accessed here NFS Graduate Student Code of Ethics and is also available in the departmental office. A signed copy of the form must be turned into the departmental office. Forms can be turned in at the student orientation meeting in September.
And active participation as long as the student is in the graduate program.
See departmental website for complete listing of graduate courses.
Attendance at departmental seminars is required for all graduate students.
Students in Wayne State University are NOT eligible for this course option. Students accepted into an American Dietetic Association approved dietetic internship at other institutions in the Detroit area are invited to apply to pursue a master’s program. Applicants admitted to the program may earn up to 4 credit hours of supervised field experience (NFS 5992) in association with the dietetic internship experience. Grades for this course will be deferred until completion of a minimum of 8 credits of the required component of courses in the department. In addition, upon approval of the academic advisor and the internship director, qualified students may pursue a directed study (NFS 7990) during an eight week residency program with emphasis on clinical nutrition, management, or community dietetics.
For general information on the timeline for a master's degree, please visit: Progress Toward The Master's Degree
During the first semester in the program, admitted students will be advised by the NFS Graduate Officer or be assigned a temporary advisor. A permanent advisor will be selected by the student or recommended by the Graduate Officer as soon as the research interests of the student have been identified. For the M.S. thesis option, students must write and defend their research proposal, prior to starting the research. Students may not work under the supervision of an Adjunct Faculty in another department, unless written authorization is granted by the departmental Graduate Officer or Departmental Chair. A copy of the authorization must be attached to the student’s plan of work and filed with the departmental office. In addition, the student must have a NFS faculty member collaborate on the project.
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in the entire program. A minimum “B” average is required for NFS 6000, 6020, 6030, 6230, 7000, and 7240. Students failing any of these courses (below B-) will be allowed to repeat them once. In addition, department policy allows for one C grade over the course of the entire program.
Students are required to submit 3 copies of their plan of work after completing 8 credit hours. Failure to do so will result in a hold on their registration. Students should consult with the Graduate Officer or their Advisor in planning their course work.
The completion of a thesis or essay is required for the M.S. and M.A. degrees, respectively. The thesis or essay must show evidence of scholarly study and writing and be related to the student’s major. Students should consult their advisor regarding requirements for theses and essays.
A final oral examination is required of all M.S. and M.A. students. All M.S. students are required to present their thesis research before the degree is granted. Although encouraged, this presentation is optional for M.A. students. M.A. students, whose Master’s essay has been approved by their advisor and who have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or above in their graduate work, are eligible for a waiver of the Master’s oral examination. For departmental seminars graduate students are expected to attend.
Qualified senior undergraduates in the Department of NFS having a GPA of not less than 3.5 may enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate program and apply a maximum of sixteen credits towards both the bachelor and master’s degrees in Nutrition and Food Science. Students may apply for the program as soon as they complete ninety credit hours towards the undergraduate degree. Graduate courses taken as part of the AGRADE program are assessed undergraduate tuition rate. All application materials should be sent to the department address.
The following courses numbered 5000-9999 are offered for graduate credit.
B – offered in alternate years
I – offered irregularly
F – offered in Fall semester
S – offered Spring/Summer
W – offered winter semester
Y – offered at least once every academic year (F or W, not in S).
See also Graduate Bulletin for the latest information.
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