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Option in Dietetics Research

The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences, option in Dietetics Research, is designed for those who desire to complete our accredited Dietetic Internship program while earning a Master of Science. Our graduate students gain a fundamental understanding and application of research- and evidence-based recommendations used in dietetics and nutritional sciences. After successful completion of the program, students will have experience translating research to more effectively communicate with individuals and communities and be eligible to take the Registration Exam for Dietitians.


All students take core classes in macronutrients, micronutrients, advanced nutrition therapy and nutrition research. Students may choose between a thesis or non-thesis plan in this 36-hour program. Students also work with an advisor to design an individualized program to fit their interests. 


Course information

Research and Faculty

All graduate faculty possess a PhD and/or Registered Dietitian credentials and integrate personal experiences and research into the curriculum. With more than 5,000-square feet of laboratory space, our students are involved in research opportunities that span basic science to community/public health nutrition. The department’s robust research portfolio includes the role of micronutrients in cancer, diet effects on the microbiome, metabolic risk indicators, nutrition and fitness for military and first-responders and obesity prevention programs and policy. Many faculty also serve with Oklahoma Cooperative Extension.


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Meet our faculty

College research initiatives



OSU students applying for pre-selection to the program must do so not later than December 1.  Students applying through the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) have a deadline of February 15.


To apply to the Nutritional Sciences, option in Dietetics Research, MS program, complete the following:

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  • Graduate College application 
  • Submit transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA required) 
  • Current resume/vita and
  • Names of three professional references who will be contacted to write letters of recommendation
  • Personal goals statement (1-2 pages)
  • GRE scores are recommended, but not required
  • Must hold a verification statement in a Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • If English is a second language, applicants must submit results for TOEFL or IELTS tests.

Graduate admissions requirements

Graduate student resources


Cost & Assistance

A majority of our students receive assistantships with the benefit of a stipend and tuition waiver. These are available on a competitive basis.


Assistantships and support


Financing graduate school 


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