M.S. in Nutritional Sciences

The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers a graduate program designed to provide advanced education, training, and research to students desiring mastery in an area of nutrition.  This program is offered onsite at the Oklahoma City campus and through distance learning at the OU Tulsa Schusterman campus.
The graduate program provides learning opportunities for the purpose of fulfilling two goals: 

  • Provide interested individuals an opportunity to augment their knowledge and expertise in nutrition; and
  • Provide Registered Dietitians an opportunity for advanced education, training, and research.

Two major tracks of study leading to a MS in Nutritional Sciences are offered: Track I is a thesis track and Track II is a non-thesis track.


Students seeking a MS Degree from the Department of Nutritional Sciences can take courses at the OUHSC in Oklahoma City or can earn a degree through distance education at the Schusterman Center in Tulsa.  The MS in Nutritional Sciences has an emphasis on advanced training and research methodologies.  The MS in Nutritional Sciences requires a minimum of 34 credit hours beyond the BS degree and may be taken as either a thesis or non-thesis option.

  1. Have a baccalaureate degree in nutrition or dietetics from an accredited college or university or permission of the Department;
  2. Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of coursework applied to the degree or a minimum 3.0 GPA on graded graduate coursework of 12 or more hours. The College of Allied Health does not recognize academic forgiveness nor reprieve policies. All attempts of a course are included in the calculation of GPAs;
  3. Department Interview (may be by telephone);
  4. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended and non-refundable application fees;
  5. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The OUHSC institution code for the TOEFL is 6902;
  6. All international/Non US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets from foreign institutions evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE); and
  7. Submit a completed on-line application. Application deadlines are June 1 for Fall, October 1 for Spring, and March 1 for Summer.

Course numbers are those of the University of Oklahoma.  Approved prerequisite courses are offered at many institutions.  Check the Transfer Equivalencies Database or with your school advisor regarding equivalent courses.  There are instructions on that page on how to request a transcript evaluation for particular courses if your courses are not listed in the database.

OU Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
BIOL 2124 Human Physiology 4
HES 2823 Introduction to Nutrition 3
CHEM 3013, 3053, or 3064 Organic Chemistry 3

Students may expect additional costs that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, insurance, and supplies. Students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements. For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (405) 271-2118 or visit the web site at

Additional cost information:
Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees
Student Financial Aid



A wide variety of graduate courses are available from several colleges on the Health Sciences Center Campus as well as from those on the OU Norman Campus. Students are encouraged to select coursework, which meets their particular needs, interests, and goals. In addition, independent study-type courses are available for individual pursuit of specialized interests under the guidance of Departmental Faculty.

Course Name Course Number
Current Topics NS 5090
Nutritional Bioc & Phsio NS 5104
Public Health Nutrition NS 5133
Advanced Food & Nutrition Serv Mg NS 5212
Research Methods in Dietetics NS 5233
Geriatric Nutrition NS 5272 
Computers in Nutrition & Foodservice NS 5332
Nutrition Support NS 5412
Clinical Presentations NS 5442
Nutritional Epidemiology NS 5552
Obesity NS 5663
Energy Nutrients NS 5823
Non-energy Nutrients NS 5833
Advanced Topics in Nutrition NS 5860
Pediatric Nutrition NS 6103
Advanced Clinical Nutrition NS 5890
Directed Readings NS 5960
Seminar NS 5970
Thesis NS 5980
Special Studies NS 5990
Nutrition and Cancer NS 6203
Sports Nutrition NS 6613

Curriculum Notes
All courses are not taught each semester.

Course Descriptions 


Department of Nutritional Sciences
College of Allied Health
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1200 N Stonewall, Room 3057
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901
Phone: (405) 271-2113
Fax: (405) 271-1560
Email Dawn Horton

The OUHSC Graduate College Homepage.

Office of Academic and Student Services
Phone: (405) 271-6588       


Prospective students are encouraged to visit the prospective student's page to utilize resources such as the transfer equivalency tables, admission statistics, job shadowing, gpa calculation, tuition cost, scholarships, student life, campus resources, etc.