Focused Area of Study Checklist

    1. Determine topic of interest through supervised practice experiences and faculty interaction.
    2. Meet with faculty and FAS Coordinator to identify project.
    3. Identify committee members with help of FAS Coordinator and form supervisory committee.The FAS Coordinator will serve as your chair. Two career line department faculty members will serve as the remaining two members of the committee.
      • Provide names of committee members to the FAS Coordinator.
      • Submit signed supervisory committee form available online under "FAS Overview" to the Department Administrative Officer for inclusion in Graduate Tracking System.
      • Submit program of study pdf form available online under "FAS Overview" to the Department Administrative Officer for inclusion in Graduate Tracking System.
    4. Create a timeline with the FAS Coordinator for your project to ensure desired graduation date (see example below).
    5. Write FAS project specific aims (2-3 aims) and email to FAS Coordinator/Committee Chair for approval.
    6. Write outline for FAS written proposal and email to FAS Coordinator for approval.
    7. Write proposal & email to Committee Chair for review and editing.
      • Plan on writing several drafts.
      • Format using the guidelines outlined in the Handbook for theses and dissertations available on the graduate school website. http://gradschool.utah.edu/thesis/handbook/
      • This process may take 2 or more weeks depending on the extent of revisions.
    8. Upon Committee Chair approval, email revised proposal to FAS Coordinator and supervisory committee members.
      • Arrange proposal date with supervisory committee and schedule room for proposal.
      • Revised, chair-approved proposal must be emailed to the committee no later than 1 week prior to oral proposal.
      • Email a public notice of the proposal (title, date, time, location) to the Department Executive Secretary and post this notice in the Department office at least seven (7) days in advance of the proposal date.
    9. Present a approximately 30-minute PowerPoint of your FAS proposal to your committee.
      • Make any revisions to written proposal and project methods/content as requested by the supervisory committee.
    10. Complete FAS project
      • Meet regularly with Committee Chair TBD by Chair and student
    11. Write written summary report in format specified in the FAS Overview on the Department website.
      • Email written summary to FAS Coordinator/Committee Chair.
      • Plan on writing several drafts
      • Format using the guidelines outlined in the Handbook for theses and dissertations available on the graduate school website. http://gradschool.utah.edu/thesis/handbook/
      • This process may take 2 or more weeks depending on extent of revisions.
    12. Upon Committee Chair approval, email revised written summary to FAS Coordinator and supervisory committee.
      • Complete any additional revisions as requested by supervisory committee .
      • Submit no later than 2 weeks before anticipated written exam date
      • The supervisory committee must approve the written summary prior to the Final Oral Defense date.
    13. Schedule the FAS Oral Defense delivered in PowerPoint format no sooner than 2 weeks after the FAS written final summary is approved.
      • Email a public notice of the proposal (title, date, time, location) to the Department Executive Secretary and post this notice in the Department office at least seven (7) days in advance of the proposal date.
    14. Complete the FAS Oral Defense (approximately 45 minutes) byt the last day of the student's final semester.
      • Complete any tasks requested by the supervisory committee.
      • Email PDF of final summary report and any FAS supplemental materials to the Department Administrative Officer, FAS Coordinator, and Supervisory Committee.
    15. The Committee Chair will notify the Department Administrative Officer that the student has passed all FAS requirements.
      1. Faculty will change all “T” grades to formal grade.
    16. Graduate!

Timeline Recommendations

Below is a general guideline for spring and summer graduation. Please meet with the FAS Coordinator and your Committee Chair to create a personalized timeline. All dates refer to the second year of graduate study. All work must be completed by the last day of the student’s final semester.

FAS Task Spring Graduation Summer Graduation*
Identify project October 1 January 1
Committee-Approved Written proposal October 25 January 25
Oral proposal November 1 February 1
Complete Project March 1 June 1
Committee-Approved Written Summary March 30 June 30
FAS Oral Defense April 15 July 15

*plan in advance for deadlines. It can be difficult to find common dates to meet with faculty during summer semester.

Contact Us

Coordinated Master’s Degree Program in Dietetics

Carisse Winegar 
Administrative Assistant-Academic Affairs
Phone: 801-581-6730
Email: Carisse.Winegar@hsc.utah.edu

Jean Zancanella, MS, RD
Graduate Advisor
Phone: 801-581-5280
Email: jean.zancanella@hsc.utah.edu