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Students elect to follow either the Integrative Physiology track, or the Nutrition track. Both are research-based program where students are expected to complete an M.S. thesis or special project, that contributes to the body of knowledge in their field of study. Department policy states there is a 4-year time limit on completing the M.S. program.

This program is characterized by coursework that mirrors the PhD program tracks, but with a reduced research requirement, which is met by completing 6 hours of thesis research that results in a peer reviewed publication.

38 minimum credits required, with 6 minimum credits must be from NUIP 6970 thesis research.


All program graduates will demonstrate a mastery of key concepts in the following areas: research design, statistical analysis, scientific writing, macronutrient metabolism, nutritional biochemistry and general metabolic physiology. Specific learning outcomes are:

  1. Demonstrate a mastery of key concepts in physiology, nutrition, and metabolism as they relate to health and disease conditions.
  2. Integrate scientific information gained through literature and laboratory discovery into their own research applications.
  3. Demonstrate effective communication of nutrition information using written reports, professional presentations, multimedia approaches, and technical research formats.
  4. Understand professional, academic, and scientific ethics.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to self-educate through literature review and analysis.
  6. M.S. Program graduates will possess basic research skills that span the range from hypothesis testing to experimental design, to technical laboratory skills that are relevant to modern basic and / or clinical research.


Thunder Jalili, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies and MS Advisor

Carisse Winegar

Program Manager - Academics