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The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences (MSNS) program is designed to educate and form servant leaders in the field of health and wellness. The Thesis option is for students who are already RDNs seeking a master’s degree, or students who are not seeking RDN status but wish to pursue a master’s degree.

School
School of Health Professions
Career
Careers in food research, menu development, wellness and exercise and other related health principles
Program Contacts

Thesis

The Thesis is for students who are already RDNs seeking a master’s degree, or students who are not seeking RDN status but wish to pursue a master’s degree in nutritional sciences. Students complete all coursework online and submit a thesis for a total of 30 credit hours.

Track Two: Thesis 

Quick Facts

Admission Term and Enrollment:  

  • Full time to part time flexible graduate courses
  • Students must apply through the Office of Admissions or by clicking here
  • Applicants to the MSNS program must complete an application to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University and fulfill all requirements of the program (see "How to Apply").
  • Applications are due on or before July 15th for August classes and on or before November 15th for January classes.
  • Enrollment and admission is via a competitive selection process.

Course Format:

  • Online graduate courses
  • 30 total credit hours

Financial Assistance

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University has financial aid counselors available to assist students with the financial aid process. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.  Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Note: Prospective students should visit the State Authorization page to verify that Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is authorized to offer online courses and programs in your respective state. Prior to enrollment, students are also encouraged to visit their state educational agency or licensing board to ascertain whether or not they can utilize their degree program for additional compensation, initial licensing or renewal, as well as any other benefits.

Thesis Mission

The mission of the MSNS program is to educate and form entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists or dietetic practitioners to meet the core competencies for becoming servant leaders in health and wellness. With a concentration in community nutrition, graduates will be educated in the most rigorous, individualized, professional and comprehensive manner.

Thesis Goals and Objectives

Goal One

The program will graduate compassionate, well-qualified professionals and servant leaders in health and wellness.

Objective for Goal One:

Over a five-year period, 60% of the graduates enrolled will complete the program/degree requirements within 150% of the time planned for completion, or 25.5 months.
Over a five-year period, 60% of graduates will be involved as a leader in a community service and/or a professional organization in health and wellness.

Goal Two

The program will graduate individuals who will contribute to research in the community.

Objective for Goal Two:

Over a five-year period, 60% of graduates will share their scholarly works through poster sessions, publications, or invited presentations at professional meetings.

Thesis About Our Program

Thank you for your interest in Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University’s new Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences program.

  • The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences degree offers advanced studies with the opportunity for research and publication.
  • We have a team of highly educated and specialized professionals that will guide you to meet and exceed our mission and goals.
  • With numerous courses and learning opportunities, we are sure to meet your needs.
  • We are building a culture of academic excellence with an emphasis on nutrition.
  • Students will have opportunities for hands-on learning through on-line courses, enhancing a student-centered environment where one can excel in his/her pursuit of life-long learning.
  • Our students are called to serve the communities by sharing their gifts and talents through education in health and wellness.
  • The graduate students will abide by the Core Values that mirror justice, humility, reverence and love for all life, and joyfulness of spirit and service, which will be practiced daily.

Thesis Graduation and Program Completion Requirements

Graduation and program completion requirements include:

  • Successful completion of a MSNS degree, which includes no less than a GPA of 3.0 and no more than two “C”s in any of the graduate courses
  • Submission of a research thesis and manuscript
  • Presentation of a research thesis poster board

Thesis Tuition

SemesterCredit HoursTuition/FeesCourse FeesTotal
19$6,084.25$60.00$6,144.25
211$7,336.75$7,336.75
34$2,953.00$2,953.00
46$4,205.50$4,205.50
*Total30$20,579.50$60.00$20,639.50

*Tuition costs do not include textbooks or any additional costs associated with this program.

How to Apply

MSNS Graduate program Application Instructions

Your application will be reviewed when all required documentation is received in the Admissions Office. Partially completed applications will not be processed.

To be considered for enrollment in graduate courses offered by Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, the following information is required:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, sent to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, Office of Admission, 5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70808
  • An overall grade point average of 2.75 in undergraduate coursework
  • Minimum combined graduate record examination (GRE) score of 290
  • Professional letter addressing goals, strengths, experiences, and interest
  • Immunization records
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee. Check or money order mailed and payable to Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, Office of Admission, 5414 Brittany Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70808
  • Checklist (Click here to view the checklist)
  • Applications are due on or before July 15th  for August classes and on or before November 15th for January classes.

For questions, please call the Director of Admissions: (225) 214-1947

Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.  Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Note: Prospective students should visit the State Authorization page to verify that Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is authorized to offer online courses and programs in your respective state. Prior to enrollment, students are also encouraged to visit their state educational agency or licensing board to ascertain whether or not they can utilize their degree program for additional compensation, initial licensing or renewal, as well as any other benefits.

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