Program Curriculum

The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Program curriculum includes 18 semester hours of core courses, 12 or 15 semester hours of elective courses, and either six semester hours of thesis credit for the thesis track or three semester hours of research for the non-thesis track, for a total of 36 semester hours. A combined maximum of 12 semester hours of course work may be transferred from the UAMS Master of Science in Dietetics Program and a maximum of six elective semester hours from other accredited colleges and universities. A specific degree plan will be prepared for each student.

Required Courses

Core Required Courses

Course IDCourse TitleSemester Credit Hours
NUTR 51033Assessment of Nutritional Status3
NUTR 51043Nutrition Research and Statistical Methods3
NUTR 51063Nutrition and Metabolism: Micronutrients3
NUTR 51073Advanced Clinical Nutrition3
NUTR 51103Nutrition and Metabolism: Macronutrients3
NUTR 51133Nutrition Counseling3
Total Hours18

Elective Courses

With the non-thesis track, 15 total credit hours of elective courses are required. With the thesis track, 12 total credit hours of elective courses are required.
Course IDCourse TitleSemester Credit Hours
NUTR 51053Principles of Advanced Nutrition Support3
NUTR 51083Diet and Cancer Prevention/Promotion3
NUTR 51143Geriatric Nutrition3
NUTR 51153Pediatric Nutrition3
NUTR 51163Nutrition in Health, Wellness and Sports3
NUTR 51173Community Nutrition3
NUTR 5120VSpecial Topics in Clinical Nutrition1-3

Other Courses

Students will choose between these two courses based on their selection between the thesis and non-thesis tracks
Course IDCourse TitleSemester Credit Hours
NUTR 5100VResearch in Nutrition (non-thesis track)3
NUTR 5123VMaster's Thesis in Clinical Nutrition (thesis track)6

Comparison of Thesis vs. Non-Thesis

The MSCN degree program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit. Students may elect the thesis or non-thesis option.  A specific degree plan is prepared for each student. Full-time students complete the program in two (2) years; part-time students may take up to five years to finish.

Thesis Option

CoursesSemester Credits
Core Courses18
NUTR 5121 - Master's Thesis in Clinical Nutrition6

Non-Thesis Option

CoursesSemester Credits
Core Courses18
NUTR 5101 - Research in Nutrition3

Summary Comparison

Total Credit Hours36 semester credit hours36 semester credit hours
Written Comprehensive Examination
(covering NUTR 5102; NUTR 5106; NUTR 5107; NUTR 5110; NUTR 5111)
Yes, with passing score of 80%Yes, with passing score of 80%
Writing RequirementThesisSubmit a written research project report
Oral Communication RequirementThesis DefenseResearch Project Defense
Faculty Guidance CommitteeThesis committee of three faculty (one member from outside the department)Advisory committee of three faculty

Course Descriptions

For course descriptions, please see the UAMS Catalog.