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Curriculum Overview

Students in the Master of Clinical Nutrition – Nutrition Science Program curriculum program complete 36 credit hours within a minimum of 15 months and up to a maximum of 24 months. All classes are fully online and can be completed at students’ own pace with the consideration of meeting required deadlines with a final GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Order of Classes

We’ve sequenced the curriculum to create an effective and efficient path for learning. All of the courses in a given semester are prerequisites for the courses that follow in the next semester. Some sequencing may change from year to year without notice.

  • First Year
    • 1st Year Fall – 16 Credit Hours
      • CN 5301W Introduction to Dietetics and Nutrition | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5340W Nutrition in Human Metabolism | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5305W Food Policy and Agricultural Technology | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5307W Nutrition in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5105W Writing and Evaluating Nutrition Science | 1 credit hour
      • CN 5002W Special Topics I | 3 credit hours
    • 1st Year Spring – 12 Credit Hours
      • CN 5311W Medical Nutrition Therapy in Chronic Care | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5341W Nutrition in Growth and Development | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5330W Research Principles in Nutrition | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5002W Special Topics | 3 credit hours
    • 1st Year Summer – 9 Credit Hours
      • CN 5312W Medical Nutrition Therapy in Acute Care | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5242W Nutrition in Aging | 2 credit hours
      • CN 5107W Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition Counseling | 1 credit hour
      • CN 5002W Special Topics | 3 credit hours
  • Second Year
    • 2nd Year Fall – 13 Credit Hours
      • CN 5313W Medical Nutrition Therapy in Pediatrics | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5304 Nutritional Epidemiology I | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5306W Metabolic Basis of Inherited Diseases | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5104W Nutrition Support Current Issues | 1 credit hour
      • CN 5002W Special Topics | 3 credit hours
    • 2nd Year Spring – 12 Credit Hours
      • CN 5303W Sports Nutrition | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5314W Medical Nutrition Therapy in Critical Care | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5302W Nutrigenomics I | 3 credit hours 
      • CN 5002W Special Topics | 3 credit hours
    • 2nd Year Summer – 7 Credit Hours
      • CN 5103W Cancer Prevention | 1 credit hours
      • CN 5390W Nutrition Research | 3 credit hours
      • CN 5002W Special Topics I | 3 credit hours 

Graduation Requirements

A candidate for the degree of Master of Clinical Nutrition – Nutrition Science in the School of Health Professions must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The student must demonstrate a high order of scholarly achievement in Clinical Nutrition, including appropriate professional competencies. The Program’s Student Progress Committee determines whether adequate mastery has been acquired.
  2. The student must complete satisfactorily a minimum of 36 semester hours in clinical nutrition department at School of Health Professions.
  3. The student must discharge all financial obligations to the medical center. In the event of nonpayment, one or more actions may be taken by the Dean:
    1. Readmission may be denied.
    2. A student’s grades and official transcript may be withheld.
    3. The degree to which the student would otherwise be entitled may be withheld.
  4. The student must maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average, have no academic deficiencies, and have no incompletes.
  5. The student must complete any academic deficiencies in prerequisite courses by the times stated in the student’s official letter of acceptance. The student is responsible for submitting official documentation of successful completion of the prerequisites to the Office of Student Enrollment Services.
  6. The student must complete the academic requirements listed on his/her degree plan.
  7. Pay a graduation fee designated to partially offset the costs associated with diploma and diploma cover production, regalia, and the commencement ceremony. All students completing a degree or certification must pay the fee without regard to whether they attend the commencement ceremony or not.
  8. The student must successfully complete a graduate project if applicable


The faculty of the UT Southwestern Master of Clinical Nutrition – Nutrition Science Program are actively involved in research, including investigations in human nutrition and strategies for enhancing nutrition education.

As a student, you will conduct research under the direction of a faculty mentor. You can help with these areas of ongoing research, select an area of investigation from topics offered by faculty, or develop a research question of your own. Our program encourages students to be creative and seek innovative solutions to clinical problems.