Human Nutrition & Hospitality Innovation

The Human Nutrition and Hospitality Innovation (HNHI) develops pioneering leaders in human nutrition, dietetics, and hospitality management through progressive and innovative research, dynamic instruction, and pragmatic experiential learning.

HOSP 5633: Hospitality Operations and Financial Analysis

HOSP 5643: Meetings and Convention Management

HOSP 5653: Global Travel and Tourism Management

HOSP 5663: Critical Issues and Trends in Hospitality and Tourism

HOSP 5673: Destination Marketing and Operations

HOSP 5683: Food and Wine Management, Service and Evaluation

HOSP 5693: Hospitality Management Internship


NUTR 4103: Experimental Foods

NUTR 4213: Advanced Nutrition

NUTR 4243: Community Nutrition

NUTR 521V: Readings in Nutrition

NUTR 5223: Nutrition During the Life Cycle

NUTR 5263: Medical Nutrition Therapy I

NUTR 5273: Medical Nutrition Therapy II

Students who do not currently hold a BS degree in human nutrition/dietetics will be required to complete leveling nutrition courses plus biochemistry before admittance to the MS program.

Students who pursue a HESC MS degree must have completed the DPD undergraduate curriculum and a dietetic internship to be eligible to qualify for the RD exam. Effective January 1st, 2024, the qualifying requirements for the RD exam will be:  completion of DPD coursework, a completed dietetic internship and a confirmed MS degree.

Other courses are available to fill these requirements. An advisor will recommend the best courses to meet your professional goals and degree requirements.

Graduate-level Statistics Courses (3 hours required): 

EDFD 6403: Education Statistics & Data Processing

ESRM 5393: Statistics in Education & Health Professions

ESRM 6403: Educational Statistics & Data Processing

AGST 4023: Principles of Experimentation*

PLSC 5913: Research Methods in Political Science

STAT 4003: Statistics Methods

STAT 4001L: Statistics Methods Laboratory

*offered online

Research Methods Courses (3 hours required):

HESC 5463/AGED 5463 Research Methodology in Social Sciences

A graduate level statistics course is a prerequisite to this course.

Online courses are offered periodically for flexibility in degree completion.

Thesis Track:

  • 30 hours total
  • 12 hours core courses
  • 3 hours statistics
  • 3 hours research methods
  • 6 hours elective
  • 6 hours thesis & defense to pass program

Non-Thesis Track:

  • 33 hours
  • 15 hours core classes
  • 3 hours statistics
  • 3 hours research methods
  • 12 hours elective
  • Oral and written exam to pass program

Program Contact:

Kelly Way, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, HESC

Zola Moon, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator

Program at a Glance

On campus

2-3 year program completion, depending on student pace

GRE or MAT required, no minimum score

Students can enroll in fall, spring or summer

A cumulative GPA of 2.85 or higher for graduation

Non-thesis option is not available to students on assistantship

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