Combined BS/MS in Dietetics
The current 2-year CP will accept applications in February 2019 and graduate the last class under the current plan as a BS degree in May 2021. The first graduating class in the Combined BS/MS will apply to the program in February 2020, earn the BS in Dietetics in May 2022 and the MS in Dietetics in May 2023. Incoming nutrition majors in fall 2018 and thereafter are eligible to pursue the 5-year Combined BS/MS in Dietetics.
Admission to TCU is required for all programs; however, admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics. Eligibility for admission to the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics is based on successful completion of at least 60 semester hours with a minimum 3.0 GPA in required Nutrition (NTDT) classes and an Associated Requirements GPA of 2.75, 45 semester hours of required prerequisites and major courses, 200 hours of documented food or nutrition practical experience, and an application packet. Application packets for the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics must be received by February 1 (typically of the sophomore year), and applicants are notified of provisional acceptance by April 15. Students who are accepted begin the program the following academic year in August. Final acceptance/enrollment in the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics depends on successful completion of work in progress and ongoing academic prerequisites. Conditional admission to the MS is granted to applicants who have completed all admission formalities, have a sufficient and superior undergraduate record, but have not completed undergraduate requirements.
Conditional admission will be changed to unconditional admission when the necessary prerequisites and/or admission formalities have fulfilled. In addition, students must abide by all program policies and procedures in order to continue in the MS in Dietetics program.
A student’s continuation in the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics is contingent upon attainment of a strong academic record and successful completion of the program sequence. In order to earn the BS in Dietetics degree, the student must attain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in required NTDT courses, attain a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the Associated Requirements, earn a grade of “C-” or better in all NTDT courses, a grade of “C-” or better in all Associated Requirements and complete a minimum of 128 hours . If a student does not meet all of these requirements, the student may change his/her major to Nutrition or another major in order to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree, but cannot continue in the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics. Students who do not meet all of the requirements to continue in the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics have the option to pursue verification from the TCU Didactic Program in Dietetics.
Students complete 12 hours of dual undergraduate/graduate credit during the fourth year of undergraduate study. At the end of the fourth year, assuming that all other undergraduate graduation requirements are met, the student earns his/her BS degree in Dietetics. During the fifth year of the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics program, the student completes the remaining 20-22 graduate credit hours toward the MS in Dietetics degree. A minimum of 32 credit hours are required to graduate with the MS in Dietetics. Students intending to pursue the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics must earn a BS in Dietetics from TCU. In addition, all 30000, 40000, 50000 and 60000 level NTDT courses must be taken from TCU.
Students may choose to complete a Thesis in the MS in Dietetics. In order to complete the Thesis option, students must complete three hours of NTDT 70980 and three hours of NTDT 70990. Thesis students are required to complete all other coursework necessary for the MS in Dietetics.
Information about costs for tuition and University fees are available through the TCU Office of Admission or Financial Services. More detailed costs for students are outlined in the Combined BS/MS in Dietetics Student Handbook and include approximately $1,000-$1,500 per year for travel, vaccinations, lab fees, photocopying, school and office supplies, textbooks, lab coats, insurance and professional dues.