Graduate Program Details

Application

There are no formal coursework requirements for admission to our graduate programs.

  • Competitive applications show success in basic science courses such as biology and chemistry.
  • Applicants with a non-nutrition background are encouraged to apply. If the graduate faculty recommend admission, those students would be required to take one to two nutrition courses (specified by graduate faculty in admission letter) in addition to graduate coursework to address the subject deficiency that may be present prior to starting in the program.
  • The NDSS program can be completed either on-campus or entirely online. The doctoral program cannot be completed entirely online.

The university has formal deadlines for international applicants.

  • January 8 for fall (August) enrollment
  • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment
  • December 1 for summer (June) enrollment

The department has set priority deadlines for domestic applications.

  • June 1 for fall (August) enrollment
  • November 1 for spring (January) enrollment
  • April 1 for summer (June) enrollment

     

Required graduate application materials consist of:

  • Unofficial transcripts from every institution you have earned college credit from
  • Three professional references willing to submit an electronic survey via Qualtrics to be added to your application
  • Completed applicant information form (FNDH Graduate Applicant Supplemental Information)
  • International applicants must also submit financial paperwork and language competency exam scores
  • Start an online application

Holistic application review:

  • Our graduate faculty meet monthly (usually mid-month) to review any completed applications that have been received. Depending on where in this cycle your application is received it could spend a month at the department level and then your application is reviewed by the university (The Graduate School), which may also take a couple of weeks. Thus 6-8 weeks is our working goal for turnaround.

Graduate program options

There are three options for MS completion: thesis, report or coursework only

  • This does not need to be decided prior to application. This is ultimately dependent on conversations with your major professor/mentor once started in the program.
    • Thesis
      • Student plans and conducts a full research project, or a portion of an existing/ongoing project (enrollment in FNDH 899)
      • Student will submit a written work (thesis) using ETDR format and submit it to K-State Research Exchange upon graduation (K-REx)
      • Student presents a public presentation followed by a closed defense with graduate committee members to determine graduation/pass status
    • Non-thesis options:
      • Report
        • Similar to a thesis, however, not as in depth (enrollment in FNDH 898)
        • Student will submit a written work (report) using ETDR format and submit it to K-State Research Exchange upon graduation (K-REx)
        • Student presents a public presentation followed by a closed defense with graduate committee members to determine graduation/pass status
      • Coursework-only
        • Student completes a critical application project (enrollment in FNDH 897)
        • Written work expectations set by graduate committee members with no ETDR requirements
        • Student to present a public presentation followed by a closed defense with graduate committee members to determine graduation/pass status

Graduate Faculty

  • It is encouraged to reach out and introduce yourself to those you are interested in working with on our research faculty. This can happen at any point in the application process. You do not need to wait until you start or finish your application.
  • We do have two graduate faculty members who are not included on this list strictly because they do not hold research appointments but do accept and serve in the role as major professor for master's students. Those are Drs. Linda Yarrow and Bernadette Olson. You can find a full list of graduate faculty in our department here.
  • Only a graduate committee can approve the application of graduate credits earned prior to the NDSS degree program. Thus, there is no guarantee graduate credits previously taken will apply to the NDSS program prior to application.
  • Our Graduate Program Director is Dr. Weiqun Wang. Our department head is Dr. Tandalayo Kidd.

Tuition, Fees, and Funding Opportunities

Estimated tuition and fees:

Funding:

  • Assistantships: assistantships are traditionally are held by full-time (6 credits or more per semester), campus students.
    • Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA): Formal application process occurring each spring where current and accepted FNDH graduate students can apply for the coming academic year (August-May). Availability of positions are based on current budget.
    • Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA): Faculty within the FNDH department and outside of it may have funding to support GRAs graduate research assistantships. Opportunities are determined by the specific faculty member who is funding the assistantship.
    • Graduate Assistantship (GA): various opportunities around campus. A list of current opportunities is maintained here.
  • Scholarships and Fellowships:
    • Late winter/early spring future and current students are prompted to complete an application for all K-State scholarship opportunities (which includes our department's graduate scholarships) for the coming academic year in one place called the K-State Scholarship Network (KSN).
    • The Graduate School maintains web page with information that may be useful in this regard.
  • Financial aid: