Students may select to complete a thesis (6 credit hours of HMD 899 Research in HMD) under the direction of their major professor and committee OR they may take 6 additional credit hours from program electives and sit for a comprehensive written examination followed by an oral examination with their committee. The thesis topic must be compatible with on-going research in HMD. Students will present a formal seminar of their research findings followed by an oral examination with their committee.
Non-thesis students may take 6 additional credit hours from program electives OR pursue 3 additional credits from program electives plus a 3 hour dietetics practice/work-related project (HMD 820 Problems in Hospitality Management and Dietetics) under the direction of their major professor and committee.
The student will present a seminar about their project to their major professor and committee.
Non-thesis students will sit for a written final examination over core course content followed by an oral examination with their supervisory committee.
Required core courses for all students (9 credit hours) include:
- HMD 810 – Research Techniques for Foodservice and Hospitality Management (3 credits)
- HN 891 – Environmental Scanning and Analysis of Current Issues in Dietetics (3 credits)
- STAT 703 – Introduction to Statistical Methods for the Sciences (3 credits)
Thesis option courses (27 credit hours) include:
- Thesis Research (6 credits)
- Elective Courses (21 credits)
The non‐thesis option includes 27 credit hours of course work.
For both the thesis and non-thesis options, courses will cover a variety of topics to meet the needs of the diverse dietetics profession including clinically-oriented nutrition courses, community or nutrition and health courses, health care administration, management-oriented courses, food science and food service management. By choosing a specific set of elective courses, students may even earn a graduate certificate in business administration or a graduate certificate in organizational leadership through K-State's College of Business Administration.