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The Capstone Project is the culminating academic experience for the Master of Science in Nutrition graduate program. The scope and presentation of the project must demonstrate the student’s skills in a variety of areas including, formal academic/technical writing, the research process, and the application of nutrition principles in the public health arena. 

Students must complete a 6 credit hour capstone project to meet graduation requirements. Together, a written literature review, oral presentation and defense represent the final evaluation.

Selecting a Capstone Project

  • Selecting a case study patient from one of your first- or second-semester rotations.
  • Conducting a review of the research literature on the case study patient’s condition.
  • Evaluating the research studies identified in the literature review using the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Center/Library (EAC/EAL) process.
  • Writing a 6-10-page literature review.
  • Preparing a presentation of the case study including the literature review, case description and nutrition therapy provided based on the Academy’s Nutrition Care Manual.
  • Successfully presenting and defending the capstone project.

MS Nutrition Capstone / Thesis Handbook



  • MS Nutrition Capstone Handbook
  • Follow this guidance in planning and implementing your project/thesis
  • Read through it carefully and discus any concerns/questions with your faculty advisor

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