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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. 


Selecting a Capstone Project

Pick a Topic

  • Is there an area that you have a great interest in/passion for?
  • Does the topic have practical value within the field?
  • Is it a topic of contemporary interest for the profession?

Do a Literature Search

  • Search the peer reviewed literature
  • Find out how much is already known about the topic
  • Is there a lack of research on the topic?
  • Identify gaps in knowledge—may be some listed in recommendations for further research provided in journal articles

Evaluate Your Choice of Topic

  • Has it been overdone? If there is lots of research that has already been done, pick another topic.
  • Is it doable in the timeframe? If too broad, how can you narrow it?
  • Do you have access to the population that you want to study?
  • Are you able to put personal bias aside and maintain the objectivity required of a researcher?

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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