MSHN Curriculum & Academic Requirements

Read on to learn about the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN) degree course descriptions, academic requirements, completion timelines, program grading scale, repeating courses, extensions, leave of absence policy, and more.

What You’ll Learn

View the in-depth curriculum, including course descriptions, course objectives, credits, exam schedules, and courses that you are required to take by clicking on the “details” link for each course shown in the table below.

MSHN 501: Holistic Health and Nutrition Fundamentals 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 505: Research Skills and Methods 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 510: Macronutrients: Energy and Structure 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 515: Micronutrients: Homeostatic Regulators 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 520: Digestion, Absorption, and Metabolism 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 525: Nutritional Assessment and Diet Planning 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 530: Health and Nutrition Consulting 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN Midterm Examination 0 Semester Credits
MSHN 535: Advanced Health and Nutrition Consulting 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 540: Energy Balance and Weight Management 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 545: Clinical Nutrition for the Digestive System 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 550: Detoxification and Filtering Systems 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 555: Clinical Nutrition for the Endocrine System 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 560: Clinical Nutrition for the Musculoskeletal System 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 565: Clinical Nutrition for the Cardiovascular System 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 570: Clinical Nutrition for the Immune and Lymphatic Systems 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 575: Clinical Nutrition and Mental Health 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 580: Life Cycle Nutrition 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN 585: Business and Marketing Practices 3 Semester Credits details
MSHN Final Examination 0 Semester Credits
MSHN 590: Thesis Preparation 2 Semester Credits details
MSHN 595: Research Thesis 4 Semester Credits details
MSHN 599: Research Thesis Continuation details

Scholastic & Graduation Requirements

Students must submit assignments and complete a course in sixty (60) days or less for three (3) credit courses and ninety (90) days or less for the four (4) credit thesis courses. Courses with an online examination(s) are taken prior to the end date of the course. Conferences are scheduled and completed no later than two (2) weeks after the final assignment is graded. Students are encouraged to begin the subsequent course while waiting for a final grade.

A total of sixty (60) credits are needed to graduate from the MSHN program. Students must complete all courses and examinations, as well as the thesis courses, and achieve an average grade of B or better. Students may resubmit assignments that have received a grade of F. Students must clear all financial obligations, and their student file must be complete before a diploma is awarded. Hawthorn University does not have a cumulative test or examination required for the completion of the MSHN program.

Flexible Completion Rate

Hawthorn is obligated to report graduation statistics based on formulas defined by the California Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Education (CA BPPE). Using their guidelines, a 100% completion rate for the MSHN program is defined as the successful completion of the program within sixty (60) months. Students who complete their courses within ninety (90) months are defined as 150% completers.

Most Hawthorn University students take only one course at a time. However, students can complete this program in twenty-four (24) months if enrolled in multiple courses at the same time.

Leave of Absence

Some students may have extraordinary life circumstances that take them over published completion rates. Students are encouraged to complete coursework in a timely manner and proceed to graduation! Students experiencing extraordinary circumstances can review the leave of absence policy or petition for a program extension. Read about the policy in the catalog or the student handbook.

Course Grading Scale

Letter grades are determined according to the following scale:

Grade Score Description Grade Points
A
100-94
Excellent
4.0
A-
93-90
High Quality
3.7
B+
89-87
Very Good
3.3
B
86-84
Good
3.0
B-
83-80
Acceptable
2.7
C+
79-77
Fair
2.3
C
76-73
Poor
2.0
C-
72-70
Very Poor
1.7
F
Below 69
Failure
0.0

Grade Point Average

Students in a graduate program must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above to graduate. The registrar calculates grade point averages according to the point values in the grading scale. A grade of W (Withdraw) or UW (unauthorized withdrawal) does not calculate into the GPA. Withdrawals, however, may be counted toward credits attempted for academic progress requirements.

Students who deserve recognition for excellence in academic performance will be identified at graduation with the following designations:

Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 – 4.00

Magna Cum Laude – 3.80 – 3.89

Cum Laude – 3.70 – 3.78

Repeating a Course

Students who receive an F (Fail) grade in a course may repeat that course one time in order to earn a passing grade. Failure of the same course a second time may result in dismissal from the University. GPA will be computed by the grade earned in the second attempt. Both course grades will remain on the transcript.

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