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MSTN Curriculum & Academic Requirements

Learn about the Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition (MSTN) 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 classes that you are required to take by clicking on the “details” link for each course shown in the table below.

MSTN 600 – Introduction to the Principles of Healthy Traditional Diets details
MSTN 601 – Nutrition and the Environment details
MSTN 602 – Strategies for Health & Nutrition Educators details
MSTN 603 – Research Methods in Health Education details
MSTN 631 – Human Physiology and Anatomy details
MSTN 702 – Fats, Oils, Cholesterol, and Fat Soluble Vitamins details
MSTN 703 – Myths and Truths About Vegetarian Diets details
MSTN 704 – Dirty Little Secrets About the Food Processing Industry details
MSTN 705 – The History, Science and Politics of Real Milk details
MSTN 706 – Holistic Health Coaching details
MSTN 806 – Traditional Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy & Early Childhood details
MSTN 809 – Balancing Energy and Weight details

Scholastic & Graduation Requirements

Students submit assignments and complete courses in sixty (60) days or less for three (3) credit courses. Online examinations are required in some courses. These examinations must be taken prior to the end date of the course. Students will be advised if their online exam is proctored in the course syllabus.

A total of thirty-six (36) credits are needed to graduate. To graduate, students must complete all courses and examinations and achieve an average grade of B or better. Students may have the opportunity to 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 final test or examination required for the completion of the MHNE program.

Flexible Completion Rate

Hawthorn reports graduation statistics as defined by the California Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Education (CA BPPE) in the School Performance Fact Sheet (SPFS). A 100% completion rate for the MSTN program is defined as the successful completion of the program within thirty (30) months. Hawthorn also calculates the 150% graduation statistics. Students who complete their MSTN program within forty-five (45) months are defined as 150% completers.

Most Hawthorn University students take only one course at a time. However, students can complete this program in thirteen (13) 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 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 Scales

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 maintain 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) 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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