College of Health and Human Services
George Mason University
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  • A master’s thesis is a written piece of work, which documents a student’s original research. 
  • It is highly recommended to any students who are interested in careers in academia or research, and especially those who are considering pursuit of a PhD.
  • The process of producing a thesis includes working under the supervision of a faculty committee; writing a thesis proposal in accordance with a literature review to justify the project’s rationale and design; conducting research by collecting, analyzing, summarizing, and presenting data, as necessary; writing the final thesis and defending the results to your supervisory committee.
  • The process takes approximately one calendar year, but the timeline is highly individualized.
  • Students enrolled in the thesis option must register for 6 credits of NUTR 799 – Thesis Research. Students may only register for NUTR 799 after successful defense of the thesis proposal and with approval of their advisor.  

Recent MS Theses

  • Lise Gloede “Diet Quality and Nutritional Intake Differences Among Premenopausal Women With and Without Uterine Fibroids Participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2006”
  • Lara Habel “Differences in Nutritional Intake and Bone Health Among Adults With and Without Celiac Disease: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2009-2014”
  • Katelyn Brennan “The Effects of Drinking Water on Resting Energy Expenditure”
  • Alexandra Hauver “Total Anthocyanin Levels in Commercially-Available Pigmented Grain Products”
  • Amialya Elder Durairaj “’We Now Make Our Own Money and Decisions’: Gender Norms and Food Insecurity in the Wakiso District of Uganda”
  • Mengyi Dong “Spices to Prevent Lipid Oxidation and Improve Acceptability in Oven-Dried Fish”
  • Holly Childs “The Association between Dietary Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Sleep Quality among Healthy Adults”
  • Ashley Shaw “Examining the Individual, Familial, and Environmental Factors Associated with Preschooler Nutrition and Physical Activity: Findings from a Mixed Methods Approach”

For the repository of electronic theses submitted at Mason, visit MARS ed@Mason. Click on College of Health & Human Services to access all e- theses submitted in the college including MS Nutrition theses.