Program Schedule and Academic Calendar

Students admitted into the MS in Nutrition program at LU will be notified by the university. Students will then enroll in the required graduate courses for the DI/MS program. The first required course for the program begins in August. Supervised practice and required graduate courses begin in August and end the following August during the summer session. 


During the 12-months of the program, the interns will be scheduled for supervised practice in the Southeast Texas region approximately 32 hours per week (M-Th) with an additional hours per week of didactic course instruction (online). The program provides a minimum of 1084 hours of supervised practice through at least 32 weeks. However, the total hours may vary depending on supervised practice site availability. Total weeks may be up to 34 weeks to ensure coverage for absences and bad weathers. The rotations vary in length from 1 to 6 weeks. Learning experiences may require some evening or weekends for fulfillment of program objectives.  During the DI/MS program, the interns will typically have the following days off: Labor Day, one week for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Winter Break, one week for Spring Break, and at least one week over the Memorial Day holiday week.


Interns typically follow the academic calendar of the university with most holidays listed on the Lamar University Academic Calendar being observed. Please be aware that due to official university closings from mandatory evacuations or bad weather the program length may be extended beyond June of the following year and/or require make-up hours during regularly scheduled breaks/holidays. The university calendar is available at