Nutritional Science (Dietetics), MS

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The MS program in nutritional science with a dietetics concentration is a nonthesis option for registered dietitian nutritionists seeking to continue their education and advance their skills as practitioners. Designed with working professionals and students' learning preferences in mind, the program is completely online and can be completed either full time or part time. The program is based on the scientific foundations of nutrition and prepares students to have strong writing skills, computer literacy, interpretive expertise and problem-solving skills.

This is a fully online program with multiple start dates each year. Courses are 7.5 weeks long and semesters are divided into A and B sessions. Up to 12 credit hours can be transferred from another accredited program with the approval of the program director.

Are you a registered dietitian nutritionist? Learn proper techniques and methods for reading and successfully interpreting evidence-based nutrition research while earning continuing education credits for your professional development portfolio. This online program is highly flexible.

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The MS program in nutritional science with a dietetics concentration is a nonthesis option for registered dietitian nutritionists seeking to continue their education and advance their skills as practitioners. The program is based on the scientific foundations of nutrition and prepares students to have strong writing skills, computer literacy, interpretive expertise and problem-solving skills.

Designed with working professionals and students' learning preferences in mind, the program is completely online and can be completed either full time or part time. This is a fully online program with multiple start dates each year. Courses are 7.5 weeks long and semesters are divided into A and B sessions. Up to 12 credit hours can be transferred from another accredited program with the approval of the program director.

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Nutritional Science (Dietetics), MS

Plan of study

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are required to have adequate academic preparation which includes a minimum of a BS or BA degree from a regionally accredited institution, current RD credential, and one year of full-time work experience as an RD.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. proof of Registered Dietitian status
  4. resume
  5. personal statement
  6. three letters of recommendation
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency via a TOEFL score.

Applicants should submit proof of registered dietitian status by accessing the Commission on Dietetic Registration's website (https://www.cdrnet.org) and complete the verification process using the online credential verification search.

A resume is required that summarizes the applicant's academic, volunteer and employment experiences.

Also required is a one- to two-page, typed, double-spaced, personal statement addressing the following: significant professional responsibilities the applicant has held; professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in this program; strengths that will help the applicant succeed in this program and in reaching their professional goals; and, personal interests in research, including, if applicable, studies involving the practice of dietetics.

Three letters of recommendation are to be submitted with the application, including at least one from an employer or work supervisor.

Because passing the registered dietitian exam and gaining work experience in the field of dietetics are required for successful admission to the MS in nutritional science dietetics concentration, the nutrition program graduate committee does not require applicants to take or submit scores from the GRE. In lieu of GRE scores, a telephone interview may be conducted.

A foreign language examination is not required for this program.

A personal or phone interview may be required.

Applicants to the Master of Science degree program in nutritional science with a concentration in dietetics must have one year of full-time work experience as a registered dietitian nutritionist; however, applicants do not have to be employed at the time they apply to the program nor do students have to be employed to maintain good standing within the program.

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