Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition

The master's degree in dietetics and nutrition is designed for professionals in nutrition and for others with a science background. 

Advantages of this program:

  • Practice Competence: Students gain advanced knowledge of the biochemical, pathological, and physiological processes of disease to build a better understanding of disease prevention and treatment. While the practice competencies of the dietetics professional are continually evolving, entry into practice as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) will require a master's degree, beginning in 2024.  
  • Research Competency: Research experience is more important than ever in today's health care fields. Students graduating from the MS degree program, with or without the RDN credential, are able to participate in research and apply findings in research, public health, and/or clinical practice. Graduates with RDN credentials are required to conduct outcomes research and utilize evidence-based practice to translate research findings in clinical settings.  Participating in research and applying research findings to dietetics and nutrition practice are useful and valued skills. 

The master's degree alone does not lead to the registered dietitian credential. More information about becoming a registered dietitian is found here:

An online master's degree for registered dietitians is offered through the Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance) program.