Master of Science Great Plains IDEA program

The Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance) is a consortium of seven universities that provides an online 36-credit hour master's degree in dietetics and nutrition. Admission is limited to credentialed registered dietitians or registry-eligible individuals having met all requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Students enroll for all courses through his or her "home" institution, but the actual courses are delivered online from any of the participating universities and their respective faculty members. 

Great Plains IDEA Consortium Members

  • University of Kansas Medical Center

  • Kansas State University

  • Colorado State University

  • North Dakota State University

  • Oklahoma State University

  • South Dakota State University

  • University of Nebraska- Lincoln

The program is administered by the KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition for students selecting the KU Medical Center as his or her "home" institution. Completion of degree requirements depends upon several factors including the semester start date, the specific courses offered each semester, and the student's desired course load each semester. Many students in this program are working professionals with job and family responsibilities, and this program allows the flexibility to take the number of courses that work in the student's schedule.

Taking one to two courses a semester (including summers) should allow students to complete the program in approximately two to four years. More courses may be taken each semester provided they are available. To see the current schedule of course offerings, visit the Great Plains IDEA website and select the course matrix and course information links.

For questions about this program, please contact Kendra Spaeth by email at dietetics@kumc.edu
Tel: 913-588-5355 (711 TTY)