Master's in Nutrition and Dietetics

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The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise is issuing a Master’s of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics to prepare graduates to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs).


Mission: to prepare graduate-trained registered dietitian nutritionists who can advance professional practice to accelerate improvements in health and well-being through food and nutrition.


The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise is excited to announce the establishment of a new graduate degree program in Nutrition and Dietetics according the Future Education Model by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Students who complete the program will receive a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and a verification statement that provides eligibility to sit for the RDN registration exam.

The MS in Nutrition and Dietetics program offers a competency-based curriculum which integrates didactic coursework and supervised experiential learning opportunities in a variety of settings in order to prepare future nutrition and dietetics practitioners to become leaders in a rapidly evolving field. The advanced coursework provided through the graduate degree will allow students to master skills in the application of critical thinking, evidence-based practice, and communication as related to nutrition counseling for behavior change. Students will also gain an appreciation for the impact of interprofessional teamwork, advocacy, service, and leadership in shaping the future of the profession.

Our Master’s in Nutrition and Dietetics program offers two pathways to become a graduate trained RDN:

  • Track One: for direct entry students who have an earned a baccalaureate degree and have met program-specific prerequisite courses (17 months)
  • Track Two: for current HNFE B.S. DIET option students to apply for an accelerated B.S./M.S. option (21 months from start of senior year)

Unique qualities of the program:

  • Compact, streamlined design allows students to complete the program in as little as 17 months
  • Prerequisite pathway available during the summer to assist students in completing some of the program’s prerequisite requirements
  • Experiential learning environments in a number of professional settings
  • Focus on mastering skills in nutrition counseling for behavior change