M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise administers a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) to prepare graduates to become Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs).
About the MSND Program
HNFE's graduate degree program in Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as a Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. Students who complete the program will receive both a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a verification statement that provides eligibility to sit for the RDN registration exam.
The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) 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 program will allow students to master skills in the application of critical thinking, evidence-based practice and research, and communication with emphasis on nutrition counseling for behavior change.
Students also gain extensive clinical skills working at Carilion Clinic and an appreciation for the impact of interprofessional teamwork, advocacy, service, and leadership in shaping the future of the profession.
Our Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program offers two pathways to become a graduate trained RDN:
- Track One: for direct entry students who have earned a baccalaureate degree (with or without a DPD verification statement) and have met program-specific prerequisite courses (17 months).
- Track Two: for current Virginia Tech HNFE Nutrition and Dietetics major students to apply for an accelerated B.S./M.S. pathway (22 months starting fall semester of senior year).
Choose the track that aligns with your qualifications and career goals, and ensure you meet the necessary prerequisites.
Unique qualities of the MSND Program
- Compact and streamlined design allows students to complete the program in as little as 17 months or 1-year post- HNFE DPD completion
- Direct entry pathway for students coming from non-ACEND accredited (non-dietetics) undergraduate programs
- Prerequisite pathway available during the summer to assist students in completing some of the program’s prerequisite requirements
- Integration of academic coursework and supervised experiential learning in a variety of professional settings
- Preparation for projected future practice expectations for RDNs including a focus on nutrition counseling for behavior change
MSND Program Open House Event
Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 9am-12pm offered in-person and online.
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Bio ItemEnette Larson-Meyer, PhD, RD, CSSD, FACSM , bio
Professor, Director of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) Program, and Director of the Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (NEM) Lab: How nutrition and exercise influence health and physical performance; special interest in energy, vitamin D and iodine metabolism
Bio ItemKristen Chang, MS, RDN, CSSD , bio
Instructor and Assistant Director of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) Program: Nutrition counseling for behavior change; sports nutrition; management and leadership in nutrition and dietetics
The MSND program is accredited as a Graduate Program in Nutrition and Dietetics by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND):
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR) requires prospective dietitians to have a graduate degree to sit for the RDN registration exam. In addition, CDR requires that individual’s complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by ACEND. Graduates who successfully complete the MSND program will be eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become a RDN. After becoming an RDN, new practitioners may or may not be required to apply for licensure depending on state of residence or practice. Licensure is not required for RDNs practicing in the state of Virginia. More information on licensure requirements by state.
The MSND program currently runs simultaneously with the longstanding Virginia Tech Internship in Nutrition and Dietetics program, which has sites in both Southwest Virginia and Northern Virginia. To learn more about the differences between these two programs, please download the Virginia Tech Dietetics Programs Overview.