Registered Dietitians interested in a Master of Science degree in Dietetics will select the following option when completing the Office of Graduate Studies online application:

Major/Degree: Nutrition & Health Sciences (MS)
Specialization: Dietetics

Application to this program is open only to Registered Dietitians (RD) or those eligible to take the registration examination. The Dietetics specialization is part of the multi-state Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) in which online courses are available from the following institutions: Colorado State University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the University of Nebraska. Students apply to one of the institutions (in this case, University of Nebraska), but may take courses offered by any of the partner institutions. 

Major/Degree Requirements:

  • Must hold the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD) or be RD-eligible (meaning the student has met both the academic and supervised practice requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is ready to sit for the national credentialing examination to become an RD).
  • Must meet all Admission Requirements for the Department of Nutrition & Health Sciences
  • Core courses (15 credits)
    • A basic statistics course (3 cr)
    • A research methods course (3 cr)
    • A current issues/trends course (3 cr)
      Choice of:
    • Advanced Nutrition (3 cr) and Micronutrients (3 cr)
    • Accounting concepts and analysis (3 cr) and Entrepreneurship (3 cr)
  • Elective Courses (15 credits from the following list)
    • Nutrition and Physical Activity in Aging (3 cr)
    • Maternal and Child Nutrition (3 cr)
    • Nutrition and Human Performance (3 cr)
    • Nutritional Counseling & Educational Methods (3 cr)
    • Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy (3 cr)††††††††
    • Nutrition Education and the Community (3 cr)
    • Obesity Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
    • Pediatric Clinical Nutrition (3 cr)
    • Phytochemicals (3 cr)
    • Functional Foods (3 cr)
    • Nutrition in Wellness (3 cr)
    • International Nutrition and World Hunger (3 cr)
    • Healthcare Administration (3 cr)
    • Managerial Finance (3 cr)
    • Operations Management and Analysis (3 cr)
    • Marketing Concepts and Research (3 cr)
    • Behavioral Management Theory (3 cr)
    • Grant Writing for the Professional (3 cr)
    • Food Production Management (3 cr)
    • Foundations of Leadership (3 cr)
    • Leadership Practicum (3 cr)
    • Nutrition: A Focus on Life Stages (3 cr)
    • Metabolic Roles on Nutrients (3 cr)
  • Thesis or non-thesis (6 credits)
    • Students may select to complete a thesis under the direction of their major professor or committee and sit for an oral examination with their committee OR may take 6 additional credit hours from the program electives and sit for a comprehensive written examination
    • The studentís thesis problem is preferably a topic related to his/her dietetics practice, results of which many add to the body of knowledge and support evidence-based dietetics practice