Dietetics (Distance Program)

Dietetics (Distance Program)Master of Science (M.S.)

This option is only available to any one of the following: 

  • Registered Dietitians (RD)
  • Those who have met both the academic and supervised practice requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and are ready to sit for the national credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian 
  • Those who have a DPD verification statement   

Note: Obtaining the DPD verification statement and subsequently completing the MS distance program in dietetics does not qualify one to practice as an RD. Completion of 1200 hours of supervised practice through an ACEND accredited program is also needed before sitting for the exam to be an RD.

The Dietetics specialization is part of the multi-state Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA). Students apply to one of the institutions (in this case, UNL) but may take courses offered by any of the partner institutions, including:

  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Colorado State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Kansas State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Kansas Medical Center

Course Information
Course Matrix


  • Registered Dietitian

Application to this program

Application is open only to:
Registered Dietitians (RD)
Those eligible to take the registration examination
Those who have a DPD verification statement

When completing the Office of Graduate Studies online application, select:
Major/Degree: Nutrition & Health Sciences (MS)
Specialization: Dietetics
GRE (General) Test is required


Degree Requirements

  • 36 total credits of coursework
  • 9 credits are required from the following three courses offered in GP IDEA:
    • Statistics
    • Research Methods
    • Current Issues
  • Remaining 27 credits consist of GP IDEA Dietetics courses that best meet your career needs and interests.
  • Up to 15 graduate credits may be transferred in from another university pending advisor approval.  Certain restrictions apply.
  • A Memorandum of Courses (MOC) form needs to be filled out and filed before half of coursework is completed.
    • Students may not file a Memorandum and graduate in the same term.
    • Students have ten years from the oldest course listed on the Memorandum to complete the degree. Courses exceeding this limit may not be used toward a master’s degree.
  • The student must apply to graduate.
  • The Final Examination Report (FER) is due in Graduate Studies at least four weeks (three weeks in summer) before the final exam.
  • Final oral exam is taken in final semester of coursework.  Contact the program advisor early in the final semester to prepare for this exam.

Dietetics-Distance Program Advisor

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Virginia Chaidez Associate Professor

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Sample Courses