Online Master of Science in Dietetics

Online Master of Science in DieteticsMaster of Science (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Sciences with specialization in Dietetics is 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 a RD.


The Dietetics specialization is part of the multi-state Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA). Great Plains IDEA is a partnership of 19 public university members providing access to the best educational opportunities by collaboratively developing and delivering high-quality, online academic programs.

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
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Dietetics Online Curriculum
Course information:

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What can you do with a Dietetics master's degree? 

Registered dietitians work in a wide variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, community/public health, education, research, government agencies, and private practice.

Many work environments, particularly those in medical and healthcare settings, require that an individual be credentialed as an RDN.

RDNs work within a wide array of areas including, but not limited to:

    • Hospitals, HMOs, or other healthcare facilities, educating patients about nutrition and administering medical nutrition therapy as part of the health-care team. They may also manage the foodservice operations in these settings, as well as in schools, daycare centers and correctional facilities, overseeing everything from food purchasing and preparation to managing staff.
    • Sports nutrition and corporate wellness programs, educating clients about the connection between food, fitness, and health.
    • Food and nutrition-related business and industries, working in communications, consumer affairs, public relations, marketing, product development, or consulting with chefs in restaurants and culinary schools.
    • Private practice, working under contract with healthcare or food companies or in their own business. RDs may provide services to food service or restaurant managers, food vendors and distributors or athletes, nursing home residents, or company employees.
    • Community and public health settings, teaching, monitoring, and advising the public and helping improve their quality of life through healthy eating habits.
    • Universities and medical centers, teaching physician's assistants, nurses, dietetics students, dentists, and others the sophisticated science of foods and nutrition.
    • Research areas in food and pharmaceutical companies, universities, and hospitals directing or conducting experiments to answer critical nutrition questions and find alternative foods or nutrition recommendations for the public.


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietitians is projected to grow 8% from 2019-2029, much faster than average for all occupations, because of the increased emphasis on the role of food and nutrition in preventing and treating diseases, a growing and aging population, and public interest in nutrition.


  • Clinical Dietitian
  • Clinical Manager
  • Clinical Nutrition Manager
  • Community Dietitian
  • Director of Wellness
  • Health Facilities Surveyor
  • Medical Certification Manager
  • Nutrition Coordinator
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Pediatric Dietitian
  • 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


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.

Associated Faculty and Staff

Sarah Hortman Assistant Professor of Practice

Kelly Durkin Graduate Student Coordinator

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