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Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Online


Help individuals, groups and communities lead healthy lives and meet nutritional needs.

Next Apply Date: 5/14/24
Next Class Start Date: 5/28/24
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Next Apply Date: 5/14/24
Next Class Start Date: 5/28/24

Program Overview


A quick look at our 100% online master's degree nutrition dietetics

Gain advanced knowledge in this ACEND-accredited master's program in nutrition and dietetics that sets you apart in the field. You will focus on the management of nutritional support for patients in critical care, the traditional and emerging roles of health professionals as moral agents, how to be a positive leader in shaping nutrition health, education and policies at the local, state and national level and more.

The M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics online program offers two exciting tracks: Registered Dietitian (RD) or Transitional. The first option builds on a bachelor's degree in nutrition from an ACEND-accredited undergraduate program and 1,000 supervised practice hours and prepares you to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration's RD exam. The Transitional track is for practicing RDs who need/want a graduate degree, those who are new to the field or those who did not attend an ACEND-accredited undergraduate program and who are not seeking RD certification.

In the online nutrition and dietetics program, you will:

  • Become eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD track)*
  • Conduct research in the field of nutrition
  • Address food and nutrition-related challenges for diverse populations
  • Comprehend the ethical issues facing nutrition professionals
  • Become eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians (RD track)*
  • Conduct research in the field of nutrition
  • Address food and nutrition-related challenges for diverse populations
  • Comprehend the ethical issues facing nutrition professionals

Prepare for careers like these:

  • Registered Dietitian (RD track)
  • Food Nutrition Services Director
  • Public Health Nutrition Services
  • Nutrition Research
  • Registered Dietitian (RD track)
  • Food Nutrition Services Director
  • Public Health Nutrition Services
  • Nutrition Research

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Total Tuition: $12,240
Program Duration: As few as 12 months
Credit Hours 36

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Tuition


Our low tuition helps keep your degree within reach

The M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $340
Total Tuition: $12,240

Calendar


Follow these dates to apply, enroll and start classes

Our M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics is a flexible online program featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

Please note Summer 1 and Summer 2 terms are 5 weeks in duration for this program.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Spring 23/4/242/19/242/23/242/29/243/1/244/26/24
Summer 15/28/245/14/245/17/245/23/245/24/246/27/24
Summer 27/2/246/18/246/21/246/27/246/28/248/1/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/9/248/15/248/16/2410/4/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 5/14/24
Start Class 5/28/24

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Admissions


Get ready to apply to A-state’s online master's in nutrition and dietetics

Arkansas State University has a streamlined admission process that makes it easy for you to enroll in the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics online program. Enrollment specialists are available to walk you through the admission process, so you will be able to complete your application quickly.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Official transcripts

To be granted admission into the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program, you must meet the following criteria:

Transitional Track

  • Bachelor's degree in any discipline
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale or a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours. Note that if you are accepted with a GPA lower than 2.75 GPA in the last 60 hours or a cumulative 2.50 GPA, you will need to maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first 9 hours taken in the program.
  • Successful completion of Basic Nutrition and Statistics courses with a B or better
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended

  • Registered Dietitian (RD) Track

  • ACEND-accredited bachelor’s degree in dietetics with 1,000 supervised practice hours in the field
  • Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours
  • Official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended

  • Application Submission Requirements

  • Complete online application
  • Submit a nonrefundable $30 fee
  • Have official transcript(s) sent from the registrar of the college/university attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.
  • If applying for the Registered Dietitian (RD) track, the following additional documents are required:
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement consisting of 500-1,000 words, highlighting your professional goals and the contributions you hope to make in the field of nutrition and dietetics
  • Three letters of recommendation/rating forms, which should be from former supervisors, faculty or preceptors
  • Submit all documents to:

    A-State Online
    P.O. Box 2520
    State University, AR 72467

    Fax: 870-972-3548
    Email: [email protected]

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    Courses


    What you will study in our innovative online M.S. in dietetics and nutrition courses

    To earn your Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, you need to complete 36 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 12 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of major requirements and nine credit hours of support courses.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an overview of the nation’s health care delivery system, including characteristics and challenges, with emphasis on the implications and opportunities for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), particularly related to payment structures for nutrition services.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    The process of designing, conducting, interpreting and evaluating nutrition research. Emphasis given to ethical issues and application of research to practice.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Examines methods used in nutritional epidemiological studies and reviews current knowledge related to diet and other nutritional determinants of long-term health and disease.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This course addresses the theory and mechanics of data analysis related to basic and applied research in the health professions. The course includes the use of statistical analysis using computerized programs such as SPSS. Topics range from basic descriptive statistics to inferential analysis.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This course examines models of leadership, both historical and contemporary, and how these models can be applied in the health care setting.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Advanced study of macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism and function in human health, especially factors that affect dietary requirements.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the challenges of managing patients in the critical care setting, from the physiologic changes associated with metabolic stress to special needs met with nutrition support. Appropriate medical nutrition therapy in specific disease states included.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Emphasizes core concepts of clinical nutrition relevant to the nutrition care process which include pharmacology and nutrition support. Case studies and an evidence-based approach in various diseases are utilized to help students develop and apply clinical nutrition expertise.
    Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    This course examines the traditional and emerging roles of the health professional as an individual moral agent and as a moral participant in team decisions. Methods of rational moral deliberation based on ethical theories and principles will be applied to ethical dilemmas.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Course is discussion driven by current issues and events related to food service operations and management.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    Principles of management for professionals in food service operations and/or clinical nutrition services. Topics include management roles, tools, human resources, fiscal responsibilities and emerging administrative issues.
    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3
    An in-depth look at U.S. food policies and programs that affect food production, distribution, and consumption. Examines the dynamics of policy making and the influence of food companies on strategic decisions that undermine the nation’s health.

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