The Great Plains IDEA master’s degree in dietetics is diverse, just like our profession.  You will apply cutting-edge information in food, nutrition, food service management and wellness to enhance your practice.  This program will teach you to think independently and critically to evaluate and apply new research concepts and theories to advance your career.

What makes this master’s program the best?

Flexibility.  Our program is offered completely online which means you can complete your coursework when it’s convenient for you.

Choice.  Build your own degree program.  With 21 credit hours of elective courses, you have a lot of options to craft a program that fits your needs and interests.

Academic excellence.  Your degree will come from your home university, but your courses will be taught by RDNs from around the nation through Great Plains IDEA.

What is required of me in this program?

The Great Plains IDEA online master's degree in dietetics requires 36 credit hours of coursework.  To see a full list of courses, visit our interactive Course Planner.

Core Courses (9 credit hours)

The three core courses include current issues and trends, basic statistics and research methods.  These courses will ensure your success throughout the remainder of your program.

Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

Our elective courses allow you to choose a focus that best fits your needs and interests. Electives include:

  • Clinically-oriented nutrition courses
  • Community or public health nutrition courses
  • Healthcare administration
  • Management-oriented courses
  • Food science
  • Food service management

Thesis, Comprehensive Paper or Project (6 credit hours)

Each home university has different requirements for the culminating experience.

  • Thesis explanation
  • Comprehensive paper explanation
  • Comprehensive project explanation

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this program, you must meet the following requirements

  • Have a verification statement from an accredited didactic program in dietetics. You can choose to complete the master’s degree prior to completing an internship or after the internship while working.
  • Fulfill (or meet) the entrance requirements for a master’s program at your home university. Typically, this requires a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average, or 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework in the undergraduate degree.
  • The GRE or GMAT may be required by some participating universities. Check with the campus coordinator at your home university to determine if this is a requirement for admission.

Great Plains IDEA Student Handbook

Degree titles vary by university. 

  • Colorado State University – Master of Science in Food Science and Nutrition
  • Iowa State University – Master of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Kansas State University – Master of Science in Dietetics
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln – Master of Science
  • North Dakota State University – Master of Science in Dietetics
  • Oklahoma State University – Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
  • South Dakota State University – Master of Science
  • University of Kansas Medical Center -- Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition


Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2017-2018: $565
2018-2019: $580

36 Hours

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

– – April-Dawn Knudsen, Community Development Graduate