Online Dietetics Master of Science Degree

Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2021-2022: $590
2022-2023: $600

Average time to complete: 30 months

36 Hours

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.  Listen as dietetics graduate Casey Colin explains how the flexibility of this program allowed her to accomplish her goals.

Choice. Build your own degree program.  With 21-24 credit hours of elective courses, you have a lot of options to craft a program that fits your needs and interests.  Listen as dietetics graduate Brooke Noble shares her experience.

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.

Listen to Casey Colin, a graduate of the dietetics program, explain how she uses the skills and knowledge learned in this program every day in her job.

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 (21-24 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
  • Foodservice management

Thesis, Comprehensive Paper, or Project (3-6 credit hours)

Each home university has different requirements for the culminating experience.  Current students seeking supervisory committee members should contact their advisor for a list of available faculty.

  • Thesis explanation
  • Comprehensive paper explanation
  • Comprehensive project explanation

Given the wide variety of courses that are available, you are allowed to pick and choose what courses are of interest to you which allow you to tailor your education essentially to whatever your aspirations or interests or clinical goals would be.  I really thought this was one of the unique aspects in comparison to other programs.

Kathryn Holt, Dietetics student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
GP IDEA Student Excellence Award recipient, 2018-2019

Admission Requirements

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

  • Have a bachelor's degree.
  • Completed an internship or supervised practice (or submit a verification statement if internship not yet completed).
  • Have the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential (or be eligible to sit for the RDN exam).
  • 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 a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework in the undergraduate degree.
  • The GRE or GMAT is not required by any participating universities.
  • A list of admission requirements is included in the dietetics student handbook (PDF).

Do you still have questions about starting a career in Dietetics? Find answers to 12 of the most commonly asked questions.

Listen as Brooke Noble, a graduate of the dietetics program, explains how the network she developed continues to provide opportunity.

Great Plains IDEA Student Handbook

Degree titles vary by university. 

  • Colorado State University – Master of Science in Dietetics
  • Kansas State University – Master of Science in Dietetics
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln – Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Sciences with Dietetics specialization
  • North Dakota State University – Master of Science in Dietetics
  • Oklahoma State University – Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences with an option in Dietetics
  • South Dakota State University – Master of Science in Dietetics
  • University of Kansas Medical Center -- Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition

A master's degree designed to prepare Registered Dietitian and Nutritionists to practice at an advanced level in one of the most dynamic and versatile of the health-related professions.

Course List for Master's Degree

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