Become an authority on nutrition.

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

Introduction

The M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics will allow you to pursue your career in a diverse group of settings. There are many opportunities for growth in the field. This program is designed for those without an undergraduate background in nutrition who want to complete the requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Faculty

Our small, interactive classes allow for personal attention from experienced faculty. Faculty are diverse and talented, highly credentialed teachers who are also authors, researchers, practitioners and leaders in their fields. They’ll encourage, challenge and support you — and provide programs of study that connect the classroom to the world beyond.

Program Distinctions

This program is designed for students without undergraduate backgrounds in nutrition who want to become an RDN, combining ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) courses with master’s courses.

Once the DPD courses are completed, you’ll be eligible to pursue a dietetic internship program, which is the next step on the path to becoming an RDN.

Full-time students can complete this program in as few as three semesters, while part-time students can complete at their own pace.

Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

Graduates go on to pursue Dietetic Internships and the RDN credential. Students have careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, as well as pursue doctoral degrees and advanced certificates.

Careers

Graduates of the program are employed at:

  • Community Care Physicians
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Hospitals
  • New York State Women, Infants and Children Programs

You can go on to work in hospitals and health-care facilities, sports-nutrition and corporate-wellness programs, community- and public-health settings, universities and medical centers and research settings — the opportunities and potential for growth in the field of nutrition are exceptional.

Dietetic Internship Program

After completing your degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for an accredited Dietetic Internship program. Many students go on to pursue Russell Sage College’s Dietetic Internship program.

You’ll get a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice, preparing you to take the next step: passing the CDR’s dietetic registration exam.

Learning Experience

The program is built around five major content areas: nutrition science, dietetics, research, public health and nutrition communication. Taught in a hybrid format of online and in-person classes, you’ll learn everything you need to take you to the next level.

Course Objectives

  • research analysis and interpretation
  • writing, communication and professional presentation
  • critical thinking
  • ability to evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition interventions
  • medical nutrition therapy
  • confidence using evidence-based guidelines in practice

Application Requirements

  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • two letters of recommendation
  • 1-2 page career goals essay
  • current resume

Deadline: Rolling admission
Start date: Fall, Spring, Summer semester


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