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Dietetics prepares Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to practice dietetics at an advanced level and/or pursue doctoral study. The program seeks to develop research skills, stimulate independent thought, and provide up-to-date knowledge in foods, nutrition, and food service/business management.

This program prepares individuals to integrate and apply the principles ranging from the biomedical sciences, human behavior, and management to design, and to lead effective food, nutrition, health and wellness programs in a variety of settings. This online program will be a degree tailored for credentialed, practicing dietetics professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge in a specific area of dietetics practice or to retool for new career opportunities in dietetics practice.

There are 12 credit hours of core courses and 18-24 (dependent upon the option) credit hours of electives.

Core Requirements

* Statistical Methods II
* Research Methods in Dietetics
* Current Trends in Dietetics Practices
* Vitamins and Minerals in Human Nutrition
* Thesis (Option A)
* or Individual Research and Study (Option B)
* or Option C requires a comprehensive written exam.

Students must be credentialed as a Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, submitting a copy of a current RD or RDN card as documentation. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

The Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences aims to provide premier academic programs and high-quality services to students. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships and scholarships may be available to qualified graduate students.


The MS in Dietetics does not prepare one to become a registered dietitian. If you desire information on how to become a registered dietitian please go to the SDSU Dietetics webpage.

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