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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.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    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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