Master of Science in Dietetics

This is an online only advanced degree program for registered dietitians.

The online Master of Science in Dietetics is one of the most innovative in the country, taught through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, a consortium of universities who have banded together to offer online graduate programs. Our online master's program brings together eight universities. Kansas State University was the lead institution in starting this program.

For more information on the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, visit their website.

Graduates of Master of Science in Dietetics program will demonstrate the following:

  • application of cutting-edge information in food, nutrition, food service management, and wellness to enhance dietetics practice
  • independent and critical thinking to evaluate and apply new research concepts and theories to advance the profession of dietetics
  • understanding of public policy and current systems of health care delivery with particular reference to the role of the dietitian
  • ability to advance the profession of dietetics by contributing to evidence-based practice

Master's Program Requirements

During your degree program, you will take courses from a variety of the participating universities. You will enroll for all courses through your home institution, but the actual courses will be taught online from any of the participating universities and their faculty members. You do not need to travel to Kansas State University to complete your degree. However, we would be delighted to have you come to campus at any time and meet our faculty and resident graduate students. And we would love to have you come to campus and participate in commencement exercises when you complete your master's degree!

The speed of program completion will depend on how much time you can devote to taking classes. Many students in this program may be working professionals with job and family responsibilities which may limit the number of courses they can take each semester. The number of courses available each semester will grow as the program matures and more students enter the program. Taking two courses a semester (including summers) should allow you to complete the program in approximately three years. The more courses you take each semester, the faster you will finish.

Course Requirements

The Master of Science in Dietetics is a 36-credit hour program. Students may elect to do the thesis option, which involves working with their major professor on a research project, writing a formal thesis, and finally defending that research before their supervisory committee. This program is 9 hours of core courses, 21 hours of electives and 6 credit hours of thesis research. Alternately, a student may choose the non-thesis option which entails taking an additional 6 hours of elective courses in lieu of the thesis research, followed by a comprehensive written and oral examination with their supervisory committee.

Core Courses Required by All Students (9 credit hours):

  • Current issues in dietetics course
  • Basic research methods course
  • Basic statistics course

Thesis Option Courses (27 credit hours):

  • Thesis Research (6 cr.)
  • Elective Courses (21 cr.)
    • These will cover a wide variety of topics to meet the needs of the diverse dietetics profession including clinically-oriented nutrition courses, community or nutrition and health courses, health care administration, management-oriented courses, food science, food service management, etc. By choosing a specific set of elective courses, students may even earn a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership through K-State's College of Business Administration.

Non‐thesis Option (27 credit hours):

  • Elective Courses (27 cr.)
    • These will cover a wide variety of topics to meet the needs of the diverse dietetics profession including clinically-oriented nutrition courses, community or nutrition and health courses, health care administration, management-oriented courses, food science, food service management, etc. By choosing a specific set of elective courses, students may even earn a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership through K-State's College of Business Administration.

To see the current schedule of course offerings visit the GPIDEA website.