Frequently Asked Questions about the Distance Master of Science Program in Dietetics
What are the costs? How expensive is it to work toward a degree online?
The cost for the 2015-2016 academic year is $530 per credit hour. The GPIDEA Board of Directors evaluates and sets this common price per credit-hour each year. This cost per credit hour is the same at any of the eight participating institutions. Also, the price is the same whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student.
- Computer requirements for use in a distance program
- Cost of access for your internet connection or other delivery method (preferably a high-speed connection rather than dial-up). Course content may be delivered in a variety of formats including online, CD, DVD, e-mail lists, message boards, e-mail, videotape, audiotape, guided study, or Telenet 2 (videoconferencing). Basically, with Internet access and CD and DVD drives, you should be good to go!
- Cost of textbooks or other learning materials. This will vary from course to course.
How Does the Program Work?
Step 1: Decide which of the participating universities you want to be your "home" institution – the university who will grant your degree. We hope you choose Kansas State University!
Step 2: Apply for admission to the Graduate School of your chosen institution. Typically this can be done online. If you are applying to the K-State program, be sure and check the box that indicates MS-Dietetics (not MS-Nutrition).
Note: You may take up to 9 credit hours of graduate course work without being formally admitted to the degree program. In this case, you would apply for admission to the Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student and indicate on the form that you wish to work in the MS-Dietetics program. However, after completion of 9 credit hours, you must apply and be formally admitted to the program.
Step 3: Our administrative specialist handles the paperwork for those applying to our graduate program. Once the Graduate School has received your online or mailed application, it is forwarded to our office for the compilation of your paperwork. Once all the required documentation is received (application, letter of intent, resume, transcripts, recommendations), we notify the departmental Graduate Faculty members that we have an application to consider. The Graduate Faculty meet, review the application materials, and makes the admission recommendation to the Graduate School. We then communicate this decision to the Graduate School. The formal letter of admission comes from the K-State Graduate School.
Step 4: Once you have been admitted to the program, you will be assigned an advisor who will assist you with establishing your supervisory committee and enrolling in the appropriate courses. Once your major professor and supervisory committee have been established, you will work with these individuals to determine your personal Program of Study (POS) to be placed on file in the Graduate School. You will also decide if you plan to work on a thesis research project or complete the non-thesis version of the program. This committee meeting will take place via a video conference call, unless you would like to come to campus to have the meeting face-to-face. Students who elect to conduct research and write a thesis must select a thesis topic that supports the research agenda of the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.
Many individuals take graduate coursework during their dietetics internship. Credits from "regular courses" (not credits for supervised practice experience) may be considered for transfer into your Master of Science in Dietetics program. You may transfer in up to 10 credits of graduate coursework upon approval of your supervisory committee.
Step 5: At the completion of your degree program, you will have a summative evaluative experience. For students completing a thesis project, this will involve the presentation of the results of your research in your written thesis and a teleconferenced, oral defense with your supervisory committee. For non-thesis students, your evaluative experience involves a written examination over the content of core courses in the program as well as a video conference examination with your supervisory committee.
Whom do I contact for more information?
For further information about the online Master of Science in Dietetics at Kansas State University, contact:
Tandalayo Kidd, Ph.D
Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health
203 Justin Hall
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-1404