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Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

M.S. Nutrition, Dietetics and Sensory Sciences

Students may earn a Master of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics and Sensory Sciences degree through either thesis, report or coursework options. The degree can be customized to meet student's background, interests, and career goals. This degree program is available on-campus in Manhattan, and on-line through Global Campus.

Course Requirements

Sample Programs of Study

Research Faculty


This degree program does NOT meet the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential, however graduate students may opt to concurrently complete the DPD requirements alongside their master’s degree courses.

MS students interested in working towards the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential are eligible to apply to the non-degree DPD Completion Option. It should be noted that these programs are separate. Acceptance into the DPD Completion Option is competitive and should not be assumed based on acceptance to the Masters program.


Concurrent completion of the two programs is best done following these steps:

1) Take undergraduate Biology, Chemistry I and II, and Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II to meet science prerequisites required for admission to DPD Completion Option.

2) Take GRE to meet admission requirements for MS.

3) Apply to MS in Nutrition, Dietetics and Sensory Sciences (NDSS) program.

4) Upon acceptance to the MS program, send an email to dtonline@ksu.edu to request application instructions to the DPD Completion Option program.

5) If not already completed, take Organic Chemistry along with other undergraduate FNDH courses for the DPD Completion Option while concurrently taking graduate level courses for MS.

6) Apply to DPD the semester immediately following completion of Organic Chemistry, FNDH 132, FNDH 340, FNDH 400, and HM 341 (or the equivalent).

7) Once all undergraduate and graduate level requirements have been met, the MS will be granted and DPD Verification Statement issued.
NOTE: DPD Verification Statement will not be issued until the MS is granted, despite completing all the DPD requirements.


Please click below for DPD curriculum details.


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