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Dietetics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1055 (BCR) Online
The online Master of Science in Dietetics at South Dakota State University is one of the most innovative in the country, taught through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA), a consortium of universities who have banded together to offer online graduate programs. Our online MS in Dietetics is the largest of the GPIDEA programs with 9 universities participating.


This program is for registered dietitians to earn their master's degree and is a total of 36 credits. There are 12 credit hours of core courses and 18-24 (dependent upon the option) credit hours of electives. There are three options for students; 1) Thesis option requires 6 credit hours of HNS 798 Thesis; 2) research paper option requires 3 credits HNS 788 Research Problems; and 3) written comprehensive exam option requires written comprehensive. Thesis and research problems students write their thesis or research paper and defend it orally with their supervisory committee. 

We offer a master degree in Dietetics at South Dakota State University. Students who complete a comprehensive written examination also have an oral examination with their supervisory committee. The 12 credit core includes a graduate statistics course such as STATS 541, NFS 734 Research Methods in Dietetics, NFS 735 Current Trends in Dietetics Practices and NFS 760 Vitamins and Minerals in Human Nutrition. 

The remaining courses cover a wide variety of topics to meet the needs of the diverse dietetics profession including clinically oriented nutrition course, community or public health nutrition course, health care administration, management-oriented courses, food science and food service management.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Assessment and Counseling Skills in Nutrition and Lab
  • Food Science for Nutrition and Dietetics and Lab
  • Food Science, Dietetics, and Hospitality Human Resources Management
  • Transition to Professional World
  • Research Methods in Dietetics
  • Current Trends in Dietetics Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

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General Requirements

  • Submit the Online Application
  • Pay the Application Fee - The $35.00 fee can be paid through the online application system at the time of application submission or by sending a check or money order to the Graduate School
  • Submit Your Official Transcripts 
  • Submit Proof of Immunity 
  • Submit Any Additional Documents Required by Your Program of Interest

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    647 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 647 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    336 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 336 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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