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Dietetics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1055 (BCR) Online
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 (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. 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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistical Methods
  • Research Methods in Dietetics
  • Current Trends in Dietetics Practices
  • Vitamins and Minerals in Human Nutrition
  • Thesis (Option A)
  • Individual Research and Study (Option B)
  • Option C requires a comprehensive written exam.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic 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 - Request official transcripts from: Each institution from which a degree was earned or will be earned or Any institution at which you have earned graduate credits.
  • Submit Proof of immunity - Medically signed proof of two properly administered measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) immunizations OR immune titers for measles (rubella), mumps, and rubella is required. For additional information contact Student Health Services.

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    404 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 404 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    292 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 292 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    167 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 167 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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