Program Overview

Enhance Your Career: Advancement, Satisfaction and Competence
The KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition offers a Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition with course work in the biochemical, clinical and behavioral aspects of nutrition – from “bench to bedside to behavior”.

What are the advantages of an MS in Dietetics and Nutrition?

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Advancement: Registered dietitians with a Master's degree are often hired and promoted to management, research and specialized clinical positions. Research experience is more important than ever in today's healthcare fields. Registered dietitians are required to conduct outcomes research and utilize evidence-based practice to translate research findings to clinical practice.

Satisfaction: Participating in research and applying research findings to dietetics and nutrition practice are useful and valued skills. Advanced knowledge of biochemical, pathological and physiological processes of disease builds a better understanding of disease prevention and treatment.

Competence: The role of the dietetics professional is continually evolving. Individuals must ethically take responsibility for determining their own competency to provide a specific service. Characteristics of dietetics professionals who seek advanced degrees are those who seek to acquire an expert knowledge base and develop complex decision making skills for expanded practice.

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What are the advantages of an MS for professionals who are not registered dietitians?

  • Professionals in fields such as exercise science, psychology, education, nursing, journalism can enhance their careers by the addition of an MS in Dietetics and Nutrition.

  • An MS in Dietetics and Nutrition expands employment opportunities in governmental agencies and in research.

  • An MS in Dietetics and Nutrition from an academic medical center can be a step to applying for medical school and enhance medical practice.

  • An MS in Dietetics and Nutrition can be a step to a doctoral program.


Why Choose KU?
Our program stands apart from others for many reasons, including the outstanding faculty and the flexible program design (12-15 credit hours of electives) allowing students to study full-time or part-time to meet individual career objectives. Many courses are offered in the evening or online to accommodate busy schedules, and thesis and non-thesis options are available.

Located in an urban academic medical center, KU provides students with opportunities not available at small universities or healthcare facilities. KU is a “good value” – high quality at low cost – according to the US New and World Report.

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Graduate Assistantships

Graduate teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available through the KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition for full-time MS students on a competitive basis. The time commitments and wages vary semester between semesters. Students should contact the department to apply for an assistantship.

Prerequisite courses for regular admission are one course each in biochemistry, physiology and nutrition.

Last modified: Aug 29, 2013

This program begins three times each year, once each in fall, spring and summer semesters. Students may enroll full-time or part-time and many classes are available online.


Eligibility and Requirements

Please check here to see what's needed to qualify for the master's program in dietetics and nutrition.

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