The Great Plains IDEA program is a consortium of eight universities (at right) and provides an online 36-credit hour Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition degree. Admittance is limited to only credentialed registered dietitians (RD) or registry-eligible individuals having met all requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for registration. Students enroll for all courses through his or her home institution (KU Medical Center), but the actual courses are delivered online from any of the participating universities and their respective faculty members.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Completion of degree requirements depends upon several factors, including the semester start date, the specific courses offered each semester, and the student's desired courseload each semester. Many students in this program are working professionals with job and family responsibilities, and this program allows the flexibility to take the number of courses that work in the student's schedule.
Taking two courses a semester (including summers) should allow students to complete the program in approximately three years. More courses may be taken each semester, however, provided they are available at the institution at that time. To see the current schedule of course offerings, visit the Great Plains IDEA web site.
What are the costs?
Tuition for the 2016-2016 academic year is $530.00 per credit hour. The tuition will be $545.00 per credit hour for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Great Plains IDEA board of directors evaluates and sets the tuition amount per credit hour each year. The cost per credit hour is the same at any of the eight participating institutions. Also, tuition is not affected by location or residency in a particular state.
Note: tuition for this program differs from that of other students in the dietetics and nutrition degree program at KU Medical Center.
Students are required to have access to a computer meeting the KU Medical Center requirements and a high-speed Internet connection. Other costs may include textbooks or other learning materials. Expenses vary from course to course, as 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 video conferencing.
What are the admission deadlines?
July 1 for fall semester start, December 1 for spring semester start and May 1 for summer semester start.
Is travel to campus required or expected?
A visit to KU Medical Center is not required for students completing a non-thesis research project; however, students completing a thesis research project will be required to defend the thesis in person on campus. KU welcomes all students to campus to meet the program faculty and other graduate students!