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?
The cost for the 2013-2014 academic year (July 2013-June 2014) is $500 per credit hour. The Great Plains IDEA Board of Directors evaluates and sets this common price per credit hour each year. The cost per credit hour is the same at any of the eight participating institutions. Also, tuition is the same both both in-state or out-of-state students.
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?
KU needs to have received all applications materials at least four weeks prior to the semester start date.
Is travel to campus required or expected?
No, a visit to the KU Medical Center is not required to complete the degree. However, KU would be delighted to welcome students to campus at any time and meet the program faculty and other graduate students!