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Distance-learning Master's Degree Program in Dietetics and Nutrition

The Great Plains IDEA program is a consortium of eight universities together offering an online, 36-credit hour master's degree in dietetics and nutrition. 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.

Great Plains IDEA Interactive Distance Education Alliance

Students enroll for all courses through his or her home institution such as KU Medical Center, but the actual courses are delivered online from any of the participating universities and their respective faculty members.

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How long does it take to complete the online master's degree 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 course load 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 each semester (including summers) should allow students to complete the program in approximately two years. More courses may be taken each semester provided they are available at the institution at that time. See the current schedule of course offerings using the course planner on the Great Plains IDEA web site.

Can course credits be transferred to this program?

Yes. Up to six (6) graduate-level credits may be transferred to the master's degree program. These courses must be nutrition-related and will be verified for eligiblity via transcripts and course syllabi submitted by the student.

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 KU students in the dietetics and nutrition programs!

KU's master's degree program in dietetics and nutrition does not provide eligibility for professional licensing for employment at this time. Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require a minimum of a master's degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

Last modified: Oct 13, 2020

Eligibility and Requirements
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Eligibility and admissions questions
Kendra Spaeth
GPIDEA campus coordinator and course advisor
913-588-8992 (email)

Research questions
Jeannine Goetz, Ph.D., RD
GPIDEA program director