The Master of Science in nutritional science (dietetics) program is designed for registered dietitians seeking an advanced dietetics degree. This curriculum emphasizes the scientific foundations of nutrition and reinforces abilities such as project management, interpreting research and critical inquiry.

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What is a masters in dietetics?

The master’s in dietetics is designed for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to advance their careers in any field of health. The dietetics degree combines dietetics research skills and strategies with statistics so you can better conduct advanced nutrition research or lead nutrition decisions within your field of health. Customize your master’s in dietetics degree by selecting from multiple electives including evidence-based nutrition, sports nutrition or pediatric nutrition, as well as nutrition policies, and obesity prevention. This degree is focused on practical application in dietetics and health care settings and there is no thesis component.

The ASU Online Master of Science in nutritional science (dietetics) program is designed for RDNs with at least one year of experience in the field. It provides an opportunity to pursue advanced education and develop professional competencies in dietetics, leading to a variety of positive outcomes for individuals and communities.

While students are required to have one year of professional experience as a registered dietitian to qualify for admission to this master’s in dietetics program, you do not need to be employed when applying or while earning your degree. Additionally, the program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

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The College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University is focused on enabling learners to provide large-scale, system-altering solutions within their field. Accolades and accomplishments associated with this unique learning environment include:

  • In the fall 2019, the College of Health Solutions had 6,758 students, 289 Barrett Honors scholars, 163 faculty members and $14.5 million in research expenditures.
  • Ongoing partnerships with the medical community offer students access to professional resources and networking opportunities with Mayo Clinic, Banner Health, HonorHealth, Dignity Health and more.


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The instructors of the College of Health Solutions are experienced, focused on research and dedicated to their profession. With distinguished professors leading courses throughout the program, students in this dietetics major can expect a challenging and supportive learning environment. Faculty highlights include:

  • Discovering the impact of the environment and policy on food security and community health.
  • Exploring mechanisms involved in the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Harnessing big data to improve patient outcomes.
  • Using advanced technology to monitor and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Using state-of-the-art cognitive, behavioral and neuroscience techniques to study the components of human communication.

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What can I do with a dietetics degree?

While this master’s in dietetics program has a specific group of professionals as its potential student base, graduates are able to explore different opportunities in the field. Possible career outcomes include:

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  1. Dietitians and nutritionists: While this broad career path includes all qualified applicants, a master’s in dietetics can lead to more senior positions and opportunities to earn higher salaries. It also allows dietitians to potentially be more effective in providing quality care, engaging in research and other endeavors.
  2. Postsecondary health specialty teacher: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this educational career path has a $97,870 median salary and stronger than average projected growth. Graduates who choose this option can work toward educating future generations of dietitians and influencing quality patient care.

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Apply to the master of dietetics program

The Master of Science in nutritional science (dietetics) program has clearly defined educational and professional standards. Requirements include:

  • Degree and Credentials: Applicants are required to have adequate academic preparation which includes a minimum of a BS or BA degree, current RD credential, and one year of full-time work experience as an RD.
  • GPA: A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") or better is required in the last two years of work leading to a bachelor's degree.
  • Licensure: To verify professional standing, applicants must submit proof of Registered Dietitian status by accessing the Commission on Dietetic Registration's website using the Online Credential Verification Search.
  • Examinations: Because passing the RD exam and gaining work experience in the field of dietetics are required for successful admission to the MS in human nutritional science, dietetics concentration, the Nutrition Program Graduate Committee does not require applicants to take or submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In lieu of GRE scores, a telephone interview may be conducted.
  • Interview: A personal or phone interview may be required.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from an employer or work supervisor.
  • Written Statement: A one- to two-page, typed, double-spaced, personal statement addressing the following: significant professional responsibilities the applicant has held; professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in this program; strengths that will help the applicant succeed in this program and in reaching their professional goals; and personal interests in research, including, if applicable, studies involving the practice of dietetics.

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