The online MS in Nutritional Science (Dietetics) is based on scientific foundations of nutrition and reinforces essential skills in project management, interpretation of research literature, critical inquiry and problem-solving. Offered by the College of Health Solutions, this non-thesis program is available only to registered dietitians with at least one year of experience.

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The online MS in human nutritional science with a dietetics concentration, offered by the ASU College of Health Solutions, is a non-thesis option for registered dietitians seeking to continue their education and advance their skills as practitioners. Designed with working professionals and students' learning preferences in mind, this online program can be completed either full time or part time. The online program is based on the scientific foundations of nutrition and prepares students to have strong writing skills, interpretive expertise and problem-solving skills.

Applicants to the MS in nutritional science, dietetics concentration must have one year of full-time work experience as a registered dietitian; however, applicants will not have to be employed at the time they apply to the program nor will students have to be employed to maintain in good standing with the program.

This program is designed for current Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who are looking to advance their current career as an RDN with continuing education, leadership and management skills.

Developing the health workforce of the future:

The College of Health Solutions school is dedicated to designing focusing on addressing the world’s most pressing issues in health.

  • 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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ASU’s College of Health Solutions has faculty with high-level expertise, in addition to cutting-edge approaches in research:

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

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Related Careers

Graduates with a Master of Science in Nutritional Science with an emphasis on Dietetics have career opportunities illustrated in the following list.

Example Careers

  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Community Health Workers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers
  • Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Healthcare Support Workers

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Where a Master of Science in Nutritional Science (Dietetics) may take you?


  • 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.
  • English Proficiency Requirement: Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.
  • Foreign Language Examination: No
  • Required Admission 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.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from an employer or work supervisor.
  • Resume: A resume that summarizes the applicant's academic, volunteer, and employment experiences.
  • 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.
  • Proof of Registered Dietitian Status: Please submit proof of Registered Dietitian status by accessing the Commission on Dietetic Registration's website using the Online Credential Verification Search. Complete the verification search.
  • Interview: A personal or phone interview may be required.
  • International applicants: Required to submit proof of English proficiency (for students whose native language is not English). After admission, international students are also required to obtain a U.S. visa, which includes submitting a graduate financial guarantee.
  • Photocopies and notarized transcripts are NOT acceptable.

Application Process:

  • You will apply for admission through the online application at Graduate Education.
  • You will be required to pay a $70 nonrefundable application fee (non-U.S. citizen fee is $90).
  • You will receive an emailed acknowledgement letter that will include an ID number and information on how to access your My ASU page.
  • You may check your application status on My ASU. Submit an application by September 1 (for fall semester) or February 1 (for spring semester):

*Admission decisions are made after all of the application materials have been received. Please note: Because ASU receives applications from many highly qualified students, some applicants may be denied admission for reasons not related to their academic performance (e.g., program capacity, mentor availability, program match).

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