Nutrition and Dietetics (Prior bachelor's degree in a non-nutrition major), MS

Program Description

This MS program is designed for those with a bachelor's degree in a non-nutrition related field.  The curriculum is comprised of didactic training and supervised practice experience in order to establish eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians and become a Registered Dietitian (RD).  The program culminates with a MS degree and a Verification Statement covering both didactic and supervised practice requirements.

Program Length

3 years (11 quarters)

Possible Careers

The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease (administering medical nutrition therapy, often part of medical teams) in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDs work in community and public health settings and academia, and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs. Reference – AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2020 Dec 1, 2019 Mar 31, 2020

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program is based upon a selective process.  To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must:



Discipline Accrediting Agency

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1920, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext 5400.  Website:, Fax (312) 899-4817, Email

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $29,952 $34,776 $24,948
Fees $2,640 $3,520 $3,520
Books & Supplies $3,750 $1,750 $1,750
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $36,342 $40,046 $30,218


Expected costs for the academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

The cost of attendance varies from year to year.  Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year , off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 9 12 12
Room & Board $11,655 $15,540 $15,540
Transportation $2,880 $3,840 $3,840
Personal Expenses $2,070 $2,760 $2,760


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.