Program Description

The M.S. degree for graduates of didactic programs in dietetics (DPD) is specifically designed for those who choose not to pursue a standard dietetic internship but who wish to complete a coordinated master's degree and supervised practice experience in order to establish eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians and become a registered dietitian. This curriculum builds upon didactic course work in nutrition and dietetics and culminates with an M.S. degree and a verification statement covering both didactic and supervised practice requirements.

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Program Length

2 years (8 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

There are currently no published application deadlines.

Admissions Requirements

  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Complete program prerequisites
  • Have a 3.0 G.P.A. or above, in both science and non-science prerequisite courses
  • Complete an online application
  • Provide recommendations
  • Complete an interview
  • GRA (Graduate Record Exam)
  • Have a Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD program


  • College Algebra (or higher, i.e., Pre-Calculus, Calculus)
  • Anatomy and Physiology with Laboratory (complete sequence)
  • General Chemistry with laboratory (complete sequence)
  • Microbiology with laboratory

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
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Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2022-2023

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $28,527 $28,527 $4,626
Fees $2,850 $3,800 $950
Books & Supplies $4,450 $2,550
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $35,827 $34,877 $5,576


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 2022-2023, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 9 12 3
Room & Board $14,985 $19,980 $4,995
Transportation $2,880 $3,840 $960
Personal Expenses $2,250 $3,000 $750


  • 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.