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Why study Dietetics online through OSU?

The Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences option in Dietetics is tailored for credentialed, practicing dietitians; individuals who are Registered-Dietitian (RD) eligible; or those who hold a Didactic Program in Dietetics verification statement. This program is ideal for those working in dietetics and seeking new career opportunities. All new dietitians will be required to hold a master’s or doctoral degree to be considered eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) registration exam, beginning on January 1, 2024.


The 36-hour master’s program is offered 100-percent online and can be completed at your desired pace. Courses are semester-based and coursework must be completed to meet assignment deadlines. Typically, students complete the master's program in three years, taking one or two courses a semester.



This program is designed to allow dietitians to customize their degree to specialize in a preferred area of dietetics, including: dietetic entrepreneurship; financial management; chronic disease prevention; nutrition for exercise and sport; research in dietetics; nutrition for aging populations; maternal and infant nutrition; obesity; medical nutrition therapy;  and nutrition in cancer and immunology.


Course information

Becoming an RDN

Department of Nutritional Sciences graduate studies


Student Testimonial

Dietitian in the lab

"As a dietitian, I felt the program was well-tailored to the professional population who already had clinical experience. In my profession, it’s becoming more and more vital to have a master’s degree and I appreciate the fact that I will be able to readily apply this additional knowledge to my practice.”

- Jessica LaForce
MS in Dietetics graduate


Students applying to the program:

  • Must hold the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist; OR
  • Must have met both the academic and supervised requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration and be ready to sit for the national credentialing exam
  • Must hold a verification statement in a Didactic Program in Dietetics


Students may apply in fall, spring or summer. It is recommended that application materials be submitted at least three months prior to the preferred starting term. To apply, submit the following:

  • OSU Graduate College application
  • Professional resume
  • Professional goal statement: Describe your professionals goals and explain how completion of the program will support those goals. 
  • Three professional letters of reference on letterhead
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended

*A GRE test score is not required. 


Graduate Admissions Requirements



Tuition rates for this program are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Students are responsible for textbooks and course materials.

2020-2021 Estimated Cost
Total cost per credit hour $590
Total cost per 3-credit hour course $1,770
Estimated total program cost $21,240



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