Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Dietetics M.S.

Program Overview

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Site: Extended Campus/Distance
Mode: Online
Start term: Fall

Location: Gunter 2590

Telephone: 970.351.2755

Fax: 970.351.1489

Website: www.unco.edu/nhs/nutrition-dietetics/

The Master of Science in Dietetics is a two-year, online program. The curriculum of 35 credits supports the development of skills related to being a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Through their coursework, students will develop critical thinking and leadership skills that will support their future work and development as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. This program assumes an undergraduate background in Nutrition and Dietetics and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist status.

Areas emphasized include: nutrient metabolism, nutrition assessment, nutrition counseling methods, nutrition communication, public health nutrition and research methods. Career opportunities include registered dietitian nutritionist positions in hospitals, clinics, public health departments, government agencies, research settings, industry and schools.

The Master of Science in Dietetics requires a capstone course which provides students the opportunity to complete an in-depth study of an area of evidence-based research/practice, write a comprehensive paper and present the project results. The required comprehensive examination for the Master of Science in Dietetics will be satisfied by successful completion of the capstone project. 


General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

  1. Commission on Dietetic Registration, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist active card
  2. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  3. Personal statement (discuss experiences that have helped prepare for career, short-term and long-term goals, strengths and weaknesses, experience in online education and potential as a graduate student)
  4. Letters of recommendations from three individuals familiar with applicant's academic/employment performance

Degree Requirements — 35 Credits

Required Major Credits - 26 hours

FND 530Nutrition Assessment and Intervention Methods


FND 551Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism - Macronutrients


FND 553Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism - Micronutrients


FND 570Nutrition Counseling Methods


FND 610Nutrition Communication


FND 620Current Topics in Nutrition and Dietetics


FND 652Public Health Nutrition


FND 686Dietetics Capstone


Select one of the following courses:

RCS 610Interpretation and Evaluation of Behavioral Research


SRM 600Introduction to Graduate Research


Elective Credits - 6 hours

FND 625Advanced Maternal and Child Nutrition


FND 655Sports Nutrition


Alternate electives may be selected with advisor approval prior to registration for the course.

Program Notes

The Master of Science in Dietetics is available for applicants who are currently an active Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Commission of Dietetic Registration. This program is offered according to a cohort model in which all students take the courses in the same sequence. The required comprehensive examination will be satisfied by successful completion of the capstone project in FND 686

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