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Dietetics (M.S.)

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The Master’s in Dietetics program through SDState Online will develop your research skills, stimulate independent thought and provide up-to-date knowledge in foods, nutrition and food service/business management. With flexible schedules and plenty of electives, you can design a program that fits your life, career goals and interests.

Tailored for credentialed, practicing professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge in a specific area or retool for new career opportunities, the Master’s in Dietetics program addresses advanced concepts. The online, 36-credit-hour curriculum equips you to integrate and apply dietetics principles in the biomedical sciences, human behavior and program management in order to design and lead effective food and nutrition programs. Whether you choose to pursue a thesis, research paper or written exam, your studies will conclude with an oral defense before a supervisory committee covering everything that you have learned.

Students applying to the program must have a verification statement from an ACEND accredited didactic program in dietetics or a coordinated dietetics program. 

Wherever you liveyou can earn a master’s degree from SDSU.

Let Your Master's Be Your Guide

Serve—There are many contexts in which you can put your graduate degree to use.

  • Industry
  • Hospital
  • Clinic Long-term care facility
  • Government program
  • Private practice
  • Community nutrition education interventions
  • Public health nutrition
  • Nonprofit agency

Specialize—Your advanced knowledge equips you to play a greater role on teams to provide more effective individual and group treatment.

  • Healthcare administration
  • Pediatrics
  • Critical care

Educate—There are multiple levels of teaching available to you with a master’s degree.

  • University
  • Wellness counseling
  • Community or corporate health program

Providing access to the best opportunities.


This program is offered through SDSU's partnership with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Collaborative, multi-institutional online programs expand and diversify your educational opportunities. Courses led by instructors from partner universities and interactions with geographically-dispersed students will broaden your perceptions and knowledge. Learn more >>

"I always knew I wanted to obtain a master’s degree to stay competitive in the field of nutrition. The online program offered a wider variety of courses and allowed me to work full time in a location lacking a university. By working full time in the field while attending graduate school, I was able to directly apply what I learned in my online classes—which helped me retain more knowledge and skills."

WHITNEY JERMAN, Online Student
Master's in Dietetics 

Professional Certification/Licensure

The M.S. in Dietetics does not prepare you to be a registered dietitian or intended for licensure. If you desire information on how to become a registered dietitian, check out our dietetics program.


Elizabeth Droke
College of Education and Human Sciences
Phone: 605-688-5150


Aimee Maher
Phone: 605-688-4154


Phone: 605-688-4154


Phone: 605-688-4181

NOTE: The M.S. in Dietetics does not prepare you to be a registered dietitian. If you desire information on how to become a registered dietitian, check out our dietetics program