Nutrition & Health Sciences: Specialization in Dietetics
M.S. Degree: Masters Program Type: Online Interest: Nutrition & Health Sciences

Dietetics is one of the most dynamic and versatile of the health-related professions. Food and nutrition are at the heart of dietetics practice. Registered dietitians work in a myriad of ways to meet the food and nutrition needs of individuals, organizations and society as a whole.

This degree prepares registered dietitians—or those eligible to take the registration examination as defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics—to practice dietetics at an advanced level.

Upon successful completion you will be able to:

  • Apply cutting-edge information in food, nutrition, food service management, and wellness to enhance dietetics practice.
  • Think independently and critically to evaluate and apply new research concepts and theories to advance the profession of dietetics.
  • Understand public policy and current systems of health care delivery with particular reference to the role of the dietitian.
  • Advance the profession of dietetics by contributing to evidence-based practice.

Who Should Consider This Degree
Registered dietitians who work or are seeking work in:

  • Community Nutrition and Health
  • Food service industry
  • Hospitals and Health Care
  • Private practice
  • Business and industry as lifestyle and wellness consultant
  • Many other settings

Tuition & Fees For Nutrition and Health Science

Great Plains IDEA Program »

This program is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of 11 universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength to the multi-institution academic programs.

  • You apply, and are admitted at one university. In this case the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • enroll in your courses at UNL and other Great Plains IDEA member institutions; and,
  • graduate from UNL.

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Graduate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

The Great Plains IDEA online master’s degree in Dietetics requires 36 credit hours of coursework.

  • Core Courses (9 hours)
  • Electives (21 hours)
  • 6-credit hour thesis/comprehensive paper or project, as required by the student's home institution (6 hours).
    • You may select to complete a thesis under the direction of your major professor and committee
    • OR, you may take 6 additional credit hours from program electives
  • All students will complete a final comprehensive oral examination

More detailed information on course scheduling and descriptions are available on the Great Plains IDEA website.

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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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