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Master of Science in Dietetics (Great Plains IDEA)

Program Details

The dietetics master's degree program is for registered dietitians or individuals who are registration-eligible.

Students in this program will learn:

  • Cutting-edge information in food, nutrition, food service management and wellness to enhance dietetics practice
  • New research concepts and theories to advance the profession of dietetics
  • Public policy and current systems of health care delivery with particular reference to the role of the dietitian
  • How to advance the profession of dietetics by contributing to evidence-based practice

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

The online Dietetics program is offered through:

  • Colorado State University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Kansas State University
  • North Dakota State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln


  • Must hold the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Or hold credentials offered by the following foreign regulatory boards:
    • Dietitians of Canada (DC)
    • Dutch Association of Dietitians/Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture (NVD)
    • Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
    • Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI)
    • Health Professions Council (HCPC) United Kingdom
  • CDR registration card or other official documentation
  • Official transcripts for all college coursework
  • Accredited bachelor’s degree with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (or alternately, a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework in the undergraduate degree)
  • Three completed recommendation forms
  • Personal statement

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association)