Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition
Rutgers University

Program Details

The online Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition program emphasizes interprofessional collaboration and evidence-based practice in nutrition and dietetics, providing students with expert-level knowledge and skills, critical thinking proficiency, and aptitude in scientific inquiry to foster the development of innovative, autonomous, advanced dietetics practitioners and researchers.  The curriculum prepares students to be able to design, conduct, and analyze clinical outcomes research in diverse settings; to publish scientifically sound research and other peer reviewed papers; and develops experts in evidence-based nutrition practice using clinical reasoning and scientific inquiry.  Graduates are prepared for expanded roles in health promotion, disease prevention, and intervention for a multi-cultural society.


  • Prospective students must be Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). International applicants must hold an equivalent credential that meets US standards by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (
  • A master's degree, preferably in nutrition or a health related field (with a minimum GPA of 3.4)
  • Must have at least three years of professional experience as a clinical RDN
  • Official transcripts 
  • Resume or CV
  • A letter of intent 
  • One letter of recommendation 
  • Applicants that meet the admission criteria will be scheduled for an interview with select faculty from the Rutgers-SHP GPCN
  • MSCN students are required to travel to the Newark, New Jersey campus approximately twice during the program

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education