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Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition

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Distance Learning M.S. Program

Distance Learning M.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition through the Great Plains IDEA

The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) is a consortium of 8 universities and provides an online 36-credit hour Master of Science in dietetics and nutrition degree. Admission is limited to persons holding the registered dietitian (R.D.) or registry-eligible credential for the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Great Plains IDEA Alliance acknowledges reciprocity from other countries, as outlined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Reciprocity: Individuals who have completed the education and credentialing requirements in one country may be eligible for another country's credentialing examination if the 2 countries have entered into an agreement to allow this process. For a list of those countries holding reciprocity, go to

Students enroll for the program and for all courses through their designated home institution (KU Medical Center), but the actual courses are taught online from any of the participating universities and their faculty members.


The program starts fall, spring, and summer semesters. The application procedures and required documentation are identical to the on-campus M.S. program, plus the additional documentation to verify RD credential or eligibility.

Admission Requirements

  1. RD Credential. Students must be credentialed as registered dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and submit a copy of current CDR registration card as documentation. Without an RD credential, students must be registration-eligible, having completed both an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics and an accredited dietetic internship or a Coordinated Program in Dietetics (which encompasses both the academic degree and the supervised practice). Required documentation would be a signed verification statement from the director of the supervised practice program.
  2. Graduate Record Examination Score. An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required. For GRE information, call 609-771-7670 or visit the GRE website.
  3. Grade-Point Average. A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for college course work is required for admission. A student with a GPA below this requirement may be considered for provisional admission.
  4. Letters of recommendation, transcripts and other requirements also apply. Please visit the program's website for details.


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Degree Plan

Required Courses (36 credit hours)

DIET 801 Current Issues or Trends 3
DIET 834 Methods of Research in Nutrition
DIET 833 Principles of Statistics 3
DIET 886 Advanced Nutrition: Nutrigenomics, Nutrigenetics, and Advanced Lipid Metabolism in Human Nutrition

DIET 896 Micronutrients in Human Nutrition 3
Research requirement  
DIET 819 Grant and Scientific Writing for the Professional
DIET 899 Thesis (3) or DIET 854 Nonthesis Research (3)
Electives 15
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Great Plains IDEA Tuition

ommon Price Tuition

The Great Plains IDEA board of directors evaluates and sets the common price per credit hour each year. All universities charge the same amount per credit hour. This tuition may differ from that of on-campus students at KU Medical Center. The price per credit hour is the same for in-state or out-of-state students. Visit the Great Plains IDEA website for current tuition pricing.

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