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Oklahoma State University

Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences: Dietetics

The Masters of Science in Dietetics program is an online 36 credit hour program open to Registered Dietitians (RD)†, or those who are RD-eligible†, or those who hold a Didactic Program in Dietetics verification statement. The program prepares students to practice at an advanced level by developing their understanding of research, increasing their ability for independent thought and providing up-to-date knowledge in the dietetics field. This program prepares individuals to integrate and apply principles from the biomedical sciences, human behavior, and management to design and lead effective food and nutrition programs in a variety of settings. The MS in Dietetics is a degree tailored for credentialed, practicing dietitians who seek to enhance their knowledge in a specific area of dietetics practice or retool for new career opportunities in dietetics practice. The program is not recommended for those who wish to pursue a PhD however, it may be appropriate for a Nutrition Practice Doctorate.


  • Must hold the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN); OR
  • Must have met both the academic and supervised practice requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration and be ready to sit for the national credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist; OR       
  • Must hold a verification statement in a Didactic Program in Dietetics            

The MS in Dietetics provides the opportunity to complete a master’s degree from a top tier university with courses taught by some of the best Nutritional Sciences Graduate Faculty in the nation. Because it is online, the program also provides flexible schedules to meet your busy lifestyle.

The MS in Dietetics requires completion of 36 credit hours, including 9 core credits*, 6 OSU Nutrition Sciences Core credits**, 18 elective credits and 3 credits of a Graduate Capstone course. The capstone course includes a research paper and presentation as the final requirement for graduate students in NSCI's Master of Science degree, non-thesis option. A faculty advisor and the graduate committee from the Nutritional Sciences department must approve a student’s schedule of courses.






Contact Information

Distance Education Support Services
Karla Sisco

Great Plains IDEA Graduate Programs Coordinator
Shiretta Ownbey, Ph.D. 

Oklahoma State University
101 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-4582