M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics Program Options (online)

Ranked No. 21 on OnlineU.org's 2020 list of "Most Affordable Master's in Nutrition Online"
Ranked No. 21 on OnlineU.org's 2020 list of "Most Affordable Master's in Nutrition Online"
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Noel Woodruff, Dietetics graduate student
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Students at Bassett Medical Center

Are you interested in becoming an RD/RDN?

Students who successfully complete our online M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program will earn a master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and be eligible to take the CDR RDN credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Note to prospective students:  As of 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration has changed the requirement from a bachelor's degree to a master's degree in order to be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists.

This is a full-time, three-semester, non-thesis Future Education Model Graduate Program that integrates supervised experiential learning with graduate coursework.

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Start of Term

START TERM
Summer

Delivery Method

DELIVERY
Online

Application Deadline

APPLY DEADLINE
February 15 (preferred)

Number of Credits 32

TOTAL CREDITS
36

Are you an RD/RDN interested in earning a master's degree?

Our online M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics program offers Registered Dietitians/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD/RDN) an affordable, high-quality "seamless approach" to becoming a master's-prepared RD/RDN.

This 36-credit, project-based M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program is designed specifically for RDs/RDNs. You will receive 12 hours of prior learning credit for successful completion of an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship and passing the national registration examination for dietitians. You will then be able to complete the remaining eight courses (24 credits) online in one year or part-time (two to six years).

We are looking for highly motivated, self-directed RDs/RDNs who are interested in earning a master’s degree and can thrive in our online environment. Criteria include:

  • minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • demonstrated evidence of ability to take responsibility for one's own learning in an online program

The GRE exam is not required.

Application deadline: May 1

All students applying for admission to the M.S.–Nutrition and Dietetics Program (RD/RDN) are required to:

  • Submit a completed graduate application with a non-refundable $50 fee (waived for SUNY Oneonta alumni);
  • Provide evidence of completion of a bachelor’s degree by submitting all official undergraduate transcripts;
  • Provide a copy of RD/RDN registration card or CDR registration certificate;
  • Provide two letters of recommendation; and
  • Include a letter of application that addresses the following: 1) reason(s) for applying, 2) evidence of your personal and professional growth and achievement, 3) evidence of having developed the ability to assume considerable responsibility for your own learning, 4) career objectives, 5) previous experience with distance learning and/or independent learning, and 6) an analysis of your strengths and weaknesses that are relevant to completing this online M.S. – Nutrition and Dietetics Program.

NOTE: Recent changes in state authorization legislation have established significant application and fee requirements for colleges providing online courses or programs. At this time, SUNY Oneonta is not able to accept applicants residing in California.

Accepted graduate students are required to complete 9 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours of electives and a 6-credit-hour Service Learning Project.

RD/RDN's who meet admission requirements and are accepted into the M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program will be awarded 12 credit hours of prior learning. Accepted graduate students would then be required to complete the remaining 24 credit hours of coursework, either part-time or full-time.

Part-Time Course Schedule:

SAMPLE SCHEDULE A (complete program part-time in two years)

Year 1 (Begins summer)

  • Summer semester (3 credits): NUTR 5200- Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment
  • Fall Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 5500- Advanced Nutrition Therapy, NUTR 5700- Current Issues in Dietetics
  • Spring Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 5900- Population Health

Year 2 (Begins summer)

  • Summer Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 5250- Applied Health Statistics, NUTR 5400- Research Methods
  • Fall Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 6090- Service Learning Project Proposal
  • Spring Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 6099- Serving Learning Project

SAMPLE SCHEDULE B (complete program part-time in three years)

Year 1 (Begins fall)

  • Fall Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 5700- Current Issues in Dietetics
  • Spring Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 5900- Population Health

Year 2 (Begins summer)

  • Summer semester (3 credits): NUTR 5200- Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment
  • Fall Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 5500- Advanced Nutrition Therapy

Year 3 (Begins summer)

  • Summer Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 5300- Applied Health Statistics, NUTR 5400- Research Methods
  • Fall Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 6090- Service Learning Project Proposal
  • Spring Semester (3 credit hours): NUTR 6099- Serving Learning Project

Full-Time Course Schedule (summer - spring)

Year 1 (Begins summer, complete program in 3 semesters or one year)

  • Summer Semester (9 credit hours): NUTR 5300- Applied Health Statistics, NUTR 5400- Research Methods, NUTR 5200- Nutrition Focused Physical Assessment
  • Fall Semester (9 credit hours): NUTR 5500- Advanced Nutrition Therapy, NUTR 5700- Current Issues in Dietetics, NUTR 6090- Service Learning Project Proposal
  • Spring Semester (6 credit hours): NUTR 5900- Population Health, NUTR 6099- Service Learning Project
     

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Start of Term

START TERM
Summer or Fall

Delivery Method

DELIVERY
Online

Application Deadline

APPLY DEADLINE
May 1

Number of Credits 32

TOTAL CREDITS
36

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Graduate Studies at SUNY Oneonta

As a SUNY Oneonta graduate student, you will develop meaningful relationships with outstanding, accessible faculty who are experts in their fields, experienced, caring teachers, and advocates for your success. You will expand your knowledge, hone your skills and become a leader in your field. When you complete your degree program, you will join a network of successful alumni whose experiences at SUNY Oneonta opened new doors, fostered personal and professional growth, and enriched their careers. We’re committed to nurturing a community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully, and you’ll see that mission reflected in your coursework, in your conversations and in your experiences.

The Office of Graduate Admissions is eager to assist you, from the application process to graduation. Email us at gradstudies@oneonta.edu or call us at 607-436-2523 to get started.

Kristin Lee
Alumni
Kristin Lee is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in the Intensive Care Unit at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics at SUNY Oneonta and then completed our one-year (three-semester) online M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program in May 2022.
Caroline Shannon
Alumni
Caroline Shannon completed the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program in May 2022 and landed a job as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at A.O. Fox Hospital and Nursing Home in Oneonta, NY, soon after, in part because of networking and connections developed through the program. She also earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics at SUNY Oneonta.

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