M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program (Online)

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Upcoming Information Sessions

Virtual Information Sessions

Wednesday September 20th at 12PM EST

Monday October 23rd at 4PM EST

Thursday January 25th at 4PM EST

Wednesday March 20th at 4PM EST

Monday April 15th at 12PM EST

In-Person Information Sessions

Thursday November 16th at 12PM EST

A chance to learn more about the program, what we look for, our application process, and an opportunity to speak with program faculty to have your questions answered.

Please email us if you are unable to attend and would like more information.

About the Program

SUNY Oneonta's M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program is a one-year (three-semester), full-time, intensive program that begins in May/June and ends the following May. This is a 36-credit non-thesis masters program that includes 1,180 supervised experiential learning hours and a culminating community health intervention project that can be completed in a variety of settings.

Because this program is online, graduate students remain in their own communities while completing online graduate courses and supervised experiential learning experiences. Applicants locate their own Registered Dietitian (RD) preceptors and supervised experiential learning facilities, where they spend 32-40 hours each week applying their knowledge and developing entry-level skills. Students typically spend another 12-15 hours each week completing online readings, assignments, projects, and discussing issues with faculty and other interns.

Upon successful completion of this program graduate students will be awarded a M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and are eligible to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians. 

Applicants interested in applying should reach out to us via email for assistance and information as they prepare their application. Our program does not participate in DICAS or D& D Digital. Please review the application checklist portion of the website. All applicants are required to upload all materials on the application checklist at the time they apply.

To qualify as an applicant you must have a current verification statement or intent to complete form OR have completed a list of pre-requisite requirements (which can be found under the "How to Apply" tab on the left side of the screen), have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and have taken coursework within the last five years. The GRE exam is not required.

The program begins in late May, with a virtual orientation. Students must identify experienced Registered Dietitians with at least one year of experience) willing to fulfill the role of preceptors and the sites needed to meet the required hours of supervised experiential learning within the program.

The M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program follows the Academic Calendar.

Requirements and Process to Become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN): 

Credentialing is the formal recognition of professional or technical competence by certification or licensure. For dietitians, the national professional credential is the RD/RDN - Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

RD/RDNs are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria:

  • Completed an educational and supervised experiential learning program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). The SUNY Oneonta MS-Nutrition & Dietetics program is accredited under the Graduate Degree (Future Education Model) Accreditation Standards. These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.
  • Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Additionally, dietitians are required to complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration. Graduates of the SUNY Oneonta MS-Nutrition & Dietetics program will be eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam to become a RD/RDN.
  • The majority of states have enacted laws which regulate the practice of dietetics and in many states it is a violation of state law to practice dietetics without a license. All U.S. states and territories with licensure and certification laws accept the RDN credential for state licensure and certification purposes. For the State of New York, passing the CDR Registration Exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and successful submission of a licensing application and fee will result in certification (CDN) in the State of New York. Program graduates should check licensing laws in the state in which they intend to practice by visiting the CDR website for state by state information.


  • 94% one-year pass rate on the RD exam
  • 100% retention rate
  • 100% job placement rate 

How to Apply

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