Nutrition & Health Sciences, MS (Dietetics)

Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences with a Specialization In Dietetics

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 36
  • $357.00
  • $750.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Sciences with a Specialization in Dietetics program may be a good fit for students interested in planning, conducting, and managing fitness, health, and wellness programs in a variety of settings. This program option will also prepare students for graduate research programs in the areas of nutrition, exercise, or health sciences.

Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences is appropriate for students who are preparing to enter professional health schools (e.g., pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-occupational therapy, and pre-chiropractic). Students will earn a bachelor’s degree in Education and Health Sciences (B.S.) with the Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science option. With additional required and recommended courses, students may simultaneously meet entrance requirements for professional health programs.

Majoring in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Science may also help students prepare or qualify for nationally-recognized certification examinations, such as the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and/or Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as the Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

UNL Points of Distinction

  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Integrated approach to healthy lifestyles
  • Qualification for Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) Certification Exam from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and/or other nationally recognized certification examination including Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics requirements can be met with additional course work

This Masters in Nutrition and Health Sciences program is tailored for credentialed, practicing dietetics professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge in a specific area of dietetics practice or retool for new career opportunities in dietetics practice. It prepares registered dietitians or those eligible to take the registration examination as defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to practice dietetics at an advanced level. Students develop an appreciation for research, are supported for independent thought, and receive up-to-date knowledge in foods, nutrition, and food service business management. Students learn to integrate and apply the principles from the biomedical sciences, human behavior, and management to design and lead effective food and nutrition programs in a variety of settings.

Upon successful completion of the Dietetics program graduates can:

  • Apply cutting-edge information in food, nutrition, food service management, and wellness to enhance dietetics practice.
  • Think independently and critically to evaluate and apply new research concepts and theories to advance the profession of dietetics.
  • Understand public policy and current systems of health care delivery with particular reference to the role of the dietitian.
  • Advance the profession of dietetics by contributing to evidence-based practice.

Career paths may include:

  • Medicine
  • Physical therapy, physician's assistant and other health professions
  • Research and graduate programs
  • Sports nutrition
  • Exercise physiology
  • Corporate fitness and wellness
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Personal training

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.