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

Program Overview

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

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Applicants not having a relevant bachelor's degree are welcome to apply, but should take prerequisite courses related to their desired area of study before applying.

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A license/certificate required

    Registered Dietitians (RD) credential or be eligible to take the registration examination

  4. Taken the GRE

  5. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  6. A written personal statement

  7. 3 letters of recommendation

  8. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  9. Resume or vita

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  2. Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  3. Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  4. Apply and be admitted to the department

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
Current Trends in Dietetics3
EDPS 859Statistical Methods3
Computation and interpretation of measures of central position, variability and correlation; introduction to sampling, probability, and tests of significance.
SOC 3510Research Methods3
A basic introduction to the principles, methods and techniques of empirical social research. Or SOC 2510

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
MGT 400Entrepreneurship3
This course explores the phenomena of entrepreneurship, including the myths, realities and impact of entrepreneurial activity. Students assess their own entrepreneurial aptitude and interests, meet a variety of entrepreneurs and investigate the processes of generating promising ideas, evaluating the viability of those ideas, finding capital, considering franchise opportunities and developing a new venture management team. The class is project-oriented with each student participating in the development of a feasibility plan for a new venture.
Foundations of Leadership0
Micronutrients in Human Nutrition0
International Nutrition and World Hunger0
Accounting Concepts & Analysis0
Maternal and Child Nutrition0
Advanced Nutrition: Nutrigenomics, Nutrigenetics & Advanced Lipid Metabolism in Human Nutrition0
Nutrition and Physical Activity in Aging0
Marketing Concepts and Research0
Grant Writing for the Professional0
Thesis/Comprehensive Paper or Project6
You may select to complete a thesis under the direction of your major professor and committee OR you may take six additional credit hours from program electives. All students will complete an oral exam. Your thesis problem is preferably a topic related to your dietetics practice, results of which may add to the body of knowledge and support evidence-based dietetics practice.
Obesity Across the Lifespan0

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

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.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterMar 15
  • Spring SemesterOct 15