Program Options for Becoming a Nutritionist or Registered Dietitian
Whether you intend to pursue licensure as a registered dietitian or prefer to work in another aspect of the nutrition field such as the nonprofit sector, research setting, or a program supporting local and sustainable food, Meredith’s Master of Science in Nutrition program has multiple tracks that will prepare you to succeed professionally.
TheMS-Didactic Program in Dietetics Trackis designed forstudents holding an undergraduate degree in a science-related field who have a dream ofbecoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). The track is also suitable forundergraduate students with a major in food & nutrition looking to obtain a DPDVerification Statement. The MS-DPD track is available to those students with a non-scienceundergraduate degree if they take the necessary coursework prior to applying to the program.
Upon successful completion of the MS-DPD track, students will earn a master’s degree along with the Verification Statement to apply to a DI at an ACEND-accredited institution.
If you received a DPD verification statement with your undergraduate nutrition degree andseek a master’s degree prior to applying to a DI to be more competitive for the match, you should apply to theAccelerated Community Track.
Are you a Registered Dietitian and want an advanced degree in Nutrition?
Thiscurriculum is designed for the non-traditional student with a passion for nutrition andready for a career change. It is also suitable for Registered Dietitians in need of anadvanced degree. The Accelerated Community Track offers comprehensive curricula witheducation focused on personal nutrition, community nutrition, food security, sustainablefood systems, contemporary research, food systems management, and more. Explore the MS in Nutrition: Accelerated Community Track.
Do you want to apply for a Dietetic Internship (DI)?
Meredith College’s ACEND-accreditedDietetic Internship program enables post-baccalaureate women and men to build on anundergraduate education by providing the knowledge and supervised practice experienceneeded to enter this fast-growing profession. This internship prepares students for the Registered Dietitian (RD)exam and provides 6 credits to jumpstart Meredith’s MS in Nutrition: MS-Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Track. Note that the Meredith DI requires applicants to hold a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) VerificationStatement from an ACEND-accredited institution prior to applying. Explore the Dietetic Internship Track.
Meredith’s dietetic intern program has a 94% pass rate on CDR Credentialing Exam for dietitian nutritionists on the traditional and site preceptor pathways.
of MS graduates matched to a Dietetic Internship over the past 6 years
Available for all prospective students
Graduate nutrition programs are open to all
Why Study Nutrition at Meredith?
You want a program that provides great value and helps you advance your career. Meredith’s program offers
100% Match Rate – Strong student support, exceptional faculty and staff, and well-established community connections are just a few reasons our match rate has been 100% for 6 years straight.
Flexibility – Flexible program options allow you to find the pace that works best for you. Earn your degree in a more compressed timeframe or take fewer classes per semester for better work/life balance.
Competitive Pricing – We offer an unparalleled value with competitive pricing and individualized advising and teaching.
Accreditation – Our dietetics concentration and Dietetic Internship programs are accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Investing in Our Shared Future
We know the impact that good nutrition has on individuals and communities. That’s why we offer a variety of options – to both enrich your experience, and make it financially possible to pursue your goals as a nutrition professional.
Learn more about Graduate Nutrition at Meredith College
Why earn your M.S. in nutrition at Meredith? We offer community partnerships with top organizations, a 100% match rate to dietetic internships, graduate assistantships, full- and part-time options, and much more.
Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition jobs are expected to grow 11% over the next eight years. At Meredith, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to thrive in this growing field while supporting health and wellness in your community.
A growing and aging population will boost the demand for meals and nutritional counseling in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home health care agencies.
Employment also is expected to grow rapidly in contract providers of food services, in outpatient care centers, and in offices of physicians and other health practitioners.
Those who are interested in nutrition but do not want to become registered dietitians can pursue exciting career paths such as nutrition education with community food and nutrition programs, food security, non-profit work, the food system including local, organic, and sustainability, food marketing and communication, and food policy and advocacy.
Danae Gross, ’22, is a registered and licensed dietitian earning her master’s in nutrition at Meredith. She will continue pursuing her goal of one day becoming a professor through UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ph.D. program in nutrition with a minor in epidemiology.
Meredith College dietetic interns presented during Malnutrition Awareness Week, which took place September 18-22. This is an annual, multi-organizational campaign created by ASPEN (American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) to raise awareness about malnutrition.