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Master of Science in Nutrition / MS-Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Track

MS-Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Track

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The Master of Science Degree in Nutrition is a 33-37 semester hour program. The curriculum contains 18 hours of coursework providing the foundation of the science and application of nutrition which includes the research process, study of the essential nutrients and their role in human biology and well-being, nutrition in the lifecycle, education, and the food system. Students can select between the Dietetics and the Food and Nutrition Studies tracks.

The MS-Didactic Program in Dietetics track is an ACEND accredited program designed for individuals with a career goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, Registered (NDTR).  If a student successfully matches to an ACEND accredited dietetic internship post-graduation, they will complete a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice to become eligible to take the CDR credentialing exam for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN). 

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).  For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited MS-DPD program at Meredith College are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

The Meredith College Didactic Program in Dietetics is fully accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) which is located at 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, 1-800-877-1600, ext 5400.

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Maximum enrollment for the dietetics track at Meredith College is 66 students.

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Tracy Smith
Interim Director, Master of Science in Nutrition & Graduate Nutrition Program Manager and Admissions Counselor
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(919) 760-8735