Dietetics and Nutrition Master of Science Degree

​​​​​​The dietetics and nutrition graduate degree prepares you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). RDNs engage people of all ages, cultures, health concerns, and socioeconomic levels to address a range of nutritional needs. They are skilled health care professionals who apply the art and science of food and nutrition at individual, institutional, organizational, community, and population levels.


Overview

Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN) engage people of all ages, cultures, health concerns, and socioeconomic levels to address a range of nutritional needs. RDNs are skilled health care professionals who apply the art and science of food and nutrition at individual, institutional, organizational, community, and population levels.

RIT’s Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition

This program, housed in the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, has a dynamic curriculum addressing new connections between technology and health. In addition to meeting all competencies for entry-level practice as an RDN by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)–the accreditation body for programs in nutrition and dietetics–graduates demonstrate research expertise through the completion of a thesis that includes technology as an aspect of nutrition and dietetics practice.  

Program faculty hold doctorates and are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists with professional expertise in a wide range of topics. Following graduation, you will be prepared to practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, universities, research facilities, food and pharmaceutical companies, public health organizations, government agencies, communication and marketing firms, professional sports organizations, commercial food service operations, and corporate well-being units. Completion of the MS degree in dietetics and nutrition meets the course work and supervised experiential learning requirements to sit for the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist examination.  

Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

The following are the steps necessary to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist:

  • Successful completion of the MS in dietetics and nutrition degree requirements.
  • Pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration Credentialing Exam for Dietitians.

In addition to the professional credential of the RDN, a majority of states currently have statutory provisions (licensure/certification) regarding professional regulation of dietitians and/or nutritionists. Information regarding statutes of individual states is provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for more information about educational pathways to become an RDN.

Careers in Nutrition

Changes in the health care landscape are helping to make dietetics and nutrition professionals highly sought after for excellent career opportunities. Now, more than ever, RDN’s practice in a wide range of settings, including: 

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Universities
  • Government Agencies
  • Research Facilities
  • Food and Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Public Health Organizations
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Commercial Food Service Operations
  • Corporate Well-Being Units

Additional Information and Program Policies

Additional information, including estimated annual costs and program policies, is available in the Dietetics and Nutrition Program Guide. Program outcomes data are available upon request by emailing healthandnutrition@rit.edu.

Learn more about the program's mission, goals, and objectives.

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Careers and Experiential Learning

Salary and Career Information for Dietetics and Nutrition MS

Supervised Experiential Learning

Students complete three Supervised Experiential Learning (SEL) courses providing practical, hands-on learning in culinary and food service operations, community, and clinical settings. SEL course activities are integrated with concurrent classroom-based courses to translate knowledge into practice, preparing graduates to pass the RDN credentialling exam and start careers in dietetics and nutrition.

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Curriculum for Dietetics and Nutrition MS

Dietetics and Nutrition, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
NUTR-625
Medical Nutrition Therapy I
This course is the first of a two-course series concerned with the review and application of biological metabolism and the interrelationships of nutrients, hormones, enzymes, and other biochemical substances in humans. Modification of nutritional intake to meet nutritional needs altered by diseases and stress as well as the use of alternate methods of feeding (enteral/parenteral) to meet nutritional needs is discussed in depth. This course emphasizes the practical applications of medical nutritional therapy for use with patients/clients. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
NUTR-626
Medical Nutrition Therapy II
This course is the second of a two-course series concerned with the review and application of biological metabolism and the interrelationships of nutrients, hormones, enzymes, and other biochemical substances in humans. Modification of nutritional intake to meet nutritional needs altered by diseases and stress as well as the use of alternate methods of feeding (enteral/parenteral) to meet nutritional needs is discussed in depth. This course emphasizes the practical applications of medical nutritional therapy for use with patients/clients. (Prerequisite: NUTR-625 or equivalent course.NUTR-625 Prereq) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
NUTR-655
Nutrition Throughout the Lifecycle
3
WSHN-624
Advanced Nutrition Science
3
WSHN-700
Research Methods in Health and Well-being
Research Methods in Health and Well-being addresses requisite foundational skills to conduct rigorous, robust, and ethical research into problems related to health, nutrition and well-being. Evidence-based and translational research issues are presented in tandem with design of research studies, measurement approaches, funding opportunities, and research management considerations. Lecture 3 (Fall).
3
WSHN-710
Population Health, Risk Identification & Management
This course will explore health risk assessment and management, including determinants of population health; using epidemiological, clinical, and toxicological methods for identifying health hazards. Population health surveillance combined with methods of population health risk assessment will be considered regarding regulatory, economic, and technological approaches to population health risk management. Application of principles will be practiced through the examination of case studies. (Prerequisites: WSHN-700 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
WSHN-715
Culinary and Food Systems Management
3
WSHN-770
Community and Public Health Nutrition Supervised Experiential Learning
3
WSHN-775
Culinary and Food Systems Management Supervised Experiential Learning
3
 
Program Elective
3
Second Year
HLTH-746
Leading Health Systems II
This is the second of three courses in the MHSA program that require students to be on campus. These “immersion” courses will be scheduled over a long weekend and will entail full days on campuses well as pre- and post-course work completed online. The concept is to immerse students in a series of experiences to support their development as high function managers and leaders within the health care industry. This course builds on the first Leading Health Care Systems course and provides a in-depth examination of advanced management and leadership knowledge, skills and values required of contemporary leaders within health care systems. (Prerequisites: HLTH-706 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Summer).
3
WSHN-702
Dissemination and Implementation Science for Health and Well-being
Dissemination and Implementation Science for Health and Well-being applies constructs practices, and values of dissemination and implementation sciences to health and well-being education activities. Strategies to foster translation of evidence-based practices to standard practice in public and private programs are applied in an experiential learning format. (Prerequisites: WSHN-700 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
3
WSHN-730
Nutritional Assessment and Counseling
3
WSHN-780
Clinical Nutrition Supervised Experiential Learning
6
WSHN-790
Health & Well-being Management Thesis
Application of writing and research skills and principles in an independent investigation of a focused problem under direction of thesis adviser. Components include review of literature, definition of research aims, data collection and analysis, interpretation and discussion of findings, preparation of written paper following specified guidelines and standards, and oral defense of thesis. Enrollment for 6 credits in one semester or as necessary over multiple semesters for a total of 6 credits. (Prerequisites: WSHN-702 or equivalent course.) Thesis (Fall, Spring, Summer).
6
 
Statistics Elective*
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
54

* Statistics Elective can be fulfilled by either STAT-614, MATH-655, or PSYC-640.

Program Electives

BUSI-740
Project Management
EXSC-650
Exercise Physiology
Exercise Physiology is the scientific basis for the field of Exercise Science. This course provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the body’s responses and adaptations to exercise. Neuromuscular physiology is reviewed along with energy systems and mechanisms of fatigue. The cardiorespiratory system is examined with a focus on control and regulation during activity and there is a look at the physiological components of exercise training. Environmental factors that impact sport activities as well as training techniques which optimize performance will be reviewed. The differences in performance and adaptation that exist between children, adolescents, and adults as well as between males and females will be compared and contrasted. Exercise’s influence on long term health and fitness will conclude the course. Laboratory experiences will allow students to integrate and apply the concepts of exercise physiology through investigative experiments. Lab 3 (Fall).
EXSC-690
Exercise Science Research
This course will build on the knowledge of statistics and epidemiology and provide the student with an introduction to research methodology and design. The course will enable the exercise science student to read and interpret relevant literature and evaluate the findings. The course will introduce different research methods and outcomes assessments and will require the exercise science student to create a formal research project. Projects may be in the form of: exercise science curriculum development, activity-related community service project, in-depth case review, meta-analysis of specific exercise application to a disease or syndrome, or original research. Lecture 3 (Spring).
HLTH-608
Integrated Health Systems & Population Health
This course discusses the delivery system of health care in the US. Specifically, the course will review the current status of American health care including research into population demographics and health and the concept of wellness and prevention. Following this a review of international health care models will occur to consider best practice as alternative care models for consideration for the US. In addition, the students will develop, for their area of interest and expertise, a strategy for incremental or radical innovation in how we provide health care to our constituents. Lecture 3 (Fall).
HLTH-612
Cultural Competency in Global Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are two of many health organizations that have emphasized the importance of cultural competence in health care. As our society becomes more global, sensitivity to and respect for various cultural norms is an integral component of health care delivery. This course defines cultural competency both in theory and in practice. Select topics to be addressed include: Introduction to cultural competency; diversity, equity and inclusion; how cultural competency impacts health practice; health disparity; language and communication; culture and health literacy; cultural competency; strategies for cultural competency assessment; practicing cultural competency, etc. (Prerequisites: HLTH-608 and HLTH-610 or equivalent courses.) Lecture 3 (Spring).
HLTH-706
Leading Health Systems I
This is the first of three courses in the HSA, MS program that require students to be on campus. These “immersion” courses will be scheduled over a long weekend and will entail full days on campus as well as pre- and post-course work completed online. The concept is to immerse students in a series of experiences to support their development as high function managers and leaders within the health care industry. This course provides a detailed examination of the core principles of management as well as characteristics and disciplines that are required by persons holding management and leadership roles in health care delivery organizations. Lecture 3 (Summer).
HLTH-725
Healthcare Strategic Marketing & Communication
This course is designed to build innovative, customer-centered, thinking within the future leaders of the health care industry. This is accomplished with an introduction to the role of strategic decision making through the core principles of marketing (the 4’Ps). Students will also experience basic data base management, conducting an internal and external environmental analysis, primary and secondary data gathering and interpretation and the creation of a marketing plan to meet an unsatisfied market need or build volume for a health care product or service. Finally, the role of corporate communication will be interwoven throughout the course as it supports marketing success. Lecture 3 (Summer).
HLTH-730
Health Care Financial Management I: Principles & Practice
This course provides a basic understanding of health services financial management. We begin with elementary accounting concepts and then focus on financial statement preparation and analysis. Special topics areas include discounted cash flow, risk, capital investments evaluation, debt/equity financing, and financial decision making models such as break-even analysis, cash flow forecasting and the like. Lecture 3 (Fall).
HLTH-733
Health Systems Quality & Organizational Learning
This course will incorporate an examination of contemporary organizational systems thinking focusing on concepts relevant to health service organizations and their communities; emphasizing organizational quality, leadership, environment, strategy, structure, and processes. The course provides students with the evaluation of key factors affecting an organization’s system as well as their community, through quality and analytical thinking; allowing the student to apply theories that suggest an effective organizational response to such influences and change. Lecture 3 .
HRDE-726
Technology and the Future of Work
The rapid pace of progress in technology and the change in demographics of the workforce are anticipated to affect what work will look like in the future, in addition to the structure and nature of work itself. Some of these changes might be incremental and others more radical and disruptive affecting the conduct of business. The pace, nature, and magnitude of these changes demand that businesses, organizations, educators, policy makers, leaders, managers, and individual employees reimagine models of employment including the organization and functioning of the workforce. This course is intended to provide students with a global perspective of the future of work and employment, and insights into the implications on their designated professions and careers. Among others, this course will address the following questions: What are the skills and competencies required of the workforce for this new future of work? What skills, competencies, and job roles may become redundant? How should corporations preempt and prepare to deal with these changes? What will be the role of leaders and managers in reimagining and developing the workforce of the future? Seminar 3 (Fall).
HRDE-735
Leading Human Resources
The goal of this course is to develop knowledge of Human Resource Development and Management practices for the purpose of analyzing, communicating, evaluating, and leading the development of strategic human resource initiatives that react to emerging organizational concerns. This course is a foundation course for those seeking a leadership opportunity in Human Resources in which students will demonstrate their ability to analyze and lead the alignment of strategic organizational goals into HR functions. Lecture 3 (Spring).
HRDE-742
Leading Change
Major change initiatives within organizations fail because of lack of understanding of the process of change and the lack of deliberate and focused attention to the change process. This course teaches students the change process and the alterations required in structures, processes, and activities to effectively implement change initiatives within organizations. The components of this course include applied approaches and tools to help analyze barriers for change, leverage power and influence, and provide frameworks to plan and implement change. Lecture 3 (Summer).
HRDE-765
Diversity in Global Workplace
As strategic partners in global workforce development, human resource development professionals guide organizations to build and maintain a diverse workforce. Diversity and inclusion exploit the natural synergies of a multicultural workforce. This course will examine dimensions of diversity beyond race, ethnicity, and gender and create opportunities to develop an understanding about how these dimensions intersect and play out in the workplace. The purpose of this course is to provide HRD professionals the knowledge required to manage these dynamics in an organizational setting and lead initiatives that will create and maintain an inclusive workplace. Project work will allow for the in-depth ability to assess the current state of diversity within a defined organization, conduct research and benchmarking to build a diverse workforce, and develop a diversity strategic plan with an on-going evaluation component to assess the success of diversity initiatives. Lecture 3 (Spring).
MGMT-740
Leading Teams in Organizations
This course examines why people behave as they do in organizations and what managers can do to improve organizational performance by influencing people's behavior. Students will learn a number of frameworks for diagnosing and dealing with managerial challenges dynamics at the individual, group and organizational level. Topics include leadership, motivation, team building, conflict, organizational change, cultures, decision making, and ethical leadership. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
MKTG-761
Marketing Concepts and Commercialization
An introduction to contemporary principles and practices of marketing. The course is structured around the process of marketing planning leading to the development of successful marketing strategies, including the commercialization of products and services in domestic and international environments. Focus is on environmental scanning techniques, setting and evaluating measurable objectives, innovating and controlling the interrelated components of product/service offering, planning and executing the marketing mix (channels of distribution, price, and promotion), and enhancing customer relationships through the delivery of customer value. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
MKTG-772
Internet Marketing: Strategy & Tactics
This course examines the impact that the internet has on traditional and contemporary business-to-consumer marketing activities. It explores these implications in both strategic and tactical terms to enhance organizations' levels of competitiveness. The course identifies the use of the internet in enhancing value for consumers and considers the leverage of the latest technologies, trends, e-culture and innovation through the medium of the internet. (Prerequisites: MKTG-761 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
NUTR-610
Integrative Approaches to Health
This one credit class offers an overview of controversial and accepted integrative health therapies, diet therapies, basic herbal medicine guidelines, and vitamin/mineral supplementation. Lecture 1 (Fall).
NUTR-650
Community Nutrition
Study of current nutrition issues and delivery of food and nutrition services in the community. The course is designed to allow senior level and graduate students to acquire skills necessary to deliver services in the public health and private sector markets. Individual practicum in community facility is required and arranged by the instructor. (Prerequisite: NUTR-625 or equivalent course.NUTR-625 Prereq) Lab 4 (Spring).
PSYC-713
Graduate Developmental Psychology
This course is designed to enhance students' knowledge and skills with regard to infant, child, and adolescent development. We will examine a variety of topics that relate to the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of children and adolescents in the context of classic and current theory. We will also explore issues such as attachment, resiliency, and policy issues that pertain to positive child and adolescent development. Students will gain an enhanced knowledge of the sequence of child development and the processes that underlie it by studying child development from a chronological approach. Theories that discuss the various domains of development will be examined through each age period. This course will emphasize the interdependence of all domains of development and contribute to an appreciation of the interrelatedness of theory, research, and applications. Seminar (Fall).
PSYC-716
Graduate Social Psychology
This course explores topics related to understanding individuals in a social context. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Social Perception and Social Cognition; Attitudes; Social Identity; Prejudice and Discrimination; Interpersonal Attraction; Close Relationships; Social Influence; Prosocial Behavior; Aggression; Group Behavior; Artifacts and Methodological Issues in Social Psychology. Course format is seminar focused on reading assigned texts each week, writing reaction papers, and participating in discussion. Students will also conduct a study on the topic of their choice and present their findings both in an oral and written format. Seminar (Biannual).
PUBL-700
Readings in Public Policy
An in-depth inquiry into key contemporary public policy issues. Students will be exposed to a wide range of important public policy texts, and will learn how to write a literature review in a policy area of their choosing. (This class is restricted to degree-seeking graduate students or those with permission from instructor.) Seminar (Fall).
PUBL-701
Graduate Policy Analysis
This course provides graduate students with necessary tools to help them become effective policy analysts. The course places particular emphasis on understanding the policy process, the different approaches to policy analysis, and the application of quantitative and qualitative methods for evaluating public policies. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Lecture 3 (Fall).
PUBL-702
Graduate Decision Analysis
This course provides students with an introduction to decision science and analysis. The course focuses on several important tools for making good decisions, including decision trees, including forecasting, risk analysis, and multi-attribute decision making. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels. Lecture 3 (Spring).
PUBL-703
Evaluation and Research Design
The focus of this course is on evaluation of program outcomes and research design. Students will explore the questions and methodologies associated with meeting programmatic outcomes, secondary or unanticipated effects, and an analysis of alternative means for achieving program outcomes. Critique of evaluation research methodologies will also be considered. Seminar (Spring).
SERQ-720
Strategic Foresight and Innovation
The service world has many examples of once-successful companies that failed to accomplish the primary goal of every organization: consistently design, deliver value to customers and other key stakeholder groups in a highly competitive and ever-changing service environment. Today’s organizational leaders must be able to develop and implement strategies that ensure the continued competitiveness of their organizations, and identify and leverage opportunities for growth and innovation brought about by change. Firmly grounded in the fundamentals of strategy development this course prepares students to create and sustain competitive advantage; and to apply key foresight techniques including scenario planning to anticipate future opportunities. Lecture 3 (Spring, Summer).
SERQ-722
Customer Centricity
The Customer Centricity course develops the learners ability to help their organization manage its interactions with its valued customers across multiple channels, maximize revenue opportunities, build foundations to increase customer satisfaction, and drive customer retention and loyalty. Lecture 3 (Spring).
SERQ-723
Service Analytics
Analytics in service organizations is based on four phases: analysis and determination of what data to collect, gathering the data, analyzing it, and communicating the findings to others. In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of analytics to develop a measurement strategy for a given area of research and analysis. While this measurement process is used to ensure that operations function well and customer needs are met; the real power of measurement lies in using analytics predicatively to drive growth and service, to transform the organization and the value delivered to customers. Topics include big data, the role of measurement in growth and innovation, methodologies to measure quality, and other intangibles. Lecture 3 (Fall, Summer).
SERQ-740
Leading Innovation
Achieving competitive advantage in today’s world demands that organizations know how to innovate, and do so not once, but repeatedly. Creativity, rapid learning through continuous improvement, and the ability to turn ideas into action, products, processes and services are crucial. How do leaders foster and sustain a culture of innovation? What unique competencies and skills do you need as a leader and what skills do your teams need? How is managing an innovation team different than managing other kinds of teams within an organization? Through this course, service leadership students will leverage and build on their growing knowledge about innovation, the individual and group skills required for innovating gained in SERQ-712. Students will gain deeper insights into innovation leadership requirements for creating, managing and curating a thriving environment in which cutting edge ideas are encouraged, born and grown. Open to students in the service leadership and innovation MS program and non-majors on a space available basis with department permission. (Prerequisite: SERQ-712 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
SERQ-747
Design Thinking and Creativity
The use of creative problem solving to discover new alternatives in the design of products and services is the essence of design thinking. The innovation design thinking process seeks creative inspiration to solve a problem, generating and selecting ideas to develop a path from design to market. Design thinking tools and strategies are discussed as are “Wicked Problems” and the impact design thinking can have on developing a solution for these problems. An in-depth approach uses stories and prototypes to design products/ services in an effort to solve problems in an innovative and sustainable manner. Lecture 3 (Fall).
STAT-641
Applied Linear Models-Regression
A course that studies how a response variable is related to a set of predictor variables. Regression techniques provide a foundation for the analysis of observational data and provide insight into the analysis of data from designed experiments. Topics include happenstance data versus designed experiments, simple linear regression, the matrix approach to simple and multiple linear regression, analysis of residuals, transformations, weighted least squares, polynomial models, influence diagnostics, dummy variables, selection of best linear models, nonlinear estimation, and model building. (This course is restricted to students in APPSTAT-MS or SMPPI-ACT.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
STAT-672
Survey Design and Analysis
This course is an introduction to sample survey design with emphasis on practical aspects of survey methodology. Topics include: survey planning, sample design and selection, survey instrument design, data collection methods, and analysis and reporting. Application areas discussed will include program evaluation, opinion polling, customer satisfaction, product and service design, and evaluating marketing effectiveness. Data collection methods to be discussed will include face-to-face, mail, Internet and telephone. (This course is restricted to students in APPSTAT-MS or SMPPI-ACT.) Lecture 3 (Summer).
STAT-775
Design and Analysis of Clinical Trials
This is a graduate level survey course that stresses the concepts of statistical design and analysis for clinical trials. Topics include the design, implementation, and analysis of trials, including treatment allocation and randomization, factorial designs, cross-over designs, sample size and power, reporting and publishing, etc. SAS for Windows statistical software will be used throughout the course for data analysis. (This course is restricted to students in APPSTAT-MS or SMPPI-ACT.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
STAT-784
Categorical Data Analysis
The course develops statistical methods for modeling and analysis of data for which the response variable is categorical. Topics include: contingency tables, matched pair analysis, Fisher's exact test, logistic regression, analysis of odds ratios, log linear models, multi-categorical logit models, ordinal and paired response analysis. (Prerequisites: This class is restricted to students in APPSTAT-MS or SMPPI-ACT who have successfully completed STAT-741 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
WSHN-600
Principles and Practices of Health Education
Students will discover fundamental theories, principles and practices of health education to assess, plan, implement and evaluate components of health that challenge our well-being. Students will develop and apply health education skills to promote community and public health. This course helps prepare students to apply for the Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialing examination. Lecture 3 (Fall, Summer).
WSHN-701
Health and Nutrition Education and Evaluation
In Health and Nutrition Education and Evaluation, content and research expertise are applied to design effective, theory-based health and nutrition education and establish it as evidence-based. Needs assessment, behavior change models, theories of motivation, and learning styles are presented in the context of planning health and nutrition education and sampling, recruitment, participant retention, instrument development, and data analysis to foster development of evaluation expertise. (Co-requisites: WSHN-700 or equivalent course.) Lecture 3 (Fall).
WSHN-799
Independent Study
This course provides the opportunity for independent investigation, under faculty supervision, on a subject matter either not included in existing courses or further investigation of a topic of interest presented in another course. A student-driven, faculty mentored proposal is drafted that describes the plan of work, deliverables expected, evaluation criteria, and possible credit load. Ind Study (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in dietetics and nutrition, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete an online graduate application. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for information on application deadlines, entry terms, and more.
  • Submit copies of official transcript(s) (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work, including any transfer credit earned.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or US equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Evidence of course work in the natural sciences (e.g., biology and biochemistry) and in courses related to nutrition and dietetics covering topics such as techniques of dietetics education), nutrition and integrative medicine), community nutrition, customer experience management, and microbiology of health and disease. Applicants holding a Verification Statement from an ACEND accredited program in didactics are considered to have met these requirements. Applicants holding a Verification Statement from an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics are considered to have met these requirements.
  • Two letters of recommendation, with at least one from a university/college faculty member.
  • Not all programs require the submission of scores from entrance exams (GMAT or GRE). Please refer to the Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements page for more information.
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives. Refer to Application Instructions and Requirements for additional information.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Students below the minimum requirement may be considered for conditional admission. Refer to Graduate Admission Deadlines and Requirements for additional information on English language requirements. International applicants may be considered for an English test requirement waiver. Refer to the English Language Test Scores section within Graduate Application Materials to review waiver eligibility.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. The priority deadline for application is February 28; later applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

Scholarships

Students interested in cultural competence, social determinants of health, behavioral health integration, and interprofessional care coordination are encouraged to apply for scholarships reserved for RIT MS in dietetics and nutrition students in the AHEC Scholars Program. Selected students may apply their RIT experiential learning hours toward fellowship requirements. Benefits of participation include a financial stipend, access to current, research-based, non-clinical online learning materials, and more.

Learn about admissions, cost, and financial aid 

Accreditation

Rochester Institute of Technology’s dietetics and nutrition graduate program has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Candidacy status is granted to academic institutions who have demonstrated the ability to house a dietetics program. 

Students in a candidacy-status program are considered graduates of an accredited program and are eligible to sit for the National Registration Examination for Dietitians, upon successful program completion.

More information on ACEND and its accreditation standards are available at:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(312) 899-0040 ext 5400 or (800) 877-1600
https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

Research

Faculty in the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition consistently receive funding awards from private, state, and federal sources. This support provides you with unique opportunities to conduct research with our faculty members on local, national, and international research projects on a variety of topics, including:

  • Eating competence
  • Metabolic syndrome lifestyle interventions
  • Motivational interviewing
  • PICA and anemia during pregnancy
  • Food insecurity
  • Childhood anemia in Ghana
  • Statewide online nutrition education

Learn more by exploring the Wegmans School’s research initiatives.

Thesis: The completion of a thesis is a required element of the program. Your thesis advisor will provide guidance and feedback throughout the thesis process. The thesis component of the program provides you with the opportunity to put research theory into practice.