Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

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Earn a master's degree in dietetics

The dietetics field is evolving. Don’t just keep up. Lead the way.

This master’s degree helps you stay on the top of your profession.

Soon, all new Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs/RDs) must have a graduate degree.

Applying to this program

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) program has two admission paths. Which one is for you?

Both paths have competitive admission – applying does not guarantee you’ll get in.

Review the admission requirements before you begin.

Admission path
Already a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)? Apply to this program through a central application system: GradCAS.
Admission path
If you are not an RDN, apply through Dietetics Inclusive Centralized Application Service (DICAS).

Why earn a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics at Missouri State?

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Qualify for the registration exam (if needed)

Reach a milestone in your career: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Through our program, you’ll be eligible to take the RDN registration exam.

Student stocking food shelves at Bear Pantry.

Or, use your background to finish sooner

Are you already a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)? You can transfer up to 12 credit hours toward this master’s degree. Gain the leadership and communication skills needed to advance your career.

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Aid your community

This program puts an emphasis on population health. You can help others in the community while pursuing your career goals.

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Enjoy close support and guidance

You’ll have one-on-one attention from faculty who are active in research, clinical practices and community outreach programs. You can also network with local dietitians and preceptors, which can lead you to jobs.

By the numbers

Everybody eats. With a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, you can have a rewarding career as a food expert.


$63,000 +

Average annual salary for dietitians and nutritionists.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Job growth


Projected job growth of dietitians and nutritionists through 2029, faster than the national average.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Accreditation status

The Missouri State University Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

Questions regarding dietetics education may be emailed to Information also is available on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Accreditation contact info

Coming soon: Graduate degree requirement

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a graduate degree (master's degree or higher) to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

In order to be approved for the registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, you must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before midnight on December 31, 2023.

For more information about this requirement, go to the CDR website.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information, review CDR’s state licensure requirements.