Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) — M.S.

The M.S. degree for graduates of didactic programs in dietetics (DPD) is specifically designed for those who choose not to pursue a standard dietetic internship but who wish to complete a coordinated master's degree and supervised practice experience in order to establish eligibility for writing the registration examination for dietitians. This curriculum builds upon didactic course work in nutrition and dietetics and culminates with an M.S. degree and a verification statement covering both didactic and supervised practice requirements.

Admission is based on a selective process.  In addition to Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admissions requirements, the applicant must also complete the following requirements:

  • have a 3.0 G.P.A. or above (science and nonscience)
  • complete an interview (by telephone or in person)
  • complete program prerequisites
  • provide a DPD verification statement (or equivalent if international)


  • College algebra or higher
  • Anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence (two terms)
  • General chemistry with laboratory, 2 semester/3 quarters
  • Microbiology with laboratory
Junior YearUnits
AHCJ 305Infectious Disease and the Health-Care Provider1
Graduate Year
AHCJ 548Human Resource Management in the Health-Care Environment3
AHRM 571Statistics and Research for Health Professionals I3
AHRM 572Statistics and Research for Health Professionals II3
AHRM 604Research-Proposal Writing3
DTCS 506Professional Seminar in Nutrition and Dietetics1
DTCS 526Pharmacology in Medical Nutrition Therapy2
DTCS 545Nutrition Care Management4
DTCS 554Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DTCS 574Advanced Food Systems Management3
DTCS 576Exercise Physiology in Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DTCS 589Capstone Course in Nutrition and Dietetics3
DTCS 694Research4
EPDM 509Principles of Epidemiology3
NUTR 504Nutritional Metabolism5
NUTR 510Advanced Public Health Nutrition3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
NUTR 518Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals4
NUTR 519Phytochemicals2
Elective: Any graduate course approved by advisor2
RELE 5___ Graduate-level ethics course3
 Total Units: 62

Affiliation and practicum units are required in addition to the didactic units listed above.

Affiliation and practicum
DTCS 778Clinical Nutrition Affiliation24
DTCS 795Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Practicum12
Total Units36

Normal time to complete the program

2.0 years (8 academic quarters) at LLU — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted