Nutrition and Dietetics (Prior RD) — MS

This is a one-year (4 quarters) program and begins every Summer Quarter. A research project requirement is included in the curriculum. 

Opportunities for a registered dietitian who has completed a master's degree are enhanced by the additional education at the graduate level. By 2024, a master's degree will be required for entry-level employment.

The curriculum is identical to that of the third year of the Nutrition and Dietetics—B.S. and M.S. Coordinated Program in dietetics.

Program learning outcomes

At the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Plan, process and perform nutrition-related research while protecting the public;
  2. Demonstrate ability to translate evidence-based literature into formats lay public can understand, including use of videos, writing articles, and counseling;
  3. Evaluate emerging trends in nutrition and give competent, evidence-based answers to the public;
  4. Use metabolic pathways to determine patient and client nutritional needs.

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:

  • Be a registered dietitian
  • Have a 3.0 or above G.P.A.
  • Complete an interview (by phone or in person)
Graduate YearUnits
AHCJ 548Human Resource Management in the Health-Care Environment3
AHRM 604Research-Proposal Writing3
DTCS 526Pharmacology in Medical Nutrition Therapy2
DTCS 584Contemporary Issues in the Dietetic Profession4
DTCS 589Capstone Course in Nutrition and Dietetics3
DTCS 694Research4
EPDM 509Principles of Epidemiology3
NUTR 506Nutritional Metabolism3
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-level course approved by advisor7
REL_ 5__ Religion Elective3
 Total Units: 48

Normal time to complete the program

One (1) year (four [4] academic quarters) at LLU based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted