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.

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 504Nutritional Metabolism5
NUTR 510Advanced Public Health Nutrition3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
NUTR 518Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals4
NUTR 519Phytochemicals2
NUTR 564Contemporary Issues of Vegetarian Diets2
REL_ 5__3
Elective: Any graduate-level course approved by advisor3
 Total Units: 48

Normal time to complete the program

1 year (4 academic quarters) at LLU based on full-time enrollment.  Part time permitted.