The M.S. (for bachelor's degree graduates in non-nutrition areas/international students) is a program for persons with a prior bachelor’s degree. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a nutrition-related field at a non-ACEND accredited program must apply for this degree route. Graduates are eligible to sit for the RDN exam after completion of the M.S. degree.

Program learning outcomes

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

  1. Integrate scientific information and translation of research into practice.
  2. Demonstrate beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with the professional dietitian nutritionist level of practice.
  3. Develop and deliver information, products, and services to individuals, groups, and populations.
  4. Apply principles of strategic management and systems in the provision of services to individuals and organizations.
  5. Plan, process, and perform nutrition-related research while protecting the public.
  6. Demonstrate an ability to translate evidence-based literature into formats that the lay public can understand, including use of videos, writing articles, and counseling.
  7. Evaluate emerging trends in nutrition and give competent, evidence-based answers to the public.
  8. 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:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited institution of higher education or an international institution having appropriate government recognition as a degree-granting institution
  • complete program prerequisites
  • have a 3.0 G.P.A. or above (science and non-science prerequisites)
  • complete an interview


  • College algebra, pre-calculus, or calculus
  • Human anatomy with laboratory and human physiology with laboratory, complete sequence (two terms)
  • General chemistry with laboratory, 3 quarters/2 semesters
  • Microbiology with laboratory
  • Human nutrition
  • Medical terminology certificate or course
Junior YearUnits
AHCJ 305Infectious Disease and the Health-Care Provider1
AHCJ 3281Wholeness Portfolio I1
DTCS 302Food Selection and Presentation5
DTCS 3042Community Nutrition4
DTCS 446Nutrition Counseling and Education3
DTCS 305Professional Issues in Nutrition and Dietetics1
DTCS 321Nutrition and Human Metabolism4
DTCS 329Organic Chemistry with Applications for Nutrition4
DTCS 334Biochemistry with Applications for Nutrition4
DTCS 338Introduction to Clinical Nutrition2
DTCS 340Nutrition through Life Stages3
DTCS 342Medical Nutrition Therapy I5
DTCS 371Quantity Food Purchasing, Production, and Service5
DTCS 372Food Systems Organization and Management4
Graduate Years
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 544Medical Nutrition Therapy II5
DTCS 545Nutrition Care Management4
DTCS 546Introduction to Integrative and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DTCS 554Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DTCS 566Food Chemistry and Experimental Foods4
DTCS 574Advanced Food Systems Management3
DTCS 576Exercise Physiology in Medical Nutrition Therapy3
DTCS 694Research1-8
EPDM 509Principles of Epidemiology3
NUTR 506Nutritional Metabolism3
NUTR 517Advanced Nutrition I: Carbohydrates and Lipids4
NUTR 518Advanced Nutrition II: Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals4
NUTR 519Phytochemicals2
Elective: Any graduate-level course approved by advisor4
RELE5___ Graduate-level ethics course3
 Total Units: 113

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

Affiliation and practicum
DTCS 778Clinical Nutrition Affiliation (6, 12)12
DTCS 795Nutrition and Dietetics Graduate Practicum12
Total Units24

Register three times to fulfill unit requirement


Fulfills service learning requirement

Comprehensive Examination

The written comprehensive examination  is designed to establish that the student has a broad understanding of nutrition and dietetics, statistics, and basic research methodology.   The comprehensive examination will be administered after students have successfully completed the majority of required courses—typically during the Spring Quarter of the student’s third year in the M.S. program.

Normal time to complete the program

One (1) year (three [3] academic quarters) of undergraduate preparatory work plus two (2) years (eight [8] academic quarters) of graduate course work at LLU — based on full-time enrollment