The Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health FNDH) (offers an online Master of Science degree in Dietetics for registered dietitians (RDs). This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). GPIDEA is a consortium of universities that collaborate to offer online graduate programs. The online Master of Science in Dietetics through the GPIDEA is offered by the following universities:
Kansas State University
The University of Kansas Medical Center
Iowa State University
Colorado State University
The University of Nebraska, Lincoln
North Dakota State University
South Dakota State University
Oklahoma State University
Application for admission should include the following information:
The applicant must hold the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD) through the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Individuals who hold credentials offered by the following foreign regulatory boards are also eligible to apply:
Dietitans of Canada (DC)
Dutch Association of Dietitians/Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture (NVD)
Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI)
Health Professions Council (HCPC) United Kingdom
A copy of the applicant’s CDR registration card or other official documentation of registration status must be submitted with the application.
The applicant must submit official transcripts for all college coursework. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (or alternately, a GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of coursework in the undergraduate degree) is required for admission to this program.
A personal statement outlining the reasons for pursuing graduate study and the choice of KSU as the home institution is required. In this statement, the applicant also must indicate whether he/she wishes to complete a research thesis or participate in the non-thesis program option. Students pursuing the thesis option must conduct research compatible with on-going research in HMD.
Deadline for applications is October 1 for spring semester admission or March 1 for summer or fall semester admission.
The Master of Science in Dietetics is a 36 credit hour program.
Students may select to complete a thesis (6 credit hours of HMD 899 Research in HMD) under the direction of their major professor and committee OR they may take 6 additional credit hours from program electives and sit for a comprehensive written examination followed by an oral examination with their committee. The thesis topic must be compatible with on-going research in HMD. Students will present a formal seminar of their research findings followed by an oral examination with their committee.
Non-thesis students may take 6 additional credit hours from program electives OR pursue 3 additional credits from program electives plus a 3 hour dietetics practice/work-related project (HMD 820 Problems in Hospitality Management and Dietetics) under the direction of their major professor and committee.
The student will present a seminar about their project to their major professor and committee.
Non-thesis students will sit for a written final examination over core course content followed by an oral examination with their supervisory committee.
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration or Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership
Students admitted to any graduate program at Kansas State University may also elect to pursue a graduate certificate from the College of Business at Kansas State University. To complete either Graduate Certificate Program students must complete 15 credit hours of specific courses in the College of Business.
To complete the Certificate in Business Administration, the GPIDEA student would choose the following courses as part of their electives: