Program Description

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 the 1000 hours of supervised practice experience to establish eligibility to write the registration examination for dietitians and become a registered dietitian. 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.

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Program Length

2 years (8 quarters)

Possible Careers

Numerous opportunities are available for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Dietitians in Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) assess patient’s nutritional needs, develop personalized nutrition treatment programs, and evaluate and report results. Dietitians also work in public health clinics, home health agencies, major supermarkets, and food service facilities. Some dietitians oversee large-scale food production and service facilities in health care, col-lege and university cafeterias, correctional facilities, and school food service.
Dietitians work under contract with extended health-care facilities or in their own private practice. Others work for wellness programs, sports teams, or other nutrition-related businesses. Some dietitians engage in research activities to enhance the profession. Increased interest in nutrition has led to opportunities in food manufacturing, advertising, and marketing, among others.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Nov 30, 2022 Apr 30, 2023

Admissions Requirements

  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Complete program prerequisites
  • Have a 3.0 G.P.A. or above, in both science and non-science prerequisite courses
  • Complete an online application
  • Provide recommendations
  • Complete an interview
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
  • Have a Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited DPD program


  • College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus
  • Human Anatomy with Lab & Human Physiology with Lab (complete sequence)
  • General Chemistry with Lab (one full year)
  • Microbiology with Lab

Discipline Accrediting Agency

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1920, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040, ext 5400. Website:, Fax (312) 899-4817, Email
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Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $31,590 $28,350 $3,240
Fees $2,940 $3,920 $980
Books & Supplies $2,350 $500
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total $36,880 $32,770 $4,220


The cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 9 12 3
Room & Board $15,885 $21,180 $5,295
Transportation $3,150 $4,200 $1,050
Personal Expenses $2,250 $3,000 $750


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.