Program Description

This program is designed 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, including most international students, must apply for this degree route. The first year of the three-year MS is taught at the foundational (undergraduate) level. The second and third years are taught at the graduate level. The M.S. curriculum is comprised of didactic training and 1000 hours of supervised professional practice experiences to adequately prepare a competent graduate.

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Program Length

3 years (11 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 Jun 30, 2023

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program is based upon a selective process. To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must:
  • 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 Examination)



  • 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
  • Human Nutrition
  • Certificate of Completion of a Medical Terminology course

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 $30,728 $35,640 $28,350
Fees $2,940 $3,920 $3,920
Books & Supplies $4,700 $3,150 $1,300
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $79 $217 $217
Total $38,447 $42,927 $33,787


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 12
Food and Housing $17,280 $23,040 $23,040
Transportation $3,150 $4,200 $4,200
Miscellaneous Personal Costs $2,700 $3,600 $3,600


  • 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.