An Online Dietetics Master's Degree for Current and Future Registered Dietitians

Whether you are already a Registered Dietitian who would like to add a master's degree, or you want to combine your master's degree with your Dietetic Internship, this online program will establish you as an expert Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

You will gain the most current knowledge in the field and a master's degree, with the flexibility of an online delivery created specifically to help you fit the program around your employment and/or family commitments.

Through your coursework, you will develop critical thinking and leadership skills that will support your future career goals as an RDN. Areas emphasized include nutrient metabolism, nutrition assessment, nutrition counseling methods, nutrition communication, public health nutrition and research methods.

Dietetics Master of Science (No Internship)

  • For RDs / RDNs who would like to earn their master's degree in Dietetics.
  • 35 credit hours
  • Completed fully online in less than two years.

Dietetics Master of Science with Dietetic Internship

  • For those who have completed an approved DPD program but have not yet completed their Dietetic Internship.
  • 55 credit hours including internship supervision
  • Completed mostly online (3-day internship orientation) in less than 3 years.
  • The Dietetic Internship portion provides hands-on learning opportunities in supervised practice to prepare you for successful completion of the Registered Dietitian Examination.

Career Outcomes

Career opportunities include registered dietitian nutritionist positions in hospitals, clinics, public health departments, government agencies, research settings, industry and schools.

The Dietetics MS with Dietetic Internship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND, formerly CADE) with The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is the highest accreditation in the field for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

ACEND Announcement

Beginning January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) has changed the degree requirement for dietitian registration eligibility from a Bachelor's degree to a Master's degree (in any field) in addition to the current requirement of a verification statement from an ACEND accredited dietetics program. More information: 

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Master of Science Degree (No Internship)

  • The Dietetics MS degree-only program is 35 credit hours and can be completed fully online in less than two years.
  • For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

Required Coursework (35 Credit Hours)

The coursework below represents 29 required credits and 6 credit hours of elective coursework that allows you to add interdisciplinary topics that support your career and personal goals.

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  • FND 686 Dietetics Capstone (5) - The Dietetics MS requires a capstone course which provides students the opportunity to complete an in-depth study of an area of evidence-based research/practice, write a comprehensive paper and present the project results.
  • Elective Course (3) – You will work with your advisor on interdisciplinary course options.

Master of Science with Dietetic Internship

The combined Dietetics Master of Science with Dietetic Internship program is 55 total credit hours including courses that support the required supervised internship hours that you need in order to apply for your Registered Dietitian credential.

  • You will complete the master's coursework mentioned above, including the capstone course, plus the coursework/requirements below to support the Internship portion.
  • The Internship portion begins the Summer term immediately following completion of the master's degree coursework.
  • For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

ACEND Accreditation

This internship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Dietetics and Nutrition Education (ACEND, formerly CADE) with the American Dietetic Association.

Online Orientation

All students must attend a 3-day online orientation in late June of the Summer they begin the internship portion of the program.

Required Courses (20 Additional Credit Hours)

You will enroll in a practicum course for support of your internship. Completion of the internship requires 20 credit hours total over your internship enrollment.

FND 592 Dietetics Supervised Practice (20 total)

Internship Oversight

Students, with the program director’s guidance, will select the facilities where they will complete their practice experience and will play a role in designing their program of study. Although each intern has his / her own program of study, all of the Required Competencies and Assignments must be completed by all interns, in not less than 1,200 practice hours. A minimum of 300 hours must be scheduled in rotation schedules for each of the Clinical, Community and Foodservice sets of rotations. The selected concentration area must have a minimum of 200 practice hours. If you have specific questions regarding the Dietetic Internship component of the master's degree, please go to the department’s MSDI program website.

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