Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

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Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Promote a healthier future for all.

Become a trusted dietetics professional and educate members of your community about the powerful impact of nutrition on health promotion and disease prevention.

Translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for a full and healthy life.

The Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program at St. Catherine University is a small, supportive learning environment that prepares you for a successful career advancing nutrition practice and facilitating healthy lifestyle changes in a variety of areas, including hospitals, nursing homes, public health clinics, schools, fitness centers, community centers, and more.

Our reputation for excellence, robust clinical partnerships, and emphasis on social justice and health equity will prepare you for a fulfilling career serving diverse populations in any setting. With close guidance from dedicated faculty mentors and our innovative "future education model", you will learn much more than just how to pass the licensure exam and earn your credential. You'll combine classroom work with 1,035 hours of supervised experiential learning, allowing you to immediately apply your knowledge and build your skills as a confident leader and practitioner in the field. 

As a University with a diverse portfolio of health science programs, you'll also have opportunities to learn in real-time with and from students in several other programs as a critical member of an interprofessional healthcare team - while honing key competencies in nutrition and dietetics, such as:

  • How to become an effective nutrition educator and counselor
  • Understanding lifecycle nutrition in children and adults
  • Exploring current issues and evaluating applied research in nutrition
  • Understanding foodservice operations and production
  • Experimenting with culinary solutions
  • Preparing to pass the national registration examination for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs)

Did you know a master's degree will be required to become a registered dietitian starting in 2024?

St. Kate's undergraduate students who don't have a bachelor's degree can take advantage of our 3+2 dual-degree Applied Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program, earning both a bachelor's and master's degree in just five years.

An entry-level option is available for applicants with a bachelor's degree in any field who are seeking to gain a registered dietitian credential and have completed prerequisites for this program.

Please see the MSND program handbook for more information. 


Program at a Glance

Format: On campus, full time

Start: Fall

Time to completion: 21 months

Credits required: 48

Tuition per credit (2023-2024): $760

Total tuition: $36,480



St. Catherine University's Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program has candidacy accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190

Chicago, IL 60606-6995

800-877-1600, ext. 5400

Learn more about accreditation and how to become a registered dietitian here

Program outcomes data is available from the Program Director upon request. 

Degree questions, answered.

Plan of Study

Below is a sample plan of study. For course descriptions and other details, consult the University catalog.


  • Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • Professionalism in Dietetics
  • Life Cycle Nutrition: Pediatrics


  • Life Cycle Nutrition: Adults
  • Community Nutrition I
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • Foodservice and Nutrition Management


  • Foodservice Operations and Production
  • Food Science
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy II
  • Community Nutrition II


  • Current Issues in Nutrition
  • Culinary and Experimental Food and Nutrition
  • Applied Research
  • Practicums

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8-9:40 a.m. Lifecycle Nutrition: Pediatrics Reserved for SEL/work hours Lifecycle Nutrition: Pediatrics Reserved for SEL/work hours Reserved for SEL/work hours

9:50 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Advanced Nutrition Advanced Nutrition

11:40 a.m. -1:20 p.m.

Nutrition Education and Counseling Nutrition Education and Counseling

1:30 - 3:10 p.m.

Professionalism in Dietetics Professionalism in Dietetics


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