Nutrition and Dietetics, M.S.

Saint Louis University’s nutrition and dietetics graduate program prepares students to be competent, compassionate dietetic professionals. SLU's nutrition and dietetics department offers a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics that can be customized to your interest with the following options:

Dietetic Internship (DI)

Additionally, the department offers a dietetic internship program leading to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in four concentrations:

  • Culinary Entrepreneurship
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Medical Pediatric Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Physical Performance

Upon completion of the internship, students will receive their master’s degree and are eligible to sit for the national registration exam. The dietetic internship is currently granted accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Beginning at the end of June, with two online courses, the internship program provides a minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice rotations in a variety of health care facilities in St. Louis and surrounding areas. There are approximately 15 rotations in the SLU dietetic internship. Each rotation lasts one to three weeks and focuses on an aspect of dietetics practice related to a specific disease/condition, life-cycle stage or population group. 

SLU’s dietetic internship accepts 34 interns annually. Applicants may apply to one or all internship concentration areas. Applicants should submit only one DICAS application regardless of whether they are applying to one or all concentrations, but a separate personal statement letter for each concentration is required.

Learn More About SLU's Dietetic Internship Program

How to Become a Registered Dietitian (PDF) 

Program Philosophy

SLU's graduate nutrition program promotes self-directed learning, self-assessment for professional advancement, and collaborative opportunities to prepare graduates for emerging jobs in the field. The mission of SLU's MS-DI program is to prepare our graduates to assume entry-level positions as RDNs in the provision of evidence-based care with diverse patient populations.

The mission of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is to "thrive in a community that promotes and seeks truth about food and nutrition. Woven into the fabric of this community are multifaceted educational pursuits to promote a food centered culture for health and wellness, scholarly exploration, and an appreciation of the global and ecological community in which we exist". As a department, we strive to lead with our core values of food first nutrition, evidence-based science, creativity and innovation, hospitable culture, interdisciplinary and community collaboration, and food and environmental justice.

Curriculum Overview

SLU's graduate nutrition and dietetics curriculum builds upon a strong foundation in the sciences and includes unique aspects such as the investigation of nutrition topics in the media, the study of ethnic meal patterns and hands-on experience. Courses include classroom, lab and community experiences.

Students can pursue either full-time or part-time study in any of the master's concentrations. However, the MS-DI program does not allow for part-time study.

Concentration in Medical Nutrition

The medical nutrition concentration is designed to apply specific nutrition services to treat illness, injury or condition. The program is designed for professionals who have a baccalaureate degree in nutrition/dietetics or a related area of study. Coursework focuses on the areas of education, administration and counseling as those areas apply to nutrition care.

Concentration in Nutrition and Physical Performance

The nutrition and physical performance concentration educates students in a multidisciplinary approach to prevention, utilizing nutrition and exercise intervention strategies for lifestyle change and using nutrition for improving exercise performance. The program is designed for professionals who have a baccalaureate degree in nutrition/dietetics or a related area of study. Coursework focuses on nutrition, health promotion, prevention, physiology and cardiovascular fitness. Graduates are encouraged to seek the ACSM health fitness instructor certification.

Concentration in Culinary Entrepreneurship

The culinary entrepreneurship concentration prepares students to successfully merge culinary nutrition skills with traditional business skills to develop innovative and successful entrepreneurial programs and services. The program is designed for students who have either an associate degree in culinary arts or a baccalaureate degree in nutrition/dietetics or significant experience in foodservice. Coursework focuses on nutrition, sustainable food systems, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and organizational management.

Dual Degree with the Master of Public Health

The primary goal of this dual-degree program is to prepare nutrition specialists to work in many types of public health and voluntary agencies, as well as medical care and educational settings. Graduates specialize in public health and dietetics and are able to design, organize, conduct and evaluate nutrition intervention programs in the public health sector. Interested applicants must apply separately to both the department of nutrition and dietetics and the College for Public Health and Social Justice.

Clinical and Research Opportunities

SLU's graduate nutrition Medical Nutrition and Nutrition and Physical Performance concentrations are thesis degree programs where students are required to dedicate multiple semesters to focus on research, data collection, data analysis and a written thesis. The graduate nutrition Culinary Entrepreneurship concentration is a non-thesis, capstone program.

Careers

Graduates with the RD/RDN credential can work as a clinical dietitian, sports dietitian, research dietitian, and community dietitian. Graduates can also work as a chef/certified culinarian, food technologist, food journalist, nutrition educator/counselor, food and nutrition entrepreneur, food service manager, food scientist and much more.

Admission Requirements

Most students admitted to the nutrition and dietetics graduate program possess above-average GPA, sufficient GRE scores (optional at this time), and sufficient TOEFL scores (for international applicants).

Application Requirements


M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Application form and fee
  • Transcript(s): All international students who did not attend school within the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by either the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES).
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two letters should be from college professors/instructors and one should be from a work supervisor. When completing the application form, students must include the name and email address for each reference. This will initiate an email message requesting online completion of a reference form.
  • GRE Scores (optional)
  • Résumé
  • Interview
  • Professional goal statement: A personal statement including professional interests, concentration intended to study, goals, personal attributes, etc.
Dietetic Internship
  • Three letters of recommendation. Two should be from college professors/instructors, and one should be from a work supervisor. Please choose professors/supervisors who can adequately assess your abilities to perform in a dietetic internship and as a registered dietitian. When completing the application form, you must include the name and email address for each reference. This will initiate an email message requesting online completion of a reference form. Students submitting more than one application will need to use the same individuals as references for each application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent to: DICAS - Transcript Dept., PO Box 9118, Watertown, MA 02472. They will be scanned and included in your online application.
  • A personal statement including professional interests, goals, personal attributes, etc. qualifying you as a good candidate for the SLU dietetic internship, as well as which concentration(s) you wish to study. A separate personal statement is required for each concentration and should be uploaded to the supplemental materials section in the DICAS application. DICAS will require the personal statement to be 1,000 words or less.

Applicants must also register online for computer matching with D&D Digital and select dietetic internship priority choices by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline dates posted online. There is a $50 computer matching fee. 

Please use the following D&D Digital codes when applying:

  • Medical/Nutrition Therapy: 170
  • Medical/Pediatric: 169
  • Nutrition and Physical Performance: 168
  • Culinary Entrepreneurship: 750

There is no application fee for the SLU dietetic internship program.

A phone interview may be conducted by one or more members of the selection committee. The interview will last 20 to 30 minutes and will cover the following topic areas:

  • The different roles in dietetics and the areas of practice
  • Your interest in becoming a dietitian and your career goals
  • Your expectations of this internship
  • The attributes that make you a strong candidate for our program

Additional information regarding the phone interview process will be provided to applicants upon receipt of the application.

The applications to the dietetic internship and graduate program are separate processes. The application for the graduate program should be initiated after the applicant has been accepted into the internship. There is a $40 graduate program application fee. The graduate program application can be completed online.

Applicant matching results will be posted on D&D Digital on appointment day. This is the only source of notification for applicants. Each applicant will receive either one match or no match after login. All applicants who receive one match will find the matched DI program name and contact information to accept the appointment. Matched applicants must contact the DI program on notification or appointment day to confirm acceptance of the match. No arrangements should be made with any other DI programs.

Matched applicants to the SLU dietetic internship must contact the Dietetic Internship Director Rabia Rahman by email at rabia.rahman@health.slu.edu to confirm acceptance of the match. After this time, the program is under no obligation to hold the opening for the matched applicant.

Final transcripts, DPD verification and the dietetic internship admission fee must be submitted prior to beginning the internship program.

Requirements for International Students

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students. International students must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Financial documents are required to complete an application for admission and be reviewed for admission and merit scholarships. 
  • Proof of financial support that must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the student's time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of the student's study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include:
    • Courses taken and/or lectures attended
    • Practical laboratory work
    • The maximum and minimum grades attainable
    • The grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations
    • Any honors or degrees received.

WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

U.S. students should apply for the fall semester by July 1 and for the spring semester by Nov. 1. International students should apply for the fall semester by May 1 and for the spring semester by Oct.1.

Students should apply for the summer program by April 1.

Students who want to be considered for assistantships should apply by March 31.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a committee of nutrition and dietetic department faculty members.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for graduate assistantship, apply by Feb. 1. 

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid/index.php.

Program Specific Additional Costs

More Information on Tuition and Fees 

Description Amount
Tuition At time of publication, $1,130 per credit hour. See link above for most up to date information.
Living Expenses Off-Campus $7,000 - $9,500 (this number varies on location of residence within St. Louis)
Drug Screen/ Background Check $105
Immunization Fees and TB Testing $85 - $150
Internship Fee $100
Registration, Attendance, Transportation for State/ National Dietetic Meeting $250 - $400
Transportation Costs $1,500 (varies on location of residence and distance to SLU)
Parking Costs https://www.slu.edu/parking/index.php
Misc. (Lab coats, texts, etc.) $350
Health Insurance $909 per semester
Estimated Total Expenses (including tuition) $43,969-$48,714 for 15-month program

Accreditation

Saint Louis University's MS-DI program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
312-899-0040 ext. 5400
https://www.eatrightpro.org/acend

Program outcome data available upon request. Please contact Program Director Rabia Rahman at rabia.rahman@health.slu.edu.

1. Graduates will be able to demonstrate nutrition-related, client-centered communication skills.

2. Graduates will be able to demonstrate compassion in the nutritional care of clients.

3. Graduates will be able to evidence counseling methods to facilitate changes in nutrition-related behaviors.

4. Graduates will be able to demonstrate professional attributes of a nutrition and dietetics professional in a variety of settings.

5. Graduates will be able to evaluate emerging research for application in nutrition and dietetics practice.

Students in Saint Louis University's nutrition and dietetics graduate program take the following courses. 

Culinary Entrepreneurship Concentration

Required
DIET 5040Edible Wild Foods2
DIET 5070Culinary Medicine3
DIET 5100Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I3
DIET 5130Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II3
DIET 5350Innovation in Dietetics Practice3
DIET 5750Gastronomy3
DIET 5900Culinary Practicum4
DIET 5960Nutrition Capstone (taken over multiple semesters)4
MGT 6200New Venture Initiation3
MGT 6210Advanced Business Plan - New Ventures3
DIET XXXXElective3
Total Credits34

Culinary Entrepreneurship Concentration with Dietetic Internship

Required
DIET 5040Edible Wild Foods3
DIET 5070Culinary Medicine3
DIET 5100Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I3
DIET 5130Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II3
DIET 5350Innovation in Dietetics Practice3
DIET 5750Gastronomy3
DIET 5910Dietetic Internship (taken over multiple semesters)8
DIET 5960Nutrition Capstone4
MGT 6200New Venture Initiation3
MGT 6210Advanced Business Plan - New Ventures3
Total Credits36

Nutrition Therapy Concentration

Required
DIET 5070Culinary Medicine3
DIET 5100Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I3
DIET 5130Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II3
DIET 5350Innovation in Dietetics Practice3
DIET 5480Nutrition Education and Counseling3
DIET 5870Seminar in Dietetics Research (Thesis Only)1
ORES 5010Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes3
ORES 5300Foundations of Outcomes Research I3
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health
Pediatric Nutrition
Community Nutrition
Nutr. & Physical Performance
Gastronomy
Research Requirements
DIET 5990Nutrition Thesis6
Total Credits37

Nutrition and Physical Performance Concentration

Required
DIET 5100Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I3
DIET 5130Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II3
DIET 5350Innovation in Dietetics Practice3
DIET 5480Nutrition Education and Counseling3
DIET 5550Nutr. & Physical Performance3
DIET 5690Bioenergetics of Exercise3
DIET 5700Exercise Testing And Prescription3
DIET 5870Seminar in Dietetics Research (Thesis Only)1
ORES 5010Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes3
ORES 5300Foundations of Outcomes Research I3
Electives
Select one of the following:3
Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health
Pediatric Nutrition
Gastronomy
Research Requirements
DIET 5990Nutrition Thesis6
Total Credits37

Nutrition and Physical Performance Concentration with Dietetic Internship

Required
DIET 5100Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I3
DIET 5130Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II3
DIET 5350Innovation in Dietetics Practice3
DIET 5550Nutr. & Physical Performance3
DIET 5690Bioenergetics of Exercise3
DIET 5700Exercise Testing And Prescription3
DIET 5910Dietetic Internship (taken over multiple semesters)8
DIET 5960Nutrition Capstone4
ORES 5010Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes3
ORES 5300Foundations of Outcomes Research I3
Total Credits36

Pediatric Nutrition Concentration with Dietetic Internship

Required
DIET 5100Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I3
DIET 5130Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II3
DIET 5210Pediatric Nutrition3
DIET 5350Innovation in Dietetics Practice3
DIET 5480Nutrition Education and Counseling3
DIET 5910Dietetic Internship (taken over multiple semesters)8
DIET 5960Nutrition Capstone4
ORES 5010Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes3
ORES 5300Foundations of Outcomes Research I3
Electives
Choose One of the Following:3
Edible Wild Foods
Community Nutrition
Nutr. & Physical Performance
Total Credits36

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Culinary Entrepreneurship Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
DIET 5070 Culinary Medicine 3
DIET 5100 Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I 3
DIET 5960 Nutrition Capstone 2
MGT 6200 New Venture Initiation 3
 Credits11
Spring
DIET 5130 Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II 3
DIET 5750 Gastronomy 3
DIET 5900 Culinary Practicum 4
DIET 5960 Nutrition Capstone 1
MGT 6210 Advanced Business Plan - New Ventures 3
 Credits14
Year Two
Summer
DIET 5040 Edible Wild Foods 3
DIET 5350 Innovation in Dietetics Practice 3
DIET 5300
Community Nutrition
or Nutr. & Physical Performance
3
 Credits9
 Total Credits34

Medical Nutrition Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
DIET 5100 Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I 3
DIET 5990 Nutrition Thesis 1
ORES 5300 Foundations of Outcomes Research I 3
 Credits7
Spring
DIET 5130 Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II 3
DIET 5990 Nutrition Thesis 2
Choose one of the following: 3
Sustainable Food Systems (also offered in summer)  
Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health  
Pediatric Nutrition  
Gastronomy  
 Credits8
Summer
DIET 5350 Innovation in Dietetics Practice 3
ORES 5010 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Edible Wild Foods  
Community Nutrition  
Nutr. & Physical Performance  
 Credits9
Year Two
Fall
DIET 5480 Nutrition Education and Counseling 3
DIET 5070 Culinary Medicine 3
DIET 5990 Nutrition Thesis 1
 Credits7
Spring
DIET 5870 Seminar in Dietetics Research 1
DIET 5990 Nutrition Thesis 2
Choose one of the following: 3
Sustainable Food Systems  
Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health  
Pediatric Nutrition  
Gastronomy  
 Credits6
 Total Credits37

Nutrition and Physical Performance Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
DIET 5960 Nutrition Capstone 3
DIET 5990 Nutrition Thesis 1
ORES 5300 Foundations of Outcomes Research I 3
 Credits7
Spring
DIET 5700 Exercise Testing And Prescription 3
DIET 5990 Nutrition Thesis 2
Elective: Choose 1 of the following: 3
Sustainable Food Systems  
Maternal and Child Nutrition and Health  
Pediatric Nutrition  
Gastronomy  
 Credits8
Summer
DIET 5350 Innovation in Dietetics Practice 3
DIET 5550 Nutr. & Physical Performance 3
ORES 5010 Introduction to Biostatistics for Health Outcomes 3
 Credits9
Year Two
Fall
DIET 5100 Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism I 3
DIET 5480 Nutrition Education and Counseling 3
DIET 5990 Nutrition Thesis 1
 Credits7
Spring
DIET 5130 Human Nutrition: Physiology and Metabolism II 3
DIET 5870 Seminar in Dietetics Research 1
DIET 5990 Nutrition Thesis 2
 Credits6
 Total Credits37

Apply for Admission

Contact Doisy College of Health Sciences:
Julie Miller
Recruitment Specialist
314-977-2570
dchs@health.slu.edu