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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework plus 1,010 hours of supervised practice must be completed

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online

This hybrid program comprises online and on-campus work. At least 50% of the coursework will be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: January 15 (students who have an undergraduate degree with a verification statement from an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics [DPD])
  • Fall: May 15 - (students who have an undergraduate degree without a DPD verification statement)
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

Health Sciences, Nutrition, M.S. Coordinated Program

Talk to an enrollment coach
[email protected]

Talk to a faculty member
Jessica Todd, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.
[email protected]

Students enter the Georgia State master’s degree coordinated program either with an undergraduate degree in nutrition or with an undergraduate degree in another major. The full-time coordinated program is a four-to-six-semester program of didactic coursework and supervised practice. Students who hold a Didactic Program in Dietetics verification statement complete the program in four semesters, while those who do not complete the program in six semesters. The part-time program takes seven- to 11-semesters to complete. Students have the option of completing a thesis, master’s project, course concentration or comprehensive exam as their capstone requirement.

Please note: Students should not work when enrolled in the full-time program.




Program Highlights
  • 100 percent of students complete the program on time
  • 100 percent graduate employment rate
  • 94 percent 3-year average pass rate on the national examination for registered dietitians

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Program Details


Prerequisites for students without a DPD verification statement (students who have not completed an undergraduate program in dietetics).

  • Survey or Principles of Chemistry I and II with lab (2 semesters): CHEM 1151K/1152K or CHEM 1211K/1212K or equivalent
  • Microbiology with lab or Organic Chemistry with lab (1 semester): BIOL 2260/2260L or CHEM 2400/2100 or equivalent
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (2 semesters): BIOL 2251K/BIOL 2252K or BIOL 2107K and BIOL 2108K or equivalent
  • Principles of Nutrition (1 semester): NUTR 2100 or equivalent
  • One course in Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology: ANTH 1102, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101 or equivalent
  • Coursework in Human Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition and Chemistry must not be more than 10 years old at the time of admission.

Grade Point Average ≥ 3.0 is required for all coursework completed prior to the application.

Health Sciences Core (9)
SNHP 6000 Research Methods for the Health and Human Science Professions (3)
SNHP 8000 Trends Affecting Health Policies, Practices and Laws (3)
SNHP 8010 Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare (3)

Specialization Curriculum (41)
NUTR 6001 Supervised Practice I (3)
NUTR 6002 Supervised Practice II (3)
NUTR 6003 Supervised Practice III (3)
NUTR 6004 Supervised Practice IV (3)
NUTR 6005 Supervised Practice V (3)
NUTR 6006 Supervised Practice VI (3)
NUTR 6011 Orientation to Practice I (1)
NUTR 6012 Orientation to Practice II (1)
NUTR 6101 Nutrition Research Methods (3)
NUTR 6102 Nutrition Intervention (3)
NUTR 6104 Advanced Normal Nutrition (3)
NUTR 6300 Nutrition Counseling Skills(3)
NUTR 7108 Nutrition Assessment(3)
NUTR 7280 Nutritional Genomics (3)
NUTR 7101 Nutrition Issues (3) or NUTR 6150 Culinary Medicine in Clinical Practice (3) or CNHP 7800 Interprofessional Collaboration for Advanced Practice (3) or comparable course approved by CP advisor

Capstone Option (6 minimum)
Thesis Option: Students will take NUTR 7999 Thesis. A minimum of two semesters at three credits each must be completed. Students must be enrolled in thesis credit each semester they continue to work on completion of the requirements for thesis research and must be registered for thesis in the semester of graduation.

Non-Thesis Options:
Project – Students will take NUTR 7990 Master’s Project A minimum of two semesters at three credits each must be completed.
Coursework – Students must take three courses at three credits each. Courses are defined in specialty areas which may include but are not limited to geriatrics, pediatrics, public health and sports.
Comprehensive examination – Students will take NUTR 7500 Comprehensive Examination for three credits in the semester of graduation. Students who select the comprehensive examination option will be required to take one additional three-credit elective course.

Courses required by the program beyond degree requirements
This section includes courses that can be satisfied in an undergraduate curriculum and additional practice hours beyond the typical institutional requirements for the M.S. degree.

NUTR 6150 Food Science I (4)
NUTR 6105 Life Cycle Nutrition(3)
NUTR 7200 Nutrition and Disease (3)
NUTR 7250 Medical Nutrition Laboratory (1)
NUTR 6500 Macronutrients (3)
NUTR 6700 Micronutrients (3)
NUTR 7600 Foodservice and Clinical Management (3)
Electives – one to three courses at three-credits each depending upon track and capstone selection

For complete degree requirements, visit the catalog.

The Coordinated Program prepares entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to serve a culturally diverse population through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being, and serve the profession and community through leadership.

The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) provides quality service based on customer expectations and needs.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) applies, participates in or generates research to enhance practice.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) effectively applies knowledge and communicates with others.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) uses resources effectively and efficiently.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) systematically evaluates the quality of services and improves practice based on evaluation results.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) engages in lifelong learning.

The Coordinated Program requires additional hours for students who enter the program prior to meeting the undergraduate coursework required for a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (For more information on the DPD requirement, visit: The Coordinated Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Ste. 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-5995, 800-877-1600, ext. 5400. Program outcomes data are available on request by contacting [email protected]. The Coordinated Program has full accreditation through June 30, 2027.

Academy membership is required upon admission to the Coordinated Program.

Supervised practice facilities vary on background check, drug screen, immunization and medical examination requirements. In the event that students are placed within a facility that charges a fee for these services, the student will be responsible for payment.

Please note that many of the supervised practice locations utilized by the Coordinated Program require proof of immunization including COVID-19 vaccination. Students who are not able to provide proof of vaccination may not be able to complete the program.



Alumni work for major healthcare, industry or educational institutions and become registered dietitians with specialties in adult or pediatric care, sports nutrition or long-term care, nutrition professors or clinical instructors, community or school nutritionists, or nutrition research and development specialists.


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Jessica Todd, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.
[email protected]

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