The Master’s of Science in Dietetics completes the didactic and supervised experiential learning requirements of the undergraduate Dietetics, B.S. (formerly the Dietitian Education Program) for the Registered Dietitian Nutrition credential and has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as Future Education Model (FEM) graduate program (www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel). FEM accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice. Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, the M.S. is structured in a way that students who have a dietetics background may also be eligible to earn the degree. The M.S. Dietetics is offered 100 percent online.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
2. Completion of the on-campus undergraduate Buffalo State Dietetics, B.S. or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential (copy of CDR card)
3. A written statement describing the applicant’s interest and experience in the field. The recommended length for the letter of intent is two to three pages.
4. Official transcript
NFS 605 CURRENT TRENDS IN NUTRITION 3
HEW 605 EPIDEMIOLOGY 3
NFS 607 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN WEIGHT MANAGEMENT AND DIABETES PREVENTION AND TREATMENT 3
NFS 609 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN ADVANCED MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY 3
NFS 612 NUTRITION COUNSELING 3
PSM 601 PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR MATH AND SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS 3
NFS 689 METHODS IN NUTRITION RESEARCH 3
NFS 690 MASTER'S PROJECT 3
Electives (6 credit hours) 6
Total Credit Hours 30
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