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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 08, 2023
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics, MS

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Students who choose to pursue Pitt’s Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics degree are ahead of the game! In 2024, all Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs) entering the field will be required to have a master’s level degree to enter the profession.

The Masters curriculum is a combination of didactic coursework and supervised practice which includes required competencies and student elective courses affording graduates a strong foundation in medical nutrition therapy and eligibility to sit for the Registration Exam for Dietitians.


The Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics program is a is a two-year Master of Science program housed within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition.

Program Summary
53 credits (full-time only)
2 years (4 terms)
Program starts fall term only

Preparation for a career in dietetics as an Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) requires the following:

  • completion of an approved 4-year college degree program (accredited by ACEND) such as our Pitt undergraduate program*
  • completion of an accredited supervised practice experience (providing a minimum of 1200 hours)**
  • successful performance on the national Registration Examination for Dietitians

No matter your professional goals in the Dietetics profession, this program offers an entry level advanced degree option to provide a competitive edge for today’s health care environment. Upon successful completion of the Masters program graduates are eligible to take the national registration examination for Dietitians.Graduates passing the registration exam are eligible for licensure in Pennsylvania by the Board of Nursing. For licensing information please visit Instructions for Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN) Applicants.

*Students applying to this program must have an ACEND-accredited nutrition undergraduate degree. Please see information on our Post-Baccalaureate Year for the Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics program if you have an undergraduate in another field or discipline.

**This program provides the 1200 hours of supervised practice required to become an RDN. The supervised practice sites are randomly assigned and public transportation is not available to all sites. All students should anticipate the necessity of having a car accessible to them for both years of the program. Please review the supervised practice information.

For more information on becoming an RDN, visit


Program Requirements

The Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics is a two-year Master of Science course of study requiring 53 credits including supervised practice.


First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 53

* Courses may vary dependent on transfer courses accepted.

*Each course is offered only once during the academic year, therefore, any departure from completing a course in its planned sequence (for example: failure, for any reason, to satisfactorily complete a required course; an unresolved “G” or “Incomplete” grade) will result in a one year delay in completing the course, the remaining program requirements, and the year of graduation.

The Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the commission of Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL, 60606-6995, 312/899-5400.

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