About the Program

The online master of science in dietetics is designed for both registered dietitians (RD) and students in the on-campus Buffalo State Dietitian Education Program (DEP) who seek professional development via high demand courses. For DEP students, the M.S. in dietetics will complete the eligibility requirements for the RD credential.

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).

Enrollment for SUNY Buffalo State DEP students allows these highly qualified students to work on the master of science in dietetics while completing their bachelor’s degree. Up to 9 credits of designated master’s courses are incorporated into the bachelor’s degree program and will count toward both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree.

The application requirements for the graduate program are outlined below.

For the in-person DEP eligibility requirements, visit hnd.buffalostate.edu/dietitian-education-program-bs.

The program is accredited under the Future Education Model by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400. eatright.org.

About the Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics Department

334 Caudell Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5913
Fax: (716) 878-5834
https://hnd.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

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 Dietitian Education Program 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

5. Resume

6. Interview

Program Requirements

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 3
NFS 689 METHODS IN NUTRITION RESEARCH 3
NFS 690 MASTER'S PROJECT 3
Electives (6 credit hours) 6
Total Credit Hours 30