Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics - M.S.

The innovative 16-month Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics hybrid program serves students who have earned a bachelor's degree and have completed the required prerequisites. It has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and meets requirements set forth for students seeking RD/RDN credentialing. Each new cohort begins in the fall semester and completes the program at the end of the next fall semester.

The program builds upon Johnson & Wales University’s tradition of hosting strong culinary nutrition and nutrition and dietetics programs. Students take courses in nutrition and health wellness, research and inquiry, grantsmanship, nutrition education and counseling, current topics in nutrition, advanced medical nutrition, culinary nutrition and foodservice management, and clinical supervised experiential learning with emphasis on interprofessional collaboration. This hands-on experience includes at least 1,000 hours of supervised and alternative experiential learning. 

Upon completion of the program requirements, students receive a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics and verification statement to confirm their eligibility to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN). 

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Leverage comprehensive and science-based expertise in the nutrition and dietetics fields to educate appropriate stakeholders.
  • Integrate client/patient-centered principles and competent nutrition and dietetics practice to ensure positive outcomes.
  • Oversee and implement food systems management skills and principles to ensure safe and efficient food production and delivery.
  • Customize evidence-based, nutrition-focused programming and political advocacy to support positive outcomes ​for diverse communities/populations.
  • Use leadership, business management, and continuous quality improvement principles to guide practice and achieve operational goals.
  • Integrate evidence-informed practice, research principles, and critical thinking into practice.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors and effective communication in nutrition and dietetics interactions.

Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics

Master of Science

Foundation Courses *
DIET5030Introduction to Dietetics I **3
DIET5060Introduction to Dietetics II **3
Core Courses
DIET5350Nutrition for Health & Wellness Experience3
DIET5550Nutritional Counseling and Education Experience3
DIET5600Culinary Nutrition and Food Service Management5
DIET5700Current Topics in Nutrition Seminar **1
DIET6150Clinical Supervised Practice Experience I3
DIET6450Clinical Supervised Practice Experience II9
NUTR5100Macronutrients in Human Nutrition **3
NUTR5200Micronutrients in Human Nutrition **3
NUTR5300Nutrition for Health and Wellness **3
NUTR5500Nutritional Counseling and Education **3
NUTR6100Advanced Clinical Nutrition **3
NUTR6200Grantsmanship and Publication **3
NUTR6900Nutrition Capstone **3
RSCH5700Research and Inquiry **3
Total Credits48.0-54.0

Foundation courses are required for students without a DPD verification statement.


Courses may only be available online. Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course availability and for planning purposes.