Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
This is a two-year, full-time Coordinated Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Program, located on our Pleasantville campus, which offers students the unique opportunity to simultaneously complete both a Master’s degree and the 1200** hours of didactic and supervised practice (internship) requirements needed to sit for the Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) exam.
The RD (also known as RDN) is the most widely recognized national and international credential for practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics. The RD qualifies students for employment in a variety of food and nutrition-related positions. Beginning in 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) the credentialing organization for RDs, will require a Master’s degree for entry level practice in dietetics, also known as Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN).
Graduates of Pace’s M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics may immediately sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) examination. Passing the exam qualifies them to attain entry-level or higher-level employment in a variety of settings, like:
- Acute care/inpatient nutrition
- Ambulatory care, long-term care
- Community and public health nutrition programs (food banks, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC Program, school meal programs, etc.)
- Health and wellness programs (corporate wellness, fitness center programs, community wellness programs, etc.)
- Food and nutrition management (culinary, restaurant management, entrepreneurship, etc.)
- Nutrition counseling (private practice, outpatient counseling, clinics, etc.)
- The food and nutrition industry (brand management, recipe development, marketing, advertising)
- Nutrition education (programs for at-risk populations, farmers markets, schools, corporations)
- Nutrition/health journalism (developing content for websites, newspapers, editing, etc.)
- Epidemiology/research (academic, foundations, corporate- or government-sponsored research (NIH).
- Entrepreneurial jobs (starting a food and nutrition company or service, partnering with other dietitians to provide a product or service)
Students may also choose to apply for the Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) credential, which is a credential recognized in New York State.
*Program outcomes will be made available upon request.
**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACEND has issued a temporary reduction in the required number of hours from 1200 hours to 1000 hours which will remain in effect thru June 2022.
Pace University’s (College of Health Professions) Coordinated Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Program has been granted candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (800) 877-1600 x5400, Email: ACEND@eatright.org. http://www.eatrightpro.org/ACEND.