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M.S. in Clinical Nutrition

Delve into nutrition science, research, and culture and diversity in health care.

Immaculata’s Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition is a 30-credit program designed for individuals who:

  • Are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and are seeking to expand their knowledge.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and wish to advance their nutrition expertise without the RDN credential, pursuing careers in research, industry, non-profit service and more.

Flexible course offerings and optional electives provide a fulfilling, personalized learning experience. Applied nutrition courses allow you to study areas relevant to your professional development goals, such as:

  • Eating disorders
  • Diabetes management
  • Gut health
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Sports nutrition

At A Glance

Program: Master of Science
Audience: Graduate students
Format: Online
Next Start Date: August 26, 2024
Cost: $710/credit
Time to Completion 1-2 years (3-5 semesters)

“Immaculata offered a simple, straight-forward approach to earning my master’s degree in nutrition. Small class sizes allowed me to form lasting relationships with my professors, and the nurturing environment provided the support I needed to grow, develop and excel while pursuing my degree. All of my Immaculata experiences honed my leadership, communication and counseling skills. Because of Immaculata, I now embrace being a lifelong learner in the field of dietetics and am privileged to be a dedicated and compassionate professional in service to patients, their families and those with whom I work.”

Christine Sullivan
Pediatric Dietitian at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Opportunities and Outcomes

Career Outlook 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for dietitians and nutritionists is expected to grow 7% over the next decade, faster than the average for all occupations, and the median salary is $69,680 per year.

Program Highlights
  • Learn from faculty who have real-world experience in clinical practice, research and nutrition education.
  • Choose from special topics courses to fulfill your professional development goals. Explore optional electives in psychology, business or health care management.
  • Take classes 100% online, with most courses offered asynchronously to give you the flexibility to complete coursework on your schedule.
  • Complete a capstone project focused on real-world experiences and personalized to fit your goals and interests.
  • Financial aid and a limited number of graduate assistantships are available.
Course Overview

Complete the 30 credits required for this program on a three-semester schedule or five-semester schedule.

Three Terms

Pre-Summer – 6 credits

  • GEN 501 – Human Development (3 cr)
  • NED 513 – Culture & Diversity in Health Care Practice (1 cr)
  • NED 511 – Nutrition Assessment (1 cr)
  • Special Topic (1 cr)

Fall Year 1 – 12 credits

  • NED 647 – Advanced Nutrition & Metabolism (3 cr)
  • NED 645 – Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 cr)
  • GEN 506 – Interprofessional Research (3 cr)
  • NED 680 – Principles of Nutrition Education (3 cr)

Spring Year 1 – 12 credits

  • NED 655 – Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 cr)
  • NED 691 – Nutrition Capstone (3 cr)
  • Special Topics and/or Electives (6 cr)

Total credits: 30

Five Terms

Pre-Summer – 5 credits

  • GEN 501 – Human Development (3 cr)
  • NED 513 – Culture & Diversity in Health Care Practice (1 cr)
  • NED 511 – Nutrition Assessment (1 cr)

Fall Year 1 – 6 credits

  • NED 645 – Medical Nutrition Therapy I (3 cr)
  • GEN 506 – Interprofessional Research (3 cr)

Spring Year 1 – 3-8 credits

  • NED 655 – Medical Nutrition Therapy II (3 cr)
  • Special Topics and/or Electives (0-5 cr)*

Summer Year 1 – 0-5 credits

  • Special Topics and/or Electives (0 -5 cr)

Fall Year 2 – 6 credits

  • NED 647 – Advanced Nutrition & Metabolism (3 cr)
  • NED 680 – Principles of Nutrition Education (3 cr)

Spring Year 2 – 5 credits

  • NED 691 – Nutrition Capstone (3 cr)
  • Special Topics (2 cr)

Total credits: 30

*A minimum of 5 credits must be maintained in the Fall and Spring Semesters to be eligible for financial aid.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to submitting the admissions materials required for master’s programs, please submit a verification statement from a Didactic Program in Dietetics or evidence of a current RDN credential.

Contact

Jessica Burfield

Director, MS Clinical Nutrition & Dietetic Internship Program

Faculty Center Room 32
484-323-3482
Woman in apron behind pile of fresh fruit and vegetables

Alumni Spotlight

Audrey Caspar-Clark, a registered dietitian at Penn Radiation Oncology and the Abramson Cancer Center, earned her master’s degree at Immaculata and appreciated the flexibility and support she received.

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