Nutrition and Dietetics

Saint Louis University’s graduate program in nutrition and dietetics will prepare you to be a competent, compassionate dietetic professional.

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About the Program

Students in SLU’s nutrition and dietetics master’s program choose from four concentrations. You can also choose to pursue a dual degree with a Master of Science in nutrition and dietetics and a Master of Public Health.

Three Concentrations

Nutrition and Physical Performance

This program is designed for professionals who have a baccalaureate degree in an allied health field. Coursework focuses on nutrition, health promotion, prevention, physiology and cardiovascular fitness. (View the curriculum.)

Medical Dietetics

This program is designed for professionals who have a baccalaureate degree in an allied health field. Coursework focuses in the areas of education, administration and counseling as they apply to nutrition care. (View the curriculum.)

Culinary Entrepreneurship

The program is designed for professionals who have a baccalaureate degree in nutrition and culinary experience. Coursework focuses on nutrition, sustainable food systems, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and organizational management. (View the curriculum.)

Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

The program is designed for who are not registered dietitians who have a background in culinary arts and business aspirations. Course work focuses on combining culinary practice and business courses with nutrition, to encourage new product development, business planning and entrepreneurship. (View the curriculum.)

Dual Degrees

Students can earn a master of public health and master of science in nutrition and dietetics through SLU’s dual MPH/M.S. program.

Program Highlights

SLU’s graduate nutrition and dietetics curriculum builds upon a strong foundation in the sciences and includes unique aspects such as the investigation of nutrition topics in the media, the study of ethnic meal patterns and hands-on exposure in clinical, culinary and management settings. Courses include classroom, lab and community experiences. Studying abroad is possible for students through planning with their academic advisers.

Curriculum and Program Details

Master’s students in SLU’s in nutrition and dietetic program choose from four emphases: culinary entrepreneurship (30 credit hours), food innovation and entrepreneurship (30 credit hours), medical dietetics (31 credit hours) and nutrition and physical performance (30 credit hours).

You can pursue either full-time or part-time study in any of the master's emphases. Most classes are offered in the late afternoon or during evening hours, allowing you to work and attend classes. All of the emphases options require research, submission of results to a journal and satisfactory completion of a comprehensive oral examination.

Careers
After graduating with a master’s in nutrition and dietetics, you can work as a chef/certified culinarian, consultant or registered dietitian.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Learn about scholarships and financial aid at Student Financial Services.

Applicant Criteria

Most admitted students possess above-average GPA, sufficient GRE scores and sufficient TOEFL scores (for international applicants).

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements
Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Résumé
Interview
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

U.S. students should apply for the fall semester by July 1, and for the spring semester by Nov. 1. International students should apply for the fall semester by May 1, and for the spring semester by Oct. 1.

Students should apply for the summer program by April 1.

Students who want to be considered for assistantships should apply by March 31.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a committee of nutrition and dietetic department faculty members.


Accreditation

Accredited by the ACEND

SLU’s program in dietetics and its supervised practice program (dietetic internship) at Saint Louis University is currently granted accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).