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What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework plus 1,200 hours of supervised practice must be completed

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online

What is the course format?

This hybrid program comprises online and on-campus work. At least 50% of the coursework will be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: January 15 (students who have an undergraduate degree with a verification statement from an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD))
  • Fall: May 15 - (students who have an undergraduate degree without a DPD verification statement)
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit
Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions

Health Sciences, Nutrition, M.S. Coordinated Program

Talk to enrollment coach
LaToya and Moisés
Enrollment Coaches

Talk to a faculty member
Jessica Todd, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.
Program Coordinator

Registered dieticians are in high demand. Jobs in the field are expected to grow faster than average in the coming nine years. Georgia and the greater Atlanta area are among the top five nationally for concentration of jobs for dieticians and nutritionists.*

The hybrid master of science in health sciences and a concentration in nutrition coordinated program is right for you if you want to study nutrition and become a registered dietitian.

Our hybrid students take online courses, a few on-campus courses and 1200 hours of supervised practice. You can study full-time or part-time.

If you have an undergraduate nutrition degree and a verification statement that you completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics, your program can be completed in fewer semesters. If you studied something else as an undergrad, you will still have a very engaging experience as a graduate student and a rewarding career in nutrition and dietetics: you will take a few extra semesters of classes.

Georgia State is in rare company: There are only a few ACEND-accredited programs in the Southeast. The accreditation is important because it is required in order for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to grant students the status of registered dietitian after all requirements are met. We have a strong reputation in the area with our preceptors: our students do well and are in demand as new graduates.

*Job growth metrics from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook


Program Highlights

100 percent of students complete the program on time

100 percent graduate employment rate

98 percent pass rate on the national examination for registered dietitians

Program Details


Prerequisites for students without a DPD verification statement (students who have not completed an undergraduate program in dietetics).

Prerequisite courses will take a minimum of three semesters to complete. NOTE: CHEM 1211K is a prerequisite for CHEM 1212K and BIOL 2110K. CHEM 1212K is a prerequisite for CHEM 2400 and CHEM 2100.

Inorganic Chemistry (2 semesters): (CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K or equivalent)

Organic Chemistry (1 semester): (CHEM 2400 and CHEM 2100 or equivalent)

Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 semesters): (BIOL 2110K and BIOL 2120K or GSU BIOL 2107K, BIOL 2108K, BIOL 3240 and BIOL 3250 or equivalent)

Principles of Nutrition (1 semester): (NUTR 2100 or equivalent)

One course in Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology (ANTH 1102, PSYC 1101, SOCI 1101 or equivalent)

NOTE: Online laboratory courses will not be accepted.

Coursework in Human Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition and Inorganic and Organic Chemistry must not be more than 10 years old at the time of admission.

Grade Point Average >3.0. is required for all coursework completed prior to the application.

Health Sciences Core (9)
SNHP 6000 Research Methods for the Health and Human Science Professions (3)
SNHP 8000 Trends Affecting Health Policies, Practices and Laws (3)
SNHP 8010 Leadership and Ethics in Healthcare (3)

Specialization Curriculum (41)
NUTR 6001 Supervised Practice I (3)
NUTR 6002 Supervised Practice II (3)
NUTR 6003 Supervised Practice III (3)
NUTR 6004 Supervised Practice IV (3)
NUTR 6005 Supervised Practice V (3)
NUTR 6006 Supervised Practice VI (3)
NUTR 6011 Orientation to Practice I (1)
NUTR 6012 Orientation to Practice II (1)
NUTR 6101 Nutrition Research Methods (3)
NUTR 6102 Nutrition Intervention (3)
NUTR 6104 Advanced Normal Nutrition (3)
NUTR 6300 Nutrition Counseling Skills(3)
NUTR 7108 Nutrition Assessment(3)
NUTR 7280 Nutritional Genomics (3)
NUTR 7101 Nutrition Issues (3) or NUTR 6150 Culinary Medicine in Clinical Practice (3) or CNHP 7800 Interprofessional Collaboration for Advanced Practice (3) or comparable course approved by CP advisor

Capstone Option (6 minimum)
Thesis Option: Students will take NUTR 7999 Thesis. A minimum of two semesters at three credits each must be completed. Students must be enrolled in thesis credit each semester they continue to work on completion of the requirements for thesis research and must be registered for thesis in the semester of graduation.

Nonthesis Options:
Project – Students will take NUTR 7990 Master’s Project A minimum of two semesters at three credits each must be completed.
Coursework – Students must take three courses at three credits each. Courses are defined in specialty areas which may include but are not limited to geriatrics, pediatrics, public health and sports.
Comprehensive examination – Students will take NUTR 7500 Comprehensive Examination for three credits in the semester of graduation. Students who select the comprehensive examination option will be required to take one additional three-credit elective course.

Courses required by the program beyond degree requirements
This section includes courses that can be satisfied in an undergraduate curriculum and additional practice hours beyond the typical institutional requirements for the M.S. degree.

NUTR 6150 Food Science I (4)
NUTR 6105 Life Cycle Nutrition(3)
NUTR 7200 Nutrition and Disease (3)
NUTR 7250 Medical Nutrition Laboratory (1)
NUTR 6500 Macronutrients (3)
NUTR 6700 Micronutrients (3)
HADM 3401 Food Production and Service Management(2)
HADM 3402 Food Production Lab (1)
Electives – one to three courses at three-credits each depending upon track and capstone selection

For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

The Coordinated Program prepares entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists to serve a culturally diverse population through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being, and serve the profession and community through leadership.

The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) provides quality service based on customer expectations and needs.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) applies, participates in or generates research to enhance practice.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) effectively applies knowledge and communicates with others.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) uses resources effectively and efficiently.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) systematically evaluates the quality of services and improves practice based on evaluation results.
The registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) engages in lifelong learning.

The Coordinated Program requires additional hours for students who enter the program prior to meeting the undergraduate coursework required for a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (For more information on the DPD requirement, visit: The Coordinated Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Ste. 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-5995, (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400. Program outcomes data are available on request by contacting The Coordinated Program has full accreditation through 2026.

Academy membership is required upon admission to the Coordinated Program.



Alumni work for major healthcare, industry or educational institutions and become registered dietitians with specialties in adult or pediatric care, sports nutrition or long-term care, nutrition professors or clinical instructors, community or school nutritionists, or nutrition research and development specialists.


General Questions

LaToya and Moisés
Enrollment Coaches

Curriculum Inquiries

Jessica Todd, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.
Program Coordinator

Mailing Address:
Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3995
Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

140 Decatur Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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