Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences | Dietitian Education Program Track

Nutrition Sciences Department 3The Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Dietitian Education Program track is a coordinated program with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). It is one of several tracks offered for the Master of Science in Nutrition.

The track provides a path for students who have decided to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Students completing the program receive the Master of Science degree and a verification certificate, granting them eligibility to sit for the examination to become an RDN. Students interested in this program may also consider pursuing a Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention track with a Dietitian Education Program Graduate Certificate. Learn more about the Master of Science in Nutrition, Dietitian Education program.


Program Accreditation

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s MS in Nutrition Sciences, Dietitian Education Program track has been granted Candidate status by:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Students enrolled in the Dietitian Education Program are considered graduates of an accredited program upon successful completion.

Certifications and Licensures

The Dietitian Education Program is designed to lead to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). While there is a national professional exam, The Registered Dietitian Nutrition Examination, associated with the RDN designation, specific licensure requirements still vary from state to state. UAB is working to develop an online, publicly accessible database to assist in providing this state-by-state information. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please contact the specific Program Manager or UAB State Authorization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for general information. More information on RDN state licensure can be found on the Commission on Dietetic Registration website.


Prerequisites for Admission and Program Curriculum

A complete list of prerequisites and courses are available in the UAB Graduate Catalog.

Students must have completed the following UAB programs and/or equivalent courses from another institution:

Nutrition courses:

  • NTR 222 Nutrition and Health (3 hours)
  • NTR 232 Lifecycle Nutrition (3 hours)
  • NTR 320 Nutrition and the Consumer (3 hours)
  • NTR 330 Nutrition and Metabolism (3 hours)
  • NTR 420 Nutritional Genetics (3 hours)
  • NTR 421 Nutrition Assessment and the Nutrition Care Process (3 hours)

Core science courses:

  • Biology or Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Microbiology

The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Bioenergetics, offered by the UAB School of Education, meets the above prerequisite requirements.


Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the United States
  • Completion of 18 hours in the UAB undergraduate minor in Nutrition Sciences or comparable courses from another institution and completion of other prerequisite courses
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In some instances, students may be considered for probationary admission where applicants do not meet the GPA requirements for admission.
  • Three letters of recommendations
  • A personal statement
  • An interview

Application Process

Admission is for the fall semester only. Apply through the UAB Graduate School application or visit the UAB Graduate School website for more information about the application process. The application deadline is May 15.

There are three specific program areas of emphasis: lifestyle & community wellness, diabetes practice, or translation research in obesity or cancer. Please indicate your first and second preference in the place identified when applying for the Dietitian Education Program. The Dietitian Education Program specific program area of emphasis will be assigned according to the availability of supervised practice sites.


Career Paths and Job Opportunities

Many students pursuing the Master of Science in Nutrition, Dietitian Education program want to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). RDNs provide food and nutrition expertise in hospitals, schools, government agencies, private practices, and other settings.

There are many other career options in Nutrition besides becoming an RDN. Students may pursue careers in sports nutrition, corporate wellness, pharmaceutical, or research.


Related Programs

Dietitian Education Program Graduate Certificate

MS in Nurtition Sciences, Lifestyle Management & Disease Prevention Track

MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clincal Track - Prior Learning

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PhD in Nutrition Sciences

Undergraduate Minor in Nutrition Sciences