M.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition for RDNs

UAA Future Graduate (FG) Program

Welcome to the UAA Master of Science (M.S.) in Dietetics and Nutrition program. (Note: if you are a Pre-RDN student interested in obtaining a Dietetics and Nutrition Master's degree, please visit the M.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition for Pre-RDNs page.)

The M.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition program provides the education requirements for entry-level practice as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) for applicants who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a DPD verification statement (or the required prerequisite coursework) from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).  Brand new in Fall 2021, the M.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition is a graduate Future Education Model (FG) program that integrates the required coursework with supervised experiential learning (SEL) in one accredited program.  Graduates of this program are eligible to take the national registration exam for dietitians.  The FG program is accredited by ACEND.

Alternatively, the program provides additional study in dietetics and nutrition for Registered Dietitians (RDs)/Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) currently registered through the Commission on Dietetic Registration.  This is a didactic only track.

The M.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition is an online program for the required classes.  The supervised experiential learning rotations are currently only based in Alaska.  Reliable computer and internet access are required.  Some online classes have required meeting times.  For more information about the technology that is needed to participate in the online program see the Online Class Requirements.

Admission Requirements

  1. All applicants are required to submit an online application to UAA Office of Admissions with all required documents by the posted deadlines. 
  2. Satisfy admission requirements for graduate degrees:
    a. Awarded a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution (submission of an official transcript showing conferral of a bachelor’s degree is required prior to starting the program)
    b. Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Copy of current RD/RDN credential from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  4. Letter of application, addressing the following items:
    1. Significant professional or volunteer responsibilities you have held,
    2. Professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in this program,
    3. Strengths that will help you succeed in this program and in reaching your professional goals,
    4. Personal interests in research and dietetics and nutrition,
    5. Research is required for all students in this program, either through a graduate project or thesis.  List the top two choices of DN faculty member you would most like to work with for academic advising. The DN faculty professional and research interests are as follows:
      1.  Dr. Carrie King (cdking@alaska.edu, 907-786-6597):  evidence-based practice, research involvement, research capacity building, research self-efficacy, profession of dietetics, dietetics education, practice-based research, culinary medicine, culinary literacy, pediatric nutrition, diabetes
      2. Dr. Amanda Walch (akwalch@alaska.edu, 907-786-1362): diet quality, community-based participatory research (CBPR), public health, traditional foods, food security, nutrition education, nutrition counseling
      3. Dr. Leslie Redmond (lcredmond@alaska.edu, 907-786-4490): obesity and chronic disease prevention, multilevel interventions, nutrition and physical activity, food access, food policy, health equity, psychosocial studies, social determinants of health, Indigenous health, public health
    6. Provide any previous names your application materials may be submitted under.
  5. Current resume or CV, including documentation of the following:
    1. Paid work experience(s)
    2. Volunteer or community service experience(s)
    3. Professional organization membership(s)
  6. Two letters of recommendation that meet the following criteria:
    1. Letters must address prior academic, work or volunteer experience, with evidence of ability and willingness to work productively.
    2. Individuals who are qualified to address your professional, volunteer or academic experience and abilities.
    3. Written by a non-personal reference (i.e., not a family friend) and non-UAA DN faculty.
    4. When you complete your application using the online process through the UAA Office of Admissions, you will enter the contact information for your references.  References will recieve an email with a link and form to complete.
  7. A video interview presentation is required.  Provide the URL to your video presentation in the letter of application (indicate if there is any type of password required for access).  It is highly recommended that you have someone verify that your video is accessible from a user/computer other than yourself.
  • Video Interview Instructions

    As part of the application process you are required to provide a video recorded interview presentation addressing specific questions. This provides the DN faculty an opportunity to learn more about you.  The presentation must meet the following requirements:

      1. Must be accessible via the internet. You may limit viewers, but access must be given to the DN faculty. An unlisted link on You Tube is one easy option for providing web access to the video while still limiting access. The link will only be provided to the Selection Committee members.
      2. The presentation must not exceed 7 minutes in length.
      3. Professional video quality is not expected; the type of quality obtainable from a mobile device is sufficient. You will want to make sure the audio is clearly heard and understood.
      4. The video must contain your own image and voice.
      5. The video must address each of the questions below.

    Questions to address in your presentation:

    a. Briefly introduce yourself to the committee.

      1. What made you choose to major in Dietetics?
      2. What strengths or skills will you bring to the graduate program and the profession?
      3. What is an area in which you feel you need further growth or development?
      4. How do you feel your volunteer and/or work experience will help you be successful in the graduate program?
      5. What motivates you to put forth your best effort?
      6. Tell us about a significant accomplishment you’ve had and what made it meaningful.
      7. Is there anything else you would like to ask us or share with us?
  • Calendar for Applying to Program

    Action

    When

    1. Review admission materials from the UAA Office of Admissions and the Dietetics and Nutrition graduate program.  

    As early as possible.

    2. Apply for UAA graduate school admission through the UAA Office of Admissions and submit all required application materials. 

    April 15 For fall semester start in the Current RDN track
    Nov 15 For spring semester start in the Current RDN track

    3. Notice of DN graduate program admission decision e-mailed to applicant

    Within four weeks of application deadline

    4.Requests for consideration of transfer credit:  

    Note: Courses that were applied towards an undergraduate degree cannot be applied to the MS Dietetics and Nutrition.  

    Send an e-mail to the DN graduate program director with the following information

    1. Specific transfer course you are requesting be considered and which UAA course this could be applied to.
    2. Course descriptions for transfer course and UAA course this would be applied to.
    3. Course syllabus for the transfer course(s).

    Before first meeting with DN graduate program director following acceptance into the program.

     

     

  • After Admission

    Upon successful admission, prior to starting coursework, an advising meeting with assigned academic advisor is required.

For information about financial aid, scholarships and loan deferments contact the UAA Financial Aid office.
For additional information about scholarships see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.