SUNY Oneonta

Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Dietetics

(Online Combined Master’s Degree and Dietetic Internship Program)

Department of Human Ecology

Department phone number: (607) 436-2705

M.S.–N+D Program phone number: (607) 436-2808



Faculty: Theresa Loomis, Program Director, Jennifer Bueche, Mary Ann Dowdell, Kristen Hilpert, Oscar Oberkircher

Program purposes and outcomes: Graduate Student Interns who successfully complete this full-time three-semester online program will earn a M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and be eligible to take the national examination to become a Registered Dietitian. The online Combined Master’s Degree and Dietetic Internship Program (M.S.–N+D Program), which emphasizes community nutrition and a culminating community health intervention project is a non-thesis masters program (36 credits) which includes 1220 hours of supervised practice hours. The program is designed to provide students with the expected clinical care, food service management, and other skills and competencies that the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has established for entry-level practitioners. Students will gain experience in providing nutrition care and education for individual clients and communities to prevent or treat conditions such as heart disease, cancer and obesity.

Up to 20 graduate student interns are selected annually. Students of the SUNY Oneonta's undergraduate didactic program in dietetics have the option of participating in a Pre-select Option. Those students wishing to be considered in the Pre-select Option apply in the fall of their senior year. These students are notified of their acceptance in February of their senior year. In the event a student is not accepted to the SUNY Oneonta's Online Combined Master's Degree and Dietetic Internship Program, they still have time to proceed to the national application process. In the national application process, applications are due in early February and graduate student interns are notified of the admission decision in April. Graduate student interns begin their program in the summer with the start of the first summer session (typically early June). Students are required to attend an on-campus orientation (4 days) just prior to the start of the first summer session. The program is three-semesters in length; equivalent to 12 months and finishes the following spring semester (Mid-May).

The online M.S.–N+D Program permits students to remain in their own communities while completing a graduate program that includes required supervised practice hours. Students who apply must provide evidence that they have daily access to a computer, the Internet, and have identified Registered Dietitian preceptors and health-care and facilities willing to provide a learning environment and preceptors. All required courses will be accessed online through ANGEL, an online learning environment and a course delivery system supported through the Academic Information Technology Services Department.

Additional information about the online M.S.–N+D Program and application materials are available from the Program website at

Admission Requirements

All students applying for admission to the M.S.–N+D Program are required to:

  1. Submit a completed Graduate degree application and Program Application packet (application process and checklist posted on the M.S.–N+D Program website) with a non-refundable $125 fee. In addition to the Graduate degree application, the Program Application packet includes the following forms which must be submitted by the applicant:
    1. AND’s Standard Supervised Practice Application form (2 copies)
    2. Letter of Application (2 copies)
    3. Preceptor/Facility Information Form (2 copies)
    4. Memorandum of Understanding for Primary Preceptor (1 copy)
    5. Memorandum of Understanding for Secondary Preceptor (1 copy)
    6. Memorandum of Understanding for Additional Preceptors (1 copy for each additional preceptor)
    7. 3 Letters of Recommendation (2 copies)
    8. "Intent to Complete" or "Verification of Completion" (1 copy)
    9. Official transcripts from all Colleges attended (2 copies)
    10. Technology Requirements
    11. Green card for non-citizen residents

Admission is competitive, and meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee acceptance. Preference for admission will be given to applicants who are committed to becoming Registered Dietitians and who have:

  • Developed the ability and willingness to assume considerable responsibility for their own learning
  • Demonstrated the ability to solve problems and work and communicate effectively with others
  • Demonstrated a commitment to community service and/or service-learning
  • A strong academic record that provides ample evidence of the applicant’s ability to complete both supervised practice and graduate work successfully. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required for acceptance into the program.

The online M.S.–N+D Program participates in DED Digital. Information regarding submission procedures is posted on the program website.

M.S. Nutrition and Dietetics Program Requirements

  1. The M.S.–N+D Program includes a mandatory 4-day orientation on Oneonta’s campus one week prior to the start of the program. Orientation is anticipated to take place the last week in May. The 4-day orientation will provide students an opportunity to orient to the online environment and any additional technology that will be utilized in the instruction of online courses.
  2. Students must maintain a minimum of a "B" in each course to continue in the program.
  3. Students must satisfactorily complete all supervised practice hours and ACEND competencies each semester.

All College policies and procedures found in this Graduate Catalog will apply to students enrolled in the online M.S.-Nutrition and Dietetics Program.

Degree Requirements: M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics

(Online Combined Master’s Degree and Dietetic Internship Program)

Curriculum/Supervised Practice Hours

First Semester (Summer)

NUTR 547 Interviewing Strategies

3 s.h.

Includes 20 hours of supervised practice.


NUTR 550 Nutrition Assessment & Intervention

3 s.h.

NUTR 551 Applied Nutrition Assessment & Intervention

3 s.h.

Includes 240 hours of supervised practice.


NUTR 548 Research Methods

3 s.h.


Total 260 supervised practice hours / 12 s.h.

Second Semester (Fall)

NUTR 555 Advanced Nutrition Therapy

3 s.h.

NUTR 556 Applied Nutrition Therapy

3 s.h.

Includes 416 hours of supervised practice.


NUTR 580 Service Learning Project Proposal

3 s.h.

Includes 80 hours of supervised practice.


NUTR 590 Current Issues in Dietetics

3 s.h.


Total 496 supervised practice hours / 12 s.h.

Third Semester (Spring)

FOOD 570 Advanced Foodservice Systems Management

3 s.h.

FOOD 571 Applied Foodservice Systems Management


Includes 240 hours of supervised practice.


NUTR 581 Service Learning Project

3 s.h.

Includes 80 hours of supervised practice.


NUTR 545 Nutrition in the Community

3 s.h.

Includes 144 hours of supervised practice.



Total 464 supervised practice hours / 12 s.h.


Program Total 1220 supervised practice hours / 36 s.h.

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