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MS Dietetics

For registered dietitians who want to be leaders in health care administration.

Loyola University Chicago offers a unique opportunity to complete a Master of Science degree in Dietetics while simultaneously completing the Dietetic Internship. The program offers a health care administration focus, preparing professional, registered dietitians to design and implement systems that lead to desired health outcomes.

Our commitment to you

The Loyola Master of Science in Dietetics program graduated its first class in 1997 and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Faculty and preceptors are experts in their fields and hold national certifications in their areas of specialization. Most courses for the Master of Science in Dietetics are online or are provided in a hybrid format.

Upon graduation with a Master of Science degree in Dietetics from Loyola, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values necessary to take the registration exam for dietitians and work in the nutrition field:

Knowledge

Building on your knowledge as a registered dietitian, the Dietetics program introduces theories, models, and methods that are used to improve health care.

Skills

You will learn to redesign health care processes, use information technology, develop effective health care teams, coordinate care, and enact performance and outcome measurements, all essential methods of performance improvement in health care administration.

Professional Values

This program promotes ethical decision-making, social justice, and advocacy for underserved populations, consistent with Loyola's Jesuit traditions.

Curriculum

An updated curriculum will be available in the coming months. Please check back for updates.

Admission

  • A baccalaureate degree and a certificate of completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) from an ACEND-accredited program
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in baccalaureate courses
  • Acceptance in the Loyola Dietetic Internship as a current or incoming student, or current Registered Dietitian status
  • Evidence of completion of a course in statistics prior to admission to the MS in Dietetics program

Application Requirements

  • A completed application form
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and any graduate coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from a professional colleague or supervisor who has completed a master's degree or higher. If the applicant has been admitted to the dietetic internship within the last 12 months, the letters of recommendation that were submitted for the dietetic internship application may be used.
  • A statement of purpose describing your professional goals and reasons for pursuing an advanced degree
  • Current Registered Dietitian status as demonstrated by documentation from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

International Applicants

  • Either a TOEFL or IELTS score report is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. For the TOEFL, a score of at least 280 on the computer-based test or 650 on the written test is required. The minimum score for the new TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) is 114-115. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 7 is required.
  • International applicants must provide a transcript evaluation from the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, a transcript credentialing service for international schools.
  • Requirements for admission as a non-degree student consist of an application, application fee, statement of purpose, and transcripts.

All documents must be sent to Graduate Enrollment Management at the following address:

Graduate Enrollment Management
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200
Chicago, Illinois 60611 
Phone: (312) 915-8950 
E-mail: GradApp@luc.edu

Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.