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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

Department of Nutrional Sciences

College of Allied Health

Health Sciences Center


Educate and Empower

As chronic illnesses related to our diet rise, nutrition professionals are needed to help shape the way society views nutrition—the online Master of Arts in Nutritional Sciences from the O.U. College of Allied Health will deepen students' nutritional knowledge with advanced education, training, and research. The program allows currently registered dietitians to remain competitive with graduate-level nutritional sciences expertise.

While this program is not a pathway to becoming a Registered Dietitian, given the new Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requirement of a master’s degree to take the registration exam beginning in 2024, this program will help keep dietitians with a bachelor’s degree competitive in the workforce as more and more dietitians will have a master’s degree.  This program will provide students with specific information on specialty areas of dietetics, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, sport, medical nutrition therapy, diabetes, cancer, and weight management.


The online M.A. in Nutritional Sciences* program is 34 credits and can be completed in as little as 16 months with two starts per year in Fall and Spring. The program is a lock-step curriculum with 8-week or 16-week-long courses. Students will take no more than two courses at a time. 

Course sequence:

    Energy Nutrients

    Research Methods

    Adult Weight Management

    Nonenergy Nutrients

    Nutrition and Cancer

    Nutrition and Diabetes

    Nutritional Epidemiology

    Pediatric Nutrition

    Geriatric Nutrition

    Nutrition Support

    Sports Nutrition

    Capstone Summer


    100% Online

Admission Deadline:

    Rolling Admissions

Program Start Terms:

    Fall and Spring



Academic Excellence

Our curriculum has built-in coursework that will prepare students for the CDR certification exams. Some certification possibilities include the Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Nutrition Support Clinician, Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Gerontological Nutrition, Pediatric Nutrition, Oncology Nutrition, and the Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management.


Alumni Network

The College of Allied Health has educated thousands of clinicians, educators, scientists, and administrators in health care. Becoming a Sooner means connecting with some of the most sought-after alumni in health care. 



Strong Career Growth

The job market for dietitians and nutritionists is expected to expand by 15% by 2026, creating nearly 10,000 new positions. This program allows RDs and RDNs to remain competitive by obtaining a master’s degree. Students transitioning into the field will earn a master's degree, which the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require beginning in 2024 to sit for the RDN exam.

An Investment in Your Future

Tuition for the online M.A. in Nutritional Sciences is $21,998 for the entire program, including fees associated with the program.*

Once accepted into the M.A. in Nutritional Sciences program, students are required to submit a $100 nonrefundable deposit. This deposit will be applied to the first semester’s tuition, provided the student enrolls in the program.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Program Details

Admissions to the online M.A. in Nutritional Science program is selective. Prerequisites for the program are a 2.75 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in from an accredited college or university.  Additional admissions factors may include: work or service experience, demonstrated leadership potential, exceptional talents or skills, trends, or improvement in academic performance and undergraduate school performance, interviews (may be requested by the Department of Nutritional Sciences as needed), permission by Department of Nutritional Sciences if the applicants bachelor’s degree is in another field of study.

Applicants interested in the program are required to have:

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Successfully completed the following courses or equivalent: Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Human Physiology, and Introductory Nutrition.
  • Achieved a 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended.
  • Valid TOEFL exam score report (international students)

To apply for the online M.A. in Nutritional Science, applicants must submit:

  • A completed application online and application fee of $100
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement 
  • Official transcript from an accredited institution 
  • Interview, if requested
  • Valid TOEFL exam score report (international students)

The M.A. in Nutritional Sciences Admissions Committee respects the investment each person makes in applying to the program. Applications are evaluated on a rolling admissions basis, ensuring that each candidate receives a prompt response to their application. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks from the time a completed application is submitted.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form above and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

In general, University Tuition Waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs or courses. This includes, but is not limited to, Graduate Assistant Tuition Waivers and faculty/staff waivers. 

If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please contact the Online Aid office by emailing or calling at 405-325-2929.

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Program Contacts:

Enrollment Counselor:

Praveena Nagarajan
Phone: (405) 292-4776

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Dawn Horton
Student Program Coordinator