Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics


The M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program at NIU is designed to prepare you for work in community nutrition as a registered dietitian in public or private health organizations in county, state and government agencies or as patient-care dietitians in hospitals and other health-care settings. This program also sets you up for success in a doctoral programs.

Your coursework will focus on both prevention and treatment of nutrition-related diseases, with courses topics including maternal and infant nutrition, geriatric nutrition, obesity and eating disorders and counseling skills and strategies. Courses outside the discipline include topics in behavior change and the health care system.

To become a registered dietitian you’ll need to complete a dietetic internship, and our program helps you get the experience through one of more than 45 practicum sites. You’ll have the opportunity to work in medical clinics, nursing homes, wellness and health promotion sites, diabetes education and business sites throughout northern Illinois.

A Certificate of Graduate Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity is available and taught 100 percent online.