Grand Valley State University's Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics program is an innovative program taught by nationally recognized faculty. The M.S. is part of Grand Valley's School of Interdisciplinary Health within the College of Health Professions

Our coordinated graduate program is a 27-seat cohort model that starts each Fall, is full-time, over the course of five semesters, and consists of 52-55 credits with 1200 hours of supervised practice.

Supervised practice sites are coordinated for students by faculty/supervised practice coordinators. Classes are taught using the online hybrid model, with some in-seat meetings and laboratory experiences.

Upon successful completion, this program awards a Master of Science Degree and a verification statement that provides eligibility to sit for the registration exam leading to the RDN credential. 

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Median Annual Wage

Source: EMSI, 2020

Career Outlook

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Compensation and Benefits Survey 2021, for the dietetics profession, the median full-time salary of all RDNs equates to $70,000 per year. As with any profession, salaries vary by region of the country, employment settings, scope of responsibility, specialization, and experience. Salaries increase based on years of experience and RDNs in various settings such as business and industry may earn incomes above $90,000. For more information, see the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2021 Compensation and Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession.

“According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietitians is projected to grow 8% from 2019-2029, much faster than average for all occupations, because of the increased emphasis on the role of food and nutrition in preventing and treating diseases, a growing and aging population and public interest in nutrition.”

Source: 2023 © Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Skills Employers Want

The Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job postings.

  • Dietetics
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Food Services
  • Pediatrics
  • Nutrition Intervention
  • Nutrition Diagnosis
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Research
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Customer Service
  • Computer Literacy
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Presentations
  • Communications

Source: EMSI, 2020

Why Study Clinical Dietetics at Grand Valley?

  • Accredited. The Coordinated Graduate Program at Grand Valley State University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-5400.
  • Experiential Learning. Hands-on work in state-of-the-art facilities, including simulation, nutrition assessment, and culinary lab experiences.
  • In-Demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase 15% by 2026.
  • Career-focused. Healthcare professionals with advanced degrees tend to attain a higher profile within the profession.
  • Return on Investment. According to the 2021 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Compensation and Benefits Report Survey, the median annual salary for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) with a master's degree is $70,000.

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited coordinated graduate at Grand Valley State University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

For more information about educational pathways to become an RDN please visit

Application Timeline

Apply by January 15, 2024 for a seat in the Fall 2024 Cohort.

Timeline for application review: Review of applications begins after January 15.
Early submission is highly recommended.

Application reviews, notification of interviews, and interviews begin January 15th and continue until all 27 seats are filled for the Fall semester.


The Clinical Dietetics M.S. application deadline is January 15. The $30 application fee is waived if you’ve already applied to Grand Valley. Visit our program requirements page for details.

GVSU Clinical Dietetics requires all prerequisite courses to be completed with LETTER (A, B, C) or NUMERICAL (4.0, 3.0, 2.0)  grades.  Prerequisite courses completed with Pass/Fail or Credit/No credit will not fulfill the program’s admissions requirements.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite Completion Form (pdf)


The Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics consists of:

  • 52-55 credits

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Awards of credit for prior learning experiences are not yet available for the Clinical Dietetics program.

Visit the online catalog for detailed information and the course requirements.

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For information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.

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