Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics at Grand Valley

Grand Valley State University's Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics program is an innovative program taught by nationally recognized faculty. Track A and B in the M.S. are part of Grand Valley's Department of Allied Health Sciences and College of Health Professions.

Track A is a 49 to 52 credit coordinated graduate program designed for those who need supervised practice. Classes are taught using the hybrid model, with some in-seat laboratory experiences during the first and second semester of the program. Upon successful completion, this program provides eligibility to sit for the registration exam leading to the RDN credential. 

Track B is a part-time, 39 to 42 credit hybrid program designed especially for credentialed Registered Dietitians (RDs) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who desire a master’s degree. The program enables working professionals to build on their broad knowledge and attain deeper comprehension and skill in practice, allowing them to be more competitive in practice now and in the future.

Timeline for Track A review: January 15 – Application Submission

         February 1 – Notification of candidates selected for an interview

         March 15 – Notification of admission decisions

Track B is now accepting applications for Winter 2019. Application deadline is December 1.

Academic and Program Calendar



Program Mission

The mission of the program is to develop high-potential students into exceptional masters’ prepared registered dietitian/ nutritionists who positively impact the health of their clients, profession, and communities.


Prepare graduates to become competent, entry-level registered dietitian/ nutritionists to meet employment needs for the state and nation.


Prepare graduates who are committed to their community and profession.


Objective for Program Goal #1:

  • Over a five-year period, at least 60% of the program graduates will be employed as RDNs in the state of Michigan.
  • Of graduates who seek employment, at least 80% percent are employed in nutrition and dietetics or related fields within 12 months of graduation
  • 100% percent of program graduates take the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists within 12 months of program completion.
  • At least 80% of program students complete program/degree requirements within three years (150% of the program length).
  • The program’s one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 85%.  
  • Employer satisfaction with graduate preparation for entry-level practice will be rated at least a three out of five on the employer survey.

Objective for Program Goal #2:

  • Over a five-year period, at least 50%of the graduates will indicate on an alumni survey that they have served the profession of dietetics in a leadership position including tasks such as committee work (involving food and nutrition) and/or serving as a preceptor.

Why Study Clinical Dietetics at Grand Valley?

  • Accredited. The Coordinated Graduate Program (Track A) at Grand Valley State University is now accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to take students! 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, nutritional assessment, and human performance laboratories.
  • In-Demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates employment opportunities are expected to increase 20% from 2010 to 2020; faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Career-focused. Health care professionals with advanced degrees tend to attain a higher profile within the profession.
  • Return on Investment. According to the 2017 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Compensation and Benefits Report, a clinical nutrition manager with a master's degree earns on an average of $5000 more per year than RDN with a bachelor's degree.


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:


Clinical Dietetics program outcomes are available upon request.

Courses Offered

The Track A Clinical Dietetics program is 49 to 52 credits. See the Track A course list.

The Track B Clinical Dietetics program is 39 to 42 credits. See the Track B course list.


The Clinical Dietetics M.S. application deadline is January 15 for Track A and December 1 for Track B. The $30 application fee is waived for previous applicants of Grand Valley.

View the Admission Requirements for Clinical Dietetics



For more 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.

Interested in Learning more about the Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics program?

Join us for a Tour & Discussion Session!

Clinical Dietetics will be offering tours/discussion sessions for prospective students throughout the year. The tour will last approximately 1 hour and will include viewing our lab facilities, classrooms, and library areas of the Cook-DeVos Health Sciences building. Prospective students will hear more about our program's highlights and have an opportunity to have their questions answered. Tour groups are limited to 7 participants, and pre-registration is required. All tours will begin in the Cook-DeVos (CHS) building lobby. Parking passes are available for non-GVSU registrants and will be emailed approximately one week prior to the scheduled tour. Click here to reserve your spot.

Tour/Discussion Dates for the 2018-19 Academic Year
All tours take place on Thursdays at 11:00 AM.

See Events for dates and to sign up.

Page last modified November 30, 2018