Dietetics MS

About the Master of Science in Dietetics at Loyola

Whether you are a registered dietician or on your way to becoming one, you know the value of well-functioning health programs. Focused on health care administration, Loyola University Chicago's MS in Dietetics program prepares you to evaluate and enhance health programs. If you are interested in an MS in nutrition and dietetics that prepares you to lead in health care settings, Loyola's program might be for you.

Program Structure

The MS in Dietetics can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are held on weekday evenings at Loyola's Health Sciences Campus.

The Dietetics MS program is for registered dietitians only. To apply, you must either hold a certificate of completion of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) from an ACEND-accredited program or be accepted in the Loyola Dietetic Internship program. If you already hold a valid registration, you are not required to have supervised practice or practicum hours.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Master's Degree in Dietetics?

At Loyola, you will join a respected, interprofessional MS in Dietetics program. In our program, you will strengthen your expertise in dietetics while preparing to drive change within health care programs and organizations.

A multi-modal format

Learn in various formats and balance professional and academic responsibilities. With most of your courses online or in hybrid formats, you will gain exposure to course content in multiple ways while experiencing the flexibility of online learning.

Learn topics that will enhance your practice as a registered dietitian. Through Loyola University Chicago's interdisciplinary program, you will study public health principles, biology, behavioral health, policy, finance, and more.

Prepare to shape health care programs and policy. Our program educates registered dietitians in leadership, program evaluation, and health care administration, expanding your career opportunities and equipping you with valuable skills.

Develop your skills and understanding of key health care principles by engaging with students in related programs, such as public health and nursing. One of the key tenets of the MS in Dietetics is collaboration and team practice, giving you exposure to multiple approaches to health care.

Learn from nationally recognized experts in dietetics, health care administration, and public health sciences. With wide-ranging interests and experiences in health care organizations, our faculty bring valuable insights to your courses.

Join Loyola's widely respected Parkinson School of Health. With a long history of improving public health and producing successful graduates in dietetics, Loyola University Chicago prepares you to tackle today's most pressing health care challenges.

Applied Health Sciences Department

The Department of Applied Health Sciences invites students and faculty to engage in timely, interdisciplinary research that improves lives through better health. Find more information on the department and stories showcasing current Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health students and graduates from the Dietetics MS program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Dietetics MS program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Dietetics MS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Dietetics MS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Dietetics MS totals $40920.00, or 33 credit hours at a cost of $1,240.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Robert and Betty Parkinson Scholars Award

Named for Loyola alumni Robert (“Bob”) and Betty Parkinson, the Parkinson Scholars Award honors their commitment to helping ensure access to quality health care and the recognition that such health care is a basic human right. Bob and Betty Parkinson took to heart the Ignatian value of “being persons for others.” The Parkinson Scholars Award supports exceptionally talented students with demonstrated financial need who are dedicated to being “persons for others” and will use their Parkinson education to improve the health and health care of individuals, communities, and systems.

Awarded each semester to up to 10 Parkinson students, it includes an $8,000 tuition-restricted scholarship and additional funds to support scholarly activity. Scholars are selected to represent the broad range of the Parkinson School’s disciplines.

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More information about scholarships can be found on the Financial Aid Office website.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Dietetics MS are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall Early Action: February 1
All applicants meeting this deadline will receive an admission decision no later than 3 weeks after the Feb 1 deadline.

Fall Priority: May 15
All applicants meeting this deadline will be considered for admission. Any applications received after May 15 will be considered until Parkinson reaches enrollment capacity for the fall.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Dietetics MS include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • GRE or GMAT Test Score

  • GRE or MCAT Test Score

  • Licensure

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Registered Dietitian Credentials

Please note that the GRE, MCAT, and GMAT scores could be waived, considering if the applicant had a 3.0 or higher during their undergraduate program.

Prerequisite Standing Requirements

Applicants should either be a current Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) or apply to the combined Master of Science in Dietetics + Dietetic Internship program.

Statement of Purpose Details

In 1,000 words, please provide a personal statement that:

  1. Describes your interest in the Loyola dietetics education program, including characteristics and experiences that demonstrate your alignment with the University and program
  2. Explains your reasons for selecting dietetics as a career
  3. Reviews key experiences which prepared you for a DI, if applying to this program
  4. Summarizes short- and long-term career goals
  5. Identifies strengths and limitations
  6. Addresses concerns in gaps or concerns in your academic trajectory

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Test scores must be sent directly to Loyola from the testing agency. Official documents should be sent by the institution or testing agency to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students.

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