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Nutrition MS - Clinical Nutrition Option

Nutrition to a Greater Degree

Our new online master’s degree program in Nutrition is a continuation of our top notch undergraduate program and will prepare entry level dietitians or nutritionists to be lifelong learners. By 2024, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will require registered dietitians to hold at least a Master’s degree. The new Master of Science in Nutrition degree provides professionals in nutrition and other closely related professional careers an advanced degree with a strong scientific knowledge base focused on gaining proficiency in counseling techniques and the application of nutrition principles in clinical settings. The program also prepares you to apply nutrition knowledge when analyzing human performance and exercise metabolism. The Master of Science in Nutrition provides you with two options, a Clinical Nutrition option and a Sport Nutrition option. Both options address the change in the CDR’s entry-level eligibility requirements for dietitians and expands their practice through knowledge gained from this advanced degree.

Future Education Model in Nutrition and Dietetics

The University of Central Missouri has applied to open a new and exciting program to prepare (Registered Dietitian Nutritionists/Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, Registered/Nutrition Health Associates) in Fall, 2021.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) released the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for programs in nutrition and dietetics (see  These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for future practice.

The Dietetics Program at the University of Central Missouri demonstrated its leadership in education by submitting an application to be part of the third cohort of programs to be accredited by ACEND under these new standards. Our eligibility application was accepted by ACEND and we are in the candidacy application and review process for our proposed Future Education Model (state degree level) program in nutrition and dietetics.  The program is not accepting applications at this time but will do so upon successful completion of the candidacy application process when the program receives accreditation from ACEND.

Contact  Dr. Swarna Mandali, for more information.




Dr. Swarna Mandali, PhD, RDN, CSSD
Professor and Dietetics Program Director
North Morrow 105
Tel: (660) 543-8747


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