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Our Graduate Nutrition Degrees
When you’re ready to advance your nutrition career, go strong.
Meredith’s graduate nutrition programs in Raleigh are among the region’s best. We offer an ideal location. Long-standing partnerships with area organizations. And a stellar reputation among employers.
- Personalized learning environment with small classes and faculty invested in helping you succeed
- High-quality education at an extremely competitive price
- Coeducational program open to all
- Strong community partnerships with top corporations, medical centers, local human services agencies, and school systems
- Accelerated 1-year option available for M.S. in Nutrition – Accelerated Community Track Track (available fully online)
- Dietetics concentration and Dietetic Internship programs are accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)*
Program Options for Becoming a Nutritionist or Registered Dietitian
Whether you intend to pursue licensure as a registered dietitian or prefer to work in another aspect of the nutrition field such as the nonprofit sector, research setting, or a program supporting local and sustainable food, Meredith’s Master of Science in Nutrition program has multiple tracks that will prepare you to succeed professionally.
Do you want to become a Registered Dietitian?
The MS-Didactic Program in Dietetics Track (MS-DPD) and the Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Track (MS-ADNT) are both designed for students holding an undergraduate degree in a science-related field who have a dream of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
MS-Didactic Program in Dietetics
The MS-DPD program is designed for undergraduate students holding a BS degree with or without a major in food & nutrition looking to obtain a DPD Verification Statement to enter into a Dietetic Internship. The MS-DPD track is available to those students with a non-science undergraduate degree if they take the necessary coursework prior to applying to the program.
Upon successful completion of the MS-DPD track, students will earn a master’s degree along with the Verification Statement to apply to a DI at an ACEND-accredited institution.
If you received a DPD verification statement with your undergraduate nutrition degree and seek a master’s degree prior to applying to a DI to be more competitive for the match, you should apply to the Accelerated Community Track.
MS-Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Track (ADNT)
The MS-ADNT program is designed for students holding an undergraduate degree in any field of study who have completed the required prerequisites to enter the program. This track combines the didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning (SEL) into one program. Meredith’s location is ideal for graduate students to gain SEL at some of the world’s top corporations and medical centers, as well as in local human services agencies and school systems.
Upon successful completion of the MS-ADNT track, students will earn a master of science degree in nutrition and are eligible to sit for the CDR credentialing examination to become a Registered Dietitian.
Are you a Registered Dietitian and want an advanced degree in Nutrition?
This curriculum is designed for the non-traditional student with a passion for nutrition and ready for a career change. It is also suitable for Registered Dietitians in need of an advanced degree. The Accelerated Community Track offers comprehensive curricula with education focused on personal nutrition, community nutrition, food security, sustainable food systems, contemporary research, food systems management, and more. Explore the MS in Nutrition: Accelerated Community Track.
Do you want to apply for a Dietetic Internship (DI)?
Meredith College’s ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program enables post-baccalaureate women and men to build on an undergraduate education by providing the knowledge and supervised practice experience needed to enter this fast-growing profession. This internship prepares students for the Registered Dietitian (RD) exam and provides 6 credits to jumpstart Meredith’s MS in Nutrition: MS-Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Track. Note that the Meredith DI requires applicants to hold a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement from an ACEND-accredited institution prior to applying. Explore the Dietetic Internship Track.
Meredith’s dietetic intern program has a 94% pass rate on CDR Credentialing Exam for dietitian nutritionists on the traditional and site preceptor pathways.
of MS graduates matched to a Dietetic Internship over the past 7 years
Available for all prospective students
Graduate nutrition programs are open to all
Why Study Nutrition at Meredith?
- 100% Match Rate – Strong student support, exceptional faculty and staff, and well-established community connections are just a few reasons our match rate has been 100% for 7 years straight.
- Flexibility – Flexible program options allow you to find the pace that works best for you. Earn your degree in a more compressed timeframe or take fewer classes per semester for a better work/life balance.
- Top-Level Facilities and Experiences –Meredith’s facilities are among the region’s best. With an on-site organic garden, a state-of-the-art food lab, and a high-fidelity patient simulator, you’ll enjoy hands-on learning experiences that simulate the environment you’ll work in after graduation. And students benefit from study abroad opportunities to places like our location in Sansepolcro, Italy.
- Competitive Pricing – We offer an unparalleled value with competitive pricing and individualized advising and teaching.
- Accreditation – Our dietetics concentration and Dietetic Internship programs are accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).
Investing in Our Shared Future
We know the impact that good nutrition has on individuals and communities. That’s why we offer a variety of options – to both enrich your experience, and make it financially possible to pursue your goals as a nutrition professional.
- Community Partnerships
- Financial Assistance
- Graduate Assistantships
- Student Professional Organizations
Meredith’s organic garden provides hands-on opportunities to learn about planting, harvesting, and preparing healthy food.
Learn more about Graduate Nutrition at Meredith College
Why earn your M.S. in nutrition at Meredith? We offer community partnerships with top organizations, a 100% match rate to dietetic internships, graduate assistantships, full- and part-time options, and much more.
Careers in Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition jobs are expected to grow 11% over the next eight years. At Meredith, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to thrive in this growing field while supporting health and wellness in your community.
- In addition to 11% job growth, the median annual wage for dietitians and nutritionists is $61,650, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- A growing and aging population will boost the demand for meals and nutritional counseling in hospitals, residential care facilities, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home health care agencies.
- Employment also is expected to grow rapidly in contract providers of food services, in outpatient care centers, and in offices of physicians and other health practitioners.
- Those who are interested in nutrition but do not want to become registered dietitians can pursue exciting career paths such as nutrition education with community food and nutrition programs, food security, non-profit work, the food system including local, organic, and sustainability, food marketing and communication, and food policy and advocacy.
Passion For Nutrition | Angela Clontz
Angela Clontz, ’22, chose to pursue her M.S. in Nutrition after having an empowering undergraduate experience at Meredith College. She was able to capitalize on her passion for nutrition and is now pursuing her Ph.D., where she hopes to study nutrition and its effects on genetics, in particular with cancer.
Danae Gross, ’22, is a registered and licensed dietitian earning her master’s in nutrition at Meredith. She will continue pursuing her goal of one day becoming a professor through UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ph.D. program in nutrition with a minor in epidemiology.
After completing her Dietetic Internship at Meredith, Stephanie (Ott) Antonelli, ’19, decided to pursue her M.S. in nutrition and become a practicing licensed registered dietitian.
Ellison White, ’18, M.S. in Nutrition, was well-prepared for a career in her chosen field of nutrition and dietetics – one that has new discoveries emerging all the time.
Master of Science in Nutrition News
Meredith College has finalized a new articulation agreement with NC State that provides priority admission into Meredith’s Master of Science in Nutrition–Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Track (MS-ADNT) to up to four qualified NC State nutrition science undergraduate students.
The first cohort of students in the Meredith College Master of Science in Nutrition–Accelerated Dietitian Nutritionist Track (MS-ADNT) began their studies this fall. This track is a newer style of nutrition program that was created by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) to help streamline the pathway toward becoming a registered dietitian.