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Master of Science
Nutrition and Dietetics: 40-Credit Clinical Nutrition
Pre-Professional Degree

The 40-credit Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Concentration in Clinical Nutrition offers advanced training for students seeking to attain the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credential.

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Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Concentration in Clinical Nutrition

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The goals of the MS in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Concentration in Clinical Nutrition are to provide you with the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Educate individuals and the public on food choices that will optimize health and prevent disease

  2. Apply nutrition principles and diet assessment to the treatment of diet-related disease conditions

  3. Manage human, financial, and physical resources to improve the nutritional care of individuals and population groups

  4. Help improve the nutritional status of individuals and population groups

  5. Monitor trends and issues in the discipline of nutrition, and translate this information into curriculum, education, and training programs

  6. Apply research principles and methods to the examination of current problems in nutrition and health

This curriculum provides advanced academic training leading to an MS degree for students who also seek the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential. 

If you have not yet obtained a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Verification Statement, you must complete the foundational DPD courses in nutrition and dietetics, which meet both prerequisite requirements to study at the master's level and eligibility requirements for applying to ACEND- accredited dietetic internships. You do not need to complete a DPD before applying to the 40-credit clinical nutrition master's degree.

Students who have already completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)-accredited program and obtained a DPD Verification Statement may begin taking graduate-level courses upon acceptance to this degree.

Learn more about becoming a Registered Dietitian.

Learn more about the NYU Steinhardt DPD and read the DPD Handbook.

This degree provides the opportunity for you to meet the registration eligibility requirements of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) —  passing this exam enables you to become a Registered Dietitian. 

Graduates are currently employed in a variety of positions, including:

  • Clinical dietitians or managers of nutrition programs in hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities

  • Members of clinical specialty teams in pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, infectious-disease surgery, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and critical care services

  • Counselors of patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and hypertension

  • Community nutritionists in government or private programs 

  • Private nutrition consultants to the general public, health care agencies, weight management programs, government agencies, and the food industry

  • Staff members of health departments, federal agencies such as the USDA, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration

  • Nutrition teachers in schools, colleges, universities, and health programs

  • Project officers of philanthropic foundations

  • Roles that focus on nutrition education, media, and communications of food, nutrition, and health

Additional Information

Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, you must complete an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Learn more about our DPD.


Our curriculum provides advanced academic training leading to a master's degree for students who also seek the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. 

Clinical Nutrition Glossary

A glossary of terminology used throughout these pages.

*Please note: NYU will not be able to facilitate the New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN) certification until your MS degree has been conferred.*


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Steven Ho at or Kellie McLean at

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Phone: 212-998-5580

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