Nicholls State University



Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Leadership

This program is for students who want to complete their master’s degree to be eligible to take the CDR Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam. By enrolling in our 100% online Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Leadership, students will have the opportunity to earn their master’s degree in as little as 2 years.  Students also enrolled in the Dietetic Internship Program will be able to use some of those credits toward the master’s degree.


The program leading to the Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Leadership requires the completion of thirty-six semester hours in the field of Dietetics. The primary focus of the program is the preparation of dietitians for clinical practice with an emphasis on leadership. The program consists of clinical nutrition, leadership, and research core. The elements of the Master of Science degree serve to make prospective dietitians proficient in their content areas and to enhance their professional development of leadership skills.

Admissions Requirements

  • Admission to the University and to Graduate Studies
  • Admission requirements into the master’s program include acceptance into the Dietetic Internship Program or the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree and a DPD Verification statement from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics, Dietetic Internship Program, or confirmation of registered dietitian credentials.
  • Undergraduate GPA: minimum of 2.8
  • Conditional admissions with the approval of the program admissions committee.


Required Courses  (18 hours)

  • DIET 502 (3) Leadership in Clinical Nutrition
  • DIET 503 (3) Food Systems Management
  • DIET 504 (3) Public Policy and Advocacy in Dietetics
  • DIET 505 (3) Research I
  • DIET 506 (3) Research II
  • AHSC 500 (3) Interprofessional Communication & Collaboration in Healthcare

Elective Courses (18 hours)
Elective course work is selected from approved courses in Dietetics, Business, and Nursing.


  • DIET 510 (3) Advanced Counseling and Education Theories
  • DIET 511 (3) Nutrition in the Older Adult
  • DIET 512 (3) Nutrition Entrepreneurship
  • DIET 513 (3) Current Topics in Advanced Nutrition (may be repeated for credit)
  • DIET 520 (3) Dietetics Pre-Professional Practice I (Restricted Course, DI only)
  • DIET 521 (6) Dietetics Pre-Professional Practice II (Restricted Course, DI only – 3 credits can be used toward the master’s degree)
  • DIET 522 (6) Dietetics Pre-Professional Practice III (Restricted Course, DI only – 3 credits can be used toward the master’s degree)


  • BSAD 507 (3) Leadership Ethics and Accountability
  • MNMT 502 (3) Managing Human Capital
  • MKTG 501 (3) Market Analysis Planning and Control


  • NURS 505 (3) Applied Stats for the Health Sciences


Office Location: 107 Gouaux Hall
Phone: 985-448-4732
Contact: Sherry Foret –
Office Hours: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm


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