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Now accepting applications for the Future Education Model program for the May 2021 cohort. Rounds of application review will occur in February, March and April. Contact for specific questions about the application timeline and seat availability.

Also accepting applications for the online graduate degree without field experience. Perfect for applicants who have already completed a Dietetic Internship or are already Registered Dietitians. Apply anytime for a spot in the next cohort.

Make a Difference with an MS in Applied Nutrition.  

Stay Ahead of the Curve

Starting in 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration will require candidates to have a graduate degree before they are eligible to take the Registered Dietitian credentialing examination. You won’t just be working towards acing an exam, Southeast’s program prepares students to become Registered Dietitians ready to take on roles in clinical, food service management, and community settings with in-depth coursework and hands-on experiences.

100% Flexible

You’ll have the chance to complete supervised experiential learning rotations at one of our established locations or you can choose your own site. Your coursework will be done online, giving you the flexibility to handle life’s other responsibilities while earning your degree.

Support When You Need It

Faculty and program directors will be in contact with you by phone, email, and video conferencing for support while earning your degree. You’ll also have access to student resources like Career Services, the Online Writing Lab, Kent Library databases, and study materials to prepare for the Registered Dietitian credentialing examination.


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  • Accredited by The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as a Future Education Model, Future Graduate program
  • Meet requirements for the Registered Dietitian credentialing examination
  • Choose your own site for experiential learning rotations
  • Finish in 15 months
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We let our graduates do the talking...

"I would tell students who consider the nutrition program at Southeast that it will challenge them and cause them to exceed their own expectations. It is a gratifying program that ultimately revolves around being of service to others. The faculty, courses, and relationships established in this program will lead them to be successful in their future career."Courtney Schlosser, Dietetics

Our Alumni Go Places.

Below are just a few examples of the companies who hire graduates from the College of Education, Health and Human Studies at Southeast Missouri State.

  • AB Spectrum
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • BJC HealthCare
  • Bootheel Counseling Services
  • Coastal Orthopedics
  • Cardinal Glennon
  • Community Counseling Center
  • Jumpstart Autism Center
  • Kedrion Biopharma
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Missouri Baptist Medical Center
  • New Vision Counseling
  • Saint Francis Healthcare System
  • School Districts Across the Country
  • SoutheastHEALTH
  • SSM Health
  • Thrive Autism Solutions
  • Walt Disney World

When you earn your MS in Applied Nutrition from Southeast, you’ll be ready to take on the many opportunities existing in the field of nutrition. Registered Dietitians work in a variety of places, including healthcare facilities, corporate wellness, community and public health settings, universities and medical centers, private practices, and more!

Students can only apply for Summer admission to the program.

  • Verification statement from an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  • A baccalaureate or advanced degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university, or a foreign degree evaluated as equivalent to at least a U.S. baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed MSAN Program Application
  • Minimum of 750 hours experience from any of the following: volunteer experience (unaffiliated with course requirements), paid work experience, collegiate athletics, and/or student organizations.
  • For specific Pre-select and Remote Distance requirements, see Application Instructions and Requirements

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  • FN 607. Food Science and Technology
  • FN 619. Metabolic Considerations in Performance and Wellness
  • FN 650. Professional Skills and Emerging Trends in Dietetics

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"I hope students develop a passion for serving the community, raising awareness of nutrition-related issues that may impact their future communities and learn from experiential opportunities to apply what they learn in their classes."

Joel Ramdial, MA, RD, LD
Instructor of Nutrition
Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation

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For students who need the FEM Graduate Program verification statement the total program cost for tuition and program fees is $14,964. That includes 36 credit hours at $386.50 per credit hour and program fees at $1500.

Note: This estimate does not include additional costs such as textbooks, transportation, etc.

For students who are only completing the MSAN degree program without the field experience and do not need the FEM Graduate Program verification statement, the total cost for tuition will vary depending on the number of courses you will take. Please email for an estimate. The general cost is $386.50 per credit hour

The MSAN program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as a Future Education Model Graduate Program.

Phone: (800) 877-1600, ext. 5400
Mail: 120 South Riverside Plaza / Suite 2190 / Chicago, IL 60606-6995

ACEND accreditation overview

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Dietetic Internship program at Southeast Missouri State University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Visit CDR's website for more information.

More information about educational pathways to become an RDN.


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