Dietetics programs will prepare students to help avoid and treat illness, as well as encourage healthy lifestyles. Students will receive training in areas such as biology and public nutrition.
The private Loma Linda University offers tuition around $29,000, while the other three public universities have resident and out-of-state tuition rates.
|Institution||Location||Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda, CA||$29,372|
|San Diego State University||San Diego, CA||$8,922 (in-state) / $18,426 (out-of-state)|
|California State University - Chico||Chico, CA||$9,042 (in-state) / $18,546 (out-of-state)|
|California State University - Long Beach||Long Beach, CA||$8,232 (in-state) / $17,736 (out-of-state)|
Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Dietetics Masters Programs in California
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda University has two pathways for its Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Students with an unrelated bachelor's degree can complete their master's in three years. Prerequisites for this program include GRE scores and coursework in general chemistry, human nutrition, and college algebra or higher. Students who completed an ACEND-accredited DPD program can earn their degree in two years. Prerequisites include GRE scores, a verification statement from their undergraduate program, and courses in general chemistry and human anatomy.
The admissions process to the School of Allied Health Professions includes an online application with $60 fee, official transcripts, and three personal recommendations. Prospective students may be required to complete an interview or observation and community service hours as part of the admissions process.
San Diego State University
San Diego State University offers a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD). Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Foods and Nutrition or Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences programs can earn credits to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. DPD coursework covers topics such as nutrition, human physiology, and biology.
Undergraduate students must have advanced to the bachelor's degree major with an overall GPA of 3.1 and a DPD GPA of 3.1. Graduate students must be accepted into the master's program and have a 3.1 GPA in courses like human anatomy and biochemistry. All students must submit an application packet that includes an admissions form, unofficial transcripts, and official transcripts for program-relevant courses taken at other institutions.
California State University - Chico
Students can earn a Master of Science in Nutritional Science with a specialization in nutrition education, which requires 30 credits for graduation. The application process for the master's program involves an online application, recommendation letters, a statement of purpose, and a resume. As part of the application, students indicate whether they are also applying to the university's dietetic internship program. Applicants to the internship program are ranked based on their GPA, relevant work experience, recommendation letters, and letter of application. It should be noted that students with an unrelated bachelor's degree will need to complete either the DPD program or undergraduate courses for the general dietetics option.
California State University - Long Beach
Individuals can complete a Master of Science in Nutritional Science with a dietetic internship at California State University - Long Beach. The program is focused on research and requires 36 credits for graduation. Students will study such topics like public nutrition and complete a professional practicum in dietetics. Applicants will need a bachelor's degree in dietetics or nutrition with a 3.0 overall GPA (or 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credits earned). Additional requirements include a 4 on the GRE analytical writing test, completion of an accredited didactic program in dietetics, relevant work or service experience, and an admissions interview.
Individuals interested in dietetics can choose from master's degrees in dietetics or nutritional science with dietetic internships. Some of the programs require a minimum GPA for admittance.