Nutrition and Dietetics/Coordinated Program in Dietetics, B.S. and M.S.

Students desiring an M.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics who do not have a bachelor's degree may take this three-year course of study at Loma Linda University. The first two years of the curriculum offer the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree and may take the registration examination at the end of this time period in order to become an RD. The student completes the master's degree during the third year, having enhanced his/her skills by completing additional graduate didactic courses.

Listed below are the admission and prerequisite requirements to obtain a bachelor's and master's degree from Loma Linda University.

Admission Criteria

Admission is based on a selective process. To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must:

  • have a 3.0 G.P.A. or above
  • complete an interview (by phone or in person)
  • complete an online application
  • provide 3 recommendation letters
  • complete program prerequisites


  • Humanities 20 quarter units or 14 semester units, minimum (choose minimum of three areas from: history, literature, philosophy, foreign language, art/music appreciation, or art/music history)
  • Must include 4 units of religion per year if attending a Seventh-day Adventist college or university
  • College-level algebra or higher
  • Anatomy and physiology with laboratory, complete sequence
  • General chemistry with laboratory (1 full year)
  • Microbiology with laboratory
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Science elective (Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology)
  • English composition, complete sequence
  • Speech
  • Two physical activity courses
  • Human nutrition

Total minimum units required upon entrance: 96 quarter units