The nutrition, dietetics and sensory sciences master's program emphasizes a variety of areas within the field of nutrition science. Designed to be customizable to each student's background, interests and career goals, the master's track prepares students for a variety of academic, industry and government positions within the field of nutrition.
In addition to nutrition courses, students can take coursework in animal sciences and industry, grain science and industry, biochemistry, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, psychology, biology, business education and interdisciplinary international courses as electives.
Concentrations include sensory analysis and consumer behavior, nutrition and exercise sciences, nutritional sciences, public health nutrition, and nutrition education and communication.
2024 CDR Graduate Degree Mandate
Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a graduate degree (in any field) for eligibility to take the registered dietitian nutrition (RDN) credentialing exam. For more information see the CDR New Graduate Eligibility Requirements.
Options for completing the 2024 credentialing requirements through K-State include:
- B.S. in Dietetics and an M.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Sensory Sciences
- M.S. in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Sensory Sciences and the DPD Completion Option (non-degree DPD courses)
- DPD Completion Option (for those who already hold a master’s degree)
The broad range of customizable options within this master's track allows for a variety of career options upon completion of the degree. Careers in nutrition often include work with special groups who are at risk for nutrition-related health problems, such as pregnant women, infants and the elderly.
Many health nutritionists have careers with organizations such as:
- Local health departments
- Community wellness programs
- Agencies involved in international development
In addition, dietitians often work in health care facilities or public health settings, including:
- Extended care facilities
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs
- Food stamp programs
- Programs for the elderly
- Non-commercial and commercial food service operations