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Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Nutrition - Dietetic Integrated Track


Our program trains clinical dietitians who improve patients’ nutritional health by addressing the relationship between food and well-being.

You will learn to work closely with patients and their health care teams to design individualized nutrition plans based on patient needs.

After earning your degree, you will eligible to take the National Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Our graduates have a first-time pass rate of more than 95%.

Research is an integral part of the MS in Clinical Nutrition - Dietetic Integrated Track program. You have the opportunity to complete a research thesis, but it is not required.

This program is available on a full-time basis only.

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Fast Facts: Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Nutrition - Dietetic Integrated Track
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21 Months

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Our Approach

You learn from faculty who are also practicing dietitians at one of the nation’s top academic medical centers, RUSH University Medical Center. Most of your clinical rotations will also take place at RUSH.

RUSH’S campus offers a rich environment for learning. You work with professionals and students from all areas of medicine.

Our teacher-practitioner model integrated classroom education, research and community service with patient care.

And all of your learning takes place in the dynamic city of Chicago, which is rich in culture and diversity. Chicago is home to many food and health care organizations, inducing the following:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Medical Association
  • Kraft
  • McDonald’s
  • National Restaurant Association
  • The Joint Commission

You can also complement your learning with a variety of student life opportunities, with more than 30 student organizations to participate in.

Program Length and Location

Our 21-month, 48-credit program takes place on campus. It includes clinical rotations and community service hours.

The majority of your rotations take place at nearby RUSH University Medical Center, which shares a campus with RUSH University.

You will also complete a master’s research project. After earning your MS degree, you are eligible to take the National Examination for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Program Tuition

At RUSH University, we know your education is a big investment. We want to make sure you have all the information to be able to make the best financial decisions for you and your family.

Tuition for the Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Nutrition - Dietetic Integrated Track program is $1,016 per credit.

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Career Opportunities: Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Research - Dietetic Integrated Track

You will be prepared for a career as registered dietitian nutritionist in a variety of settings, including the following:

  • Academics
  • Federal or state agencies
  • Public health
  • Private industry
  • Research
  • Wellness

The average annual salary for dietitians was $61,650 as of May 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

Salaries can vary greatly based on experience, location and specialty. The top 10 percent of earners in the field average more than $93,640 per year.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates a 7% increase in jobs for nutritionists from 2021 to 2031. Employment opportunities are expected to continue to increase with more awareness about the link between nutrition and health.

Faculty: Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Nutrition - Dietetic Integrated Track
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Mark McInerney, PhD

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