Ball State’s nutrition and dietetics graduate program is designed to ready you for a successful career in clinical medical care, preventive care, and other related fields. Participants in the program have the opportunity to complete an ACEND-approved internship, which is required for eligibility to take the national examination to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN).

This highly selective program offers flexible study options—including on-campus, off-campus, and online courses—making it among the most competitive and convenient programs in the region. Furthermore, Ball State is the only university in Indiana that provides 9 graduate credits—25 percent of the graduate degree—for completing the required internship.

jenny 1 Through her master's degree from Ball State's nutrition and dietetics program, Jenni Purcell has learned a great deal about community nutrition and public health, which has helped her at the Diary and Nutrition Council.

Read her story.

Career Opportunities

The demand for dietitians is projected to exceed supply for the next 10 years due to the increased role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of illness. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of dietitians and nutritionists will grow 16 percent between 2014 and 2024—faster than all other jobs. That means graduates from our program enjoy a wealth of career opportunities. After you graduate, you’ll be eligible for employment in various capacities within clinical, community, and management settings, including:

  • Clinical dietitian
  • Community nutritionist
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Food service director
  • Consultant dietitian
  • Board certified specialist
  • Private practice dietitian 

Take the Next Step

Don’t wait to start your journey toward a career as a registered dietitian nutritionist. Come visit campus. Meet our professors and current students. Contact us today.