Nutrition

Welcome to the Nutrition program


When you become part of the graduate Program in Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University, you will join students from all over the globe who want to positively impact the world through the field of nutrition. Our program provides you with solid grounding to work in clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, behavioral nutrition, nutrition education, or public health nutrition, all in an interdisciplinary context that will prepare you to adapt to the ever-evolving and exciting field of nutrition. The Program in Nutrition is committed to enhancing equity and inclusion and providing a supportive environment for students of diverse backgrounds to thrive. Whether you’re a US or international student, we know you have lots of questions. That’s why we host semi-monthly information sessions with Dr. Lora Sporny, who has served on the nutrition faculty since 1992. The calls are held on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, starting at 6 p.m. eastern.

The Program in Nutrition is accepting applications for the new integrated MS-RDN degrees beginning January 11th. Our current Dietetic Internship Program will be phased out and replaced by the Integrated MS-RDN Track.

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MS-RDN

Teachers College offers a straight-forward path to obtaining an MS and RDN:

  1. Begin by completing the MS-RDN degree prerequisite courses.
  2. Apply for admission to one of our ACEND-accredited integrated MS-RDN degrees by submitting the following application materials.*
  3. Successfully complete one of our three 50 to 57-credit integrated MS-RDN degrees, which include both didactic education and practice education blended together. The integrated MS-RDN degrees eliminate the need for a Dietetic Internship Program by providing supervised experiential learning hours that meet ACEND’s requirements as well as legislative requirements for state licensure or certification.**
  4. Pass the dietetic registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Once admitted to our Program in Nutrition, you can complete the whole process in 2 years of full-time study. Each academic year is 12 months. We also welcome part-time students into our Program in Nutrition.

Please attend one of our information sessions for more details.

*The Teachers College, Columbia University integrated MS-RDN program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois  60606-6995
Phone: 800-877-1600  ext 5400
Website: ACEND@eatright.org

**Students should be aware that the three integrated MS-RDN degrees do not lead to New York State licensure nor do they allow students to practice within a restricted scope of practice reserved for those who hold a license. Graduates of any one of our three integrated MS-RDN tracks will receive a verification statement, which is required to be eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentialing exam. Upon passing the exam and being awarded the RDN credential by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, graduates will be eligible (if they so desire) to apply for state licensure or certification, depending upon the state in which he/she is employed. Learn more here.

RDN

Teachers College offers the necessary master’s courses and supervised experiential learning hours to supplement your previous graduate education in nutrition:

  1. Begin by completing the Master of Education (MEd) degree prerequisite courses.
  2. Apply for admission to the MEd degree by submitting the following application materials.
  3. Successfully complete the necessary MS-RDN courses and supervised experiential learning hours required before completing the RDN credentialing examination.*
  4. Pass the dietetic registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.**

*The Teachers College, Columbia University integrated MS-RDN program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois  60606-6995
Phone: 800-877-1600  ext 5400
Website: ACEND@eatright.org

**Students should be aware that the three integrated MS-RDN degrees do not lead to New York State licensure nor do they allow students to practice within a restricted scope of practice reserved for those who hold a license. Graduates of any one of our three integrated MS-RDN tracks will receive a verification statement, which is required to be eligible to sit for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credentialing exam. Upon passing the exam and being awarded the RDN credential by the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, graduates will be eligible (if they so desire) to apply for state licensure or certification, depending upon the state in which he/she is employed. Learn more here.

Ph.D.

We offer a Ph.D. with several concentrations for doctoral study:

Ph.D. (75-credits) — you may specialize in one of three areas:

  • Behavioral Nutrition
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity

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The Teachers College, Columbia University integrated MS-RDN program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois  60606-6995
Phone: 800-877-1600  ext 5400
Website: ACEND@eatright.org

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