The Great Plains Interactive Distance Alliance (GPIdea) Online Master’s Program 

The GPIdea program offers a fully online M.S. in Food Science and Nutrition for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and for graduates of accredited dietetics programs who have verification of completion of didactic requirements. The program is offered through a partnership of 8 different Universities (Colorado State University, Kansas State University, Kansas University Medical Center, University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, South Dakota State, and North Dakota State). The collaboration provides a rich offering of online courses led by expert faculty from each institution. Students earn their degrees from CSU.

Programs of study are designed to allow students the flexibility to individualize coursework and research to their specialty, interests, and career focus. The GPIdea program objectives are to:

  • Develop research skills, stimulate independent thought, and provide up-to-date knowledge in foods, nutrition, and foodservice and business management.

  • Promote health and disease management through food and nutrition programs and make a difference in the lives of others by advancing the level of practice of registered dietitian nutritionists.

It is important to note that this program is not a didactic program in dietetics and does not substitute for the completion of an accredited didactic program as the first step to becoming an RDN.

Learn more about the GPIdea program on the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition website.

Effective Fall 2013

Required Core
EDRM 600Introduction to Research Methods3
or FSHN 501 Research Methods in Dietetics
Select one from the following:3
Principles: Quantitative Data Analysis
Advanced Statistics 1
FSHN 503Issues in Dietetics Practice3
FSHN 504Micronutrients3
FSHN 540Nutrigenomics and Advanced Lipid Metabolism3
FSHN 696CGroup Study: Dietetics1
Selected Courses
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Nutrition and Physical Activity in Aging
Nutrition and Human Performance
Nutrition Education in the Community
International Nutrition and World Hunger
Pediatric Clinical Nutrition
Maternal and Child Nutrition
Nutritional Aspects of Oncology
Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy
Phytochemicals and Probiotics for Health
FSHN 698AResearch: Dietetics6
Program Total Credits:37

A minimum of 37 credits are required to complete this program.


500-level or higher statistics course approved by advisor and graduate committee.