Master of Professional Practice

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Professional Practice in Dietetics (MPP) at Iowa State University, a Champion Pilot Site for the Nutrition in Food Retail Curriculum. Our accelerated Dietetic Internship has reorganized into a Future Graduate Program, providing an online, distance, full-time, non-thesis graduate program option to train future Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Application for the May 2022 cohort will open on September 13, 2021 and close on December 5, 2021.  A recording of the recent virtual open house can be found here. Many of the questions you may have about the program and applying to our program can be answered by visiting the Application Portal, Program Information, FAQ pages. Questions can be directed to us at

Welcome to Our Program!

Learn About Our Application Process 

Learn About Our Curriculum (pdf handout

Why You Should Apply 

Please note that effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR’s Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR’s website.

In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited MPP program at Iowa State University are eligible to apply to take the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN. It is ACEND’s considered opinion that the program is designed to and does meet all state dietetics licensure and certification laws.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Details on state licensure requirements can also be found on the CDR’s website.

Learn more about the educational pathways to become an RDN at Iowa State University.

Opportunities for dietetics practitioners are limited only by your imaginations. Learn more about some of the potential job opportunities for a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

The Iowa State University MPP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®)

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