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. The MPP is an online, distance, non-thesis graduate program that offers two tracks: RD2B track to train future Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and DI Graduate track that offers Iowa State University Dietetic Internship (DI) alumni an opportunity to earn a graduate degree. Program information can be accessed here or be clicking the “MPP track: DI Grads” tab below.  Next application cycle will open August 14, 2023. 

Application for the RD2B track are now closed and will reopen in fall 2023 for the next cohort.  A  recording of the 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 viewing the videos posted below and by visiting the Program Information, FAQ and Application Portal, pages. Questions can be directed to us at

Welcome to Our Program!

Learn About Our Application Process 

Learn About Our Curriculum (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. MPP graduates upon successfully passing the CDR credentialing exam to become an RDN, are eligible to apply for state licensure or certification to practice. It is ACEND’s considered opinion that the MPP program is designed to and does meet all state dietetics licensure and certification laws.  Details on state licensure requirements can 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 (RD2B track) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®)

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