Master of Dietetics Administration

Lacie M. Peterson

Lacie M. Peterson

Clinical Associate Professor | Director of Dietetics Internship/Master of Dietetics Administration

Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences

Phone: 435-797-4244

The Utah State University Master of Dietetics Administration (MDA) prepares students to lead and manage people and projects, setting them apart as they enter the workforce or in their current career field. The skills emphasized in the MDA program enhance management career options for graduates in clinical, community, food service, and entrepreneurial practice. Nationwide, there is a great need for professionally educated managers and leaders at the local, district, state, and federal levels. Students within the program will build skills in leadership, problem-solving, decision making, financial management, human resource management, business, and more. The hands-on curriculum delivered by faculty gives students the education they need to land the career they want.

USU MDA faculty foster development of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they move through self-directed schedules. Students work weekly with their assigned faculty during and after the program as they prepare for the RD exam and seek employment. 


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Admission Criteria

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Application Instructions

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Program Overview

Interested students can learn more about program coursework, SEL rotations, the master's project and graduation requirements.

ACEND Accreditation

The Utah State University Master of Dietetics Administration Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), formerly known as the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians (RD) or dietetic technicians, registered (DTR). ACEND® serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs.

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Eat Right, the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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ACEND's® Accreditation Process

ACEND® Accreditation Standards serve as the basis for each education program's evaluation. A program undergoing accreditation assesses it strengths and challenges based on ACEND's® Accreditation Standards and describes its plans for improvement in a document called a "self-study report". The report is reviewed by a team of peer reviewers that includes an educator and a practitioner. An ACEND® Board member and a staff member assist the team in its review. The team also visits the program to participate in a series of focused interviews, meetings, observations and tours. These activities provide information to validate the contents of the self-study report and further evaluate the program. The team writes its own report to document its findings and to objectively address key areas of ACEND's® standards based on evidence provided by the program and gathered by the team. The ACEND® Board of Directors reviews the team's and uses it to arrive at a final accreditation decision.