College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences
The MDA degree is a professional degree designed to provide dietitians with in-depth training in management and leadership in food and nutrition program administration. Nationwide, there is a need for professionally trained managers at local, district, state, and federal levels in food and nutrition programs, including school, university, and hospital food services; public health programs; and clinical management. This program provides in-depth training in financial management, human resource management, marketing, and dietetics-specific management.
MDA Admission Requirements
Candidates for the MDA program must qualify for one of the following categories: Option 1: Must have completed the USU Distance Dietetics Internship; or Option 2: Must be currently registered as dietitian with at least two years of work experience. Students seeking entry must also satisfy: (1) admission requirements of the USU School of Graduate Studies; (2) admission requirements of the NDFS Department; and (3) admission requirements of the MDA program, including a letter of application and an approved Program of Study.
The MDA Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing applications, accepting students into the MDA program, and assigning students to an advisor.