Prepare to take on leadership roles in nutrition-related industries. In less than two years, Dominican's MBA/RD doubles your earning potential and your career opportunities.

Dominican’s MBA/RD is the only program of its kind offered in the United States. We draw students from around the country who have completed their undergraduate coursework in nutrition and are interested in advancing their careers with a unique skill set. With this degree, you'll become a registered dietitian nutritionist with the added business perspective and skills to take on leadership roles in dietetics, food science, healthcare and other nutrition-related industries. Our close proximity to Chicago, home to many food/beverage and healthcare organizations large and small, provides nearly endless opportunities for learning and advancement.

Expand your career options and your earning potential with MBA-RD

Double your leadership opportunities, double your impact in just 21 months.

  • Students will complete 40-46 credit hours of online and evening classes for the MBA degree and 23 credit hours for the RD degree.
  • Students must complete both degree requirements prior to receiving a RD verification statement.
  • The MBA is offered by the Brennan School of Business, a top-ranked program with AACSB accreditation earned by the top 5% of business schools worldwide.
The MBA Program

The Brennan School of Business provides a challenging values-based environment where you will engage with faculty to learn the business fundamentals and real-world skills that prepare you to thrive in a fulfilling career while making the world a better place. The business school is top-ranked with AACSB-accreditation achieved by only 5% of business schools worldwide. The MBA program is rigorous, providing relevant professional and personal skills in a supportive small classroom setting. To learn more about the MBA degree and certificate programs at Brennan, please contact Dave Aron.

Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Our program’s philosophy is to promote the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ dedication to the values-centered intellectual development. Therefore, our program strives to recruit and serve a diversified community as well as promote an appreciation for service to the community and our profession. This program enables students to complete all requirements necessary to become an entry-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the integration of didactic instruction and a minimum of 1200 hours of supervised practice with a business emphasis. The 1200 hours of field experience are divided between community, clinical, food service management, and specialty rotation sites. All supervised practice experiences are arranged by Dominican University and are located within a 50-mile radius of our River Forest campus. All classes are taken at our River Forest campus. Upon satisfactory completion, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. For more information about our program, please review our Coordinated and Local ISPP Programs Student Handbook (pdf).

Accreditation

Our Dominican University program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) an agency of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy).  Upon satisfactory completion of all MBA with a Coordinated Program in Dietetics requirements, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).  Information about accreditation status can be obtained from:

Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
1 (800) 877-1600 ext 5400
Website: https://eatright.org/acend

Requirements and process to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

In order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) the following criteria must be met:

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree at a university or college accredited by ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) and received a verification statement of completed requirements. Beginning January 1, 2024, a graduate degree will be required to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians.
  • Complete an ACEND accredited dietetic coordinated program, internship or individualized supervised practice pathway (ISSP).
  • Pass the Registration Examination for Dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). 
  • Secure licensure in your practicing state (if applicable). The state of Illinois requires all Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to be licensed.
  • Maintain professional continuing education requirements.

For additional information on program test completion, pass rates, and progress on program goal outcomes, please visit Dominican University consumer information

MBA/RD Program Details (pdf)

MBA/RD Quick Facts (pdf)