Become a leader in nutrition-related industries. With a dual graduate business and nutrition degree, you can double your earning potential and your career opportunities.

As the only program of its kind in the United States, our accredited MBA/RD degree at Dominican provides a distinctive opportunity. If you’ve completed undergraduate coursework in nutrition, this program can prepare you to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with the added business perspective that will set you apart in your field. You’ll graduate from our MBA/RD degree program ready to take on leadership roles in dietetics, food industry, healthcare and other nutrition-related industries.

Join us on our River Forest campus, located in close proximity to Chicago, and enjoy the benefits of studying in a top dietetics program that’s designed with convenience in mind.

  • Get personal attention in small classes of about 15 students
  • Graduate from a respected ACEND- and AACSB-accredited program (AACSB accreditation is achieved by only 5% of business schools worldwide)
  • Note: This program does not require that you participate in the DICAS match and offers early acceptance

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What You’ll Learn

Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. In addition, all graduates develop the business skills needed for long-term career success. In this dual MBA/RD degree program, you’ll gain hands-on experience in key areas of dietetics while developing foundations in critical business disciplines like management, accounting, business law, financial management, marketing and operations. Download our MBA/RD Program Quick Facts Sheet (pdf)

Dominican’s Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (MBA/RD) Degree at a Glance
  • 63-69 credits
  • Includes minimum of 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience
  • MBA courses include option for part-time, online and hybrid learning
  • Dietetics courses offered on our main campus in River Forest, Illinois
  • Complete in as little as 21 months
  • ACEND- and AACSB-accredited
Focus Your Business Courses With Market-Trending Electives

Along with taking foundational MBA courses, you’ll be able to customize your business and nutrition degree experience toward a specific field that fits you career goals. Choose from Dominican’s MBA program concentrations (requiring 9 credit hours) in topics like: accounting, data analytics, finance, healthcare administration, international business administration, leadership or marketing. Looking to earn a standalone MBA? Learn about our MBA program

Gain Hands-On RD Skills Through Supervised Practice Experiences

Our Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics includes 1,200 hours of supervised practice experience, divided across community, inpatient, food service management and specialty rotation sites—giving you a breadth of experiences to launch your career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

All supervised practice experiences are arranged by Dominican University and are located within a 50-mile radius of our River Forest campus. All courses 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).

What to Expect as You Earn Your MBA/RD Degree

The Dominican University experience is one that embraces unique viewpoints, values hands-on learning and fosters collaborative relationships—among faculty, students and the communities that we hope to influence through our values-centered degree programs. When completing your MBA/RD degree, you’ll get the benefit of modern learning designed for working professionals as well as a relationship-focused atmosphere that will help you become a stronger leader in your field.

Top-Ranked MBA Courses in our Brennan School of Business

Dominican’s Brennan School of Business is recognized for providing high-value, rigorous, relevant business education in a supportive, small-classroom setting. We welcome you to email Dave Aron, Professor of Management, Marketing and International Business, to learn more about the MBA degree and certificate programs at Brennan. See what sets us apart

Values-Centered Curriculum in our Borra College of Health Sciences

The Department of Nutrition Sciences, housed within the Borra College of Health Sciences, combines the psychological, biological and social aspects of nutrition to create a well-rounded picture of this field. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Elisa Fischer, Adjunct Faculty, Nutrition, to learn more about this unique program.  See what sets us apart

Financing Your MBA/RD Degree

Along with opportunities for financial aid through loans and grants, the Brennan School of Business offers a variety of departmental scholarships for outstanding academic achievement and graduate assistantships for those who wish to work with faculty while pursuing their degree. Contact our Office of Financial Aid to learn more.

We can be reached at (708) 524-6809 or by email at

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I do with a dual degree in business and nutrition?

Leadership roles in fields related to health and wellness are in high demand. An MBA/RD degree can open doors to a wide range of those opportunities in marketing and public relations, food industry, disease prevention, government programs, community education and more. This unique program equips you with the skills you need to not only promote health and wellness, but also develop and direct new programs—making it possible to create innovative job roles and career outcomes in the areas that interest you.

What are the 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 receive 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, see Dominican University’s consumer information.

How do I apply?

Applying to the MBA/RD program at Dominican is simple. You can complete your application online, and we offer GMAT and GRE exam score waivers in some circumstances. Learn more about the full application requirements or if you’re ready, you can apply now online. 

Accreditation Information

Our Dominican University MBA/RD degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council 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 Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
1 (800) 877-1600 ext 5400 | Contact via email

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