Like most U.S. universities, Pacific’s Board of Regents sets tuition each year. The board tries to keep increases as low as possible. In recent years, increases have averaged about 3 percent per year—less than most of our peers. Note that tuition and increases can vary between programs to meet specific needs. The University reserves the right to change fees, modify services or change its programs at any time and without prior notice.


Fall 2024/Spring 2025/Summer 2025

Estimated tuition per semester/term1$15,525
Tuition per unit$1,035
Total number of units/program59 units
Length of Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Program (4 semesters/terms)16 months

1Additional fees and/or tuition increases associated with the programs are not included in this estimate.

Other Estimated Costs

Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition estimated program costs per trimesters for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Expense DescriptionCost
Application Fee (one time only)$50
ASUOP Student Fee$150
Professional Liability InsuranceNo cost to student
Wellness Fee$240
Health InsuranceTBD
Physical Examination, Immunizations$3453
Background check and Toxicology Screen$120 one-time4
Clinical Education Site Onboarding Requirements$36.50 one-time5
Housing/Meals/TransportationVaries by student and accommodations $5,000 to $6,000 sample estimation (student responsibility)6
Auto InsuranceVaries (student responsibility)
Textbooks and Reference Materials~$550 to $600 Tri 1, $100 to $200 each Tri 2, 3, 4
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership/California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Membership (renewed annually)$65 annually7
Nutrition Care Professionals (NCPro) (one time only)$120 one-time fee (Tri 1) for 18-month access8
EHR Go (one time only; 2nd trimester)$45 one-time fee (Tri 1)9
ServSafe Manager CertificationOne-time fee (Tri 1); You may choose either method described below this table.
Slip-Resistant Shoe Coverings$8.99 one-time fee (Tri 1)
Cut Gloves (one time only)$8.99 one-time fee (Tri 1)
ParkingFree on campus, off-site varies10
Graduation FeeThere is no graduation fee.
Estimated Total Cost per Trimester$22,526 to $24,54911
Estimated Total Costs for the Program$95,057 (4 Trimesters)12

1 Pacific MSCN program graduate tuition $1,035/59 credits = $61,065 = $14,490 (14 credits) to $15,525 (15 credits) per trimester. Please visit the Pacific Sacramento Catalog for information on Tuition and Fees.
2 Student may submit annual waiver if student has own comprehensive health insurance plan.
3 Includes $200 initial + $145 annual TB and flu vaccination. Clinical education sites used for supervised clinical practice experience rotations may have additional onboarding requirements, at the student’s expense.
4 Clinical education sites used for supervised clinical practice experience rotations may have additional onboarding requirements, at the student’s expense.
5 Certain clinical education sites require students to use a different platform than Pacific, such as MyClinicalExchange, which is at the student’s expense.
6 The MSCN program oversees the selection, scheduling and student placement at clinical education sites for supervised clinical practice experience rotations (NUTR 287A, B, C). The student is responsible for making arrangements for their housing and/or commuting plans to assigned clinical education sites, at the student’s expense.
7 Enables access to Evidence Analysis Library® used for systematic reviews in 8 courses. CAND is free for student Academy members.
8 Virtual learning environment with comprehensive Academy Nutrition Care Process-centered case studies used in experiential learning.
9 Educational Electronic Health Record (EHR) and learning platform, for proficiency in technology/informatics.
10 There is no cost for parking on the Sacramento campus. Clinical education sites used for supervised clinical practice experience rotation may have parking fees, at the student’s expense.
11 Calculated using $6,000 estimate for Housing/Meals/Transportation. Highest value of the range includes the one-time expenses.
12 Includes estimate for Housing/Meals/Transportation, however this expense will vary by student; excludes optional expenses.

ServSafe Manager Certification

You may choose either method below:

  • DPD students with certificate: $0.00
  • ServSafe Manager Course with Online Proctored Exam: $135
  • ServSafe Manager Book (7th Ed) with Online Exam Voucher $68
  • Certification due no later than Oct. 15, 2020

ServeSafe Manager Website

Pacific’s MSCN program supports student success by covering the costs of the following:

Expense Description Cost Paid by Pacific MSCN Program
FNCE® virtual attendance in Fall1 trimester, the Academy’s Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo $105
RDN Exam Prep Course with Jean Inman $385
SPSS Statistics Pacific provides open access to students
Program subscriptions to valuable resources, including UptoDate, AND Nutrition Care Manual, AND Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual, eNCPT for the Nutrition Care Process $1,000 a year for all students
EXXAT online system for supervised clinical practice experience (SCPE), compliance tracking service (immunizations, backgrounds etc.) $135