Master of Dietetics Application requirements

With a bachelor’s degree, you may complete requirements to take the RDN credentialing exam in one calendar year. 

Application requirements


  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (confirmed with transcripts)
  • Nutrition/dietetics classes must be passed with a B- or better.

Additional prerequisites are different depending on whether the applicant earned their undergraduate degree from:

from accredited Nutrition and Dietetics program

Students with a Verification Statement from an accredited bachelor’s degree program (DPD) in Nutrition and Dietetics, will automatically meet all course requirements. Grade requirements still apply.

From non-accredited Nutrition and Dietetics program or closely-related field

Prerequisites for starting the Master of Dietetics program with a undergraduate degree in biology, exercise science or health education, or in nutrition and dietetics from a non-accredited program:

  • 1 year of general chemistry or one year of a biology/organic chem/inorganic chem course
  • 1 year of anatomy and physiology 
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Food science 
  • Introduction to nutrition (3 credits)
  • Nutrient metabolism course, such as cell biochemistry, biochemistry or advanced nutrition
  • Food service management/Quality foods class and ServSafe

Students not meeting course prerequisites should discuss options to take these courses with the program director. Other courses not on this list, such as Lifecycle Nutrition, Nutrition Education, Human Pathophysiology, Exercise Physiology, Introduction to Sociology, and other related courses will be considered in the event that some of the exact prerequisite courses have not been taken.

Transcripts from all colleges attended will be evaluated for meeting prerequisites.

Application requirements:

  1. Work requirement in Food Service or Health Care - 200-300 documented hours
  2. Two letters of recommendation from:
    • Nutrition and dietetics faculty member
    • Work supervisor.
      • Letters should discuss attendance, professionalism, behavior, attitude, interest in the profession and the ability to do written and oral graduate work.
  3. Written resume with documentation of significant classroom and experiential learning experiences in courses
  4. Written personal statement that addresses the following:
    • Personal interest in nutrition and dietetics
    • Significant academic or work responsibilities
    • Professional goals and reasons for desiring to enroll in this program
    • Personal strengths, and areas in which you need to gain experience
    • Anything else you would like us to know about you
  5. Interview with faculty and selection committee