Future students: Graduate admissions

Savor the flavor of academic excellence and cultivate your expertise in the science of nutrition and food at Wayne State University.

Master of Science in Dietetics

Admissions info for the Master's Coordinated Program in Dietetics (MS-CPD) program.


  • Admission to the MS-CPD program requires that you apply directly using the MS-CPD application. If selected for the program, you'll receive further instructions regarding your application to the WSU Graduate School.
  • The deadline to apply each year is March 1 for the program that starts in the fall semester of that year. Please note that no special consideration is given to applicants before the application due date. Application review will begin after March 1 for all applications received. The application will open in January each year.
  • Admission requires a completed application, official transcripts or a course-by-course evaluation if your bachelor's degree is from outside the U.S., and two professional recommendation letters.

Important: Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's to be eligible for the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). For more information about this requirement visit the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


The application period for 2024 is now closed. Please check back in January 2025 for the opening of applications for 2025.

Tuition information

The MS-CPD two-year professional course sequence consists of 34 graduate-level credits. This does not include prerequisite courses. For information on WSU tuition, please visit tuition and fees and also see current university tuition rates. For MS-CPD-specific costs, please visit our Becoming an RD page, and for help with tuition, see this financial aid information.

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Master of Arts/Science in Nutrition and Food Science

Criteria for acceptance

  • Must be granted admission to the Graduate School
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, preferably in a science/health-related field. Exceptional applicants outside these fields will be considered
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point of 3.0
  • GRE test scores are not strictly required but are recommended
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, completion of the English proficiency requirement, scores from TOEFL (79 internet-based and 550 paper-based), MELAB (85) or IELTS (6.5) is required

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Master of Arts in Nutrition and Food Sciences and Public Health

See admissions criteria for the M.A. in Nutrition and Food Sciences and Public Health.

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Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science

See admissions criteria for the Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science.

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