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.
Admissions criteria for
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
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 Apr. 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 Apr. 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.
- If you're sending electronic transcripts, please wait until close to the Apr. 1 deadline to request them as many schools only allow transcripts to be viewable for 30 days.
Important: Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's to be eligible to take 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 is now open. Please read the instructions above and in the application form carefully. The deadline to apply is Apr. 1.
The MS-CPD two-year professional course sequence consists of 42 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.
- Transferring credits from other institutions
To find equivalent courses at other universities and community colleges for CPD prerequisite courses, you can check with our NFS graduate advisor or see our transfer plans:
- Go to Transfer Plans.
- From the alphabetized list of schools and click on your choice.
- Scroll down the list and click the link for "Dietetics," to see the equivalent courses at that school.
- International transcripts
Students with a transcript from another country (including Canada) must obtain a course-by-course transcript evaluation from an independent agency that validates academic degrees. Students applying to an ACEND-accredited program must have a degree that is equivalent to a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
Important: Only reports from foreign degree evaluation agencies will be accepted when applying to the CPD at WSU.
International students can find more information on coming to WSU at our Office of International Students and Scholars.
- Guidelines for dietetics students from other universities
For students with a bachelor's from an ACEND-accredited dietetics program
- Students can apply to the MS-CPD without any additional prerequisite coursework.
- Students must repeat any required courses (including prereqs) for which they received a "D" grade (1.5 or less).
For students who have a bachelor's degree in another discipline
- Students with a degree in another discipline must fulfill all prerequisite courses which can be found on our Master of Science in Dietetics requirements page.