Master of Science in Dietetics admissions
Master's Coordinated Program in Dietetics (MS-CPD)
⚠️ Important: Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master's degree 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.
Admission General Information
- Admission to the MS-CPD requires that you apply directly to the NFS department via the MS-CPD application. If you are selected for the program, you will receive further instructions regarding your application to the WSU Graduate School.
- The deadline to apply each year is April 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 April 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 degree is from outside the U.S., and two professional recommendation letters.
- Please note: If you are sending electronic transcripts, please wait until close to the April 1 deadline to request them, as many schools only allow transcripts to be viewable for 30 days.
The application period is now open. Please note that COVID-19 vaccination is required for acceptance into the MS-CPD and accepted students will need to provide proof of vaccination.
Visit the Master of Science in Dietetics program for more information.
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, 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 degree 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.