Master of Science in Dietetics requirements

Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)

Students applying to the Coordinated Program in Dietetics/Master of Science in Dietetics degree must have completed a bachelor's degree by June 1 of the year of application.

  • Prerequisite courses

    All grades of "D" for prerequisite courses must be repeated. See CPD prerequisite courses below.

    For applicants who have a bachelor's degree, any remaining prerequisite courses do not need to be completed to apply by the April 1 deadline; you may be enrolled in some of the courses at the time of application, and you have the spring/summer semester to complete the remaining courses before the fall semester when the program begins. However, the more of these courses that are completed at the time of application, the more competitive your application will be.

    Transferring courses?

    If you want to check for equivalent courses at another college or university, you can visit the transfer credit search engine. You can also contact our NFS graduate advisor or an advisor at the school where you plan to complete the prerequisite courses.

    CPD prerequisite courses

    Course # Title Credits
    BIO 2870 Anatomy/Physiology 5
    BIO 2270 & 2271 Principles of Microbiology & Lab 3 + 2
    CHM 1100 & 1130 General Chemistry I & Lab 4 + 1
    CHM 1140 & 1150 General Chemistry II & Lab 4 + 1
    CHM 1240 Organic Chemistry I 4
    STA 1020 Statistics 3
    PSY 1020 Psychology 3
    ANT 1100 or
    SOC 1010

    Anthropology or Sociology

    MGT 2530 Management 3
    NFS 2130 & 2140 Food Science & Lab 3 + 1
    NFS 3230 Human Nutrition 3
    NFS 2220 Human Nutrition Lab 1
    NFS 4230 Macronutrient Metabolism 3
    NFS 4231 Human Nutrition: Micronutrients 3

    To find out when specific courses will be offered on our schedule of classes, and to see our academic calendars visit our

    Office of the Registrar

    To see a sample schedule for the CPD, look for the Overview of Courses in the Professional Program in our handbook.

    CPD Handbook

  • Program courses

    Upon acceptance into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, students will follow the two-year course sequence below for a total of 42 credits. Students in the CPD must maintain an overall University GPA of 3.0 or better, and a B or better in all supervised practice and didactic courses. For more information on program retention and policies, please see our CPD Handbook .

    CPD program courses

    First semester (year one, fall)

    Course # Title Credits
    NFS 5100 Nutrition Care Process I 2
    NFS 5220 Community Nutrition 2
    NFS 5350 Management of Food Service Systems 4
    NFS 5510 Supervised Practice 1 3

    Second semester (year one, winter)

    Course # Title Credits
    NFS 5120 Nutrition Care Process II 2
    NFS 5250 Nutrition and Disease 4
    NFS 5520 Supervised Practice 2 3

    Third semester (year two, fall)

    Course # Title Credits
    NFS 5200 Advanced Dietetics 3
    NFS 7060 Research Problems 2
    NFS 7240 Nutritional Epidemiology 3
    NFS 5530 Supervised Practice 3 3

    Fourth semester (year two, winter)

    Course # Title Credits
    NFS 5360 Management of Nutrition Care Services 3
    NFS 6860 Controversial Issues in Dietetics 2
    NFS 7800 Master's Capstone in Dietetics 3
    NFS 5540 Supervised Practice 4 3

  • International students

    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.

    Only reports from foreign degree evaluation agencies will be accepted when applying to the CPD at WSU.

  • Graduate and program completion requirements

    Criteria for program completion are:

    1. Successful completion of all prerequisites (courses must have been completed within five years of application to the program based on time-sensitive course work).
    2. Completion of the requirements for a master's degree. For students receiving a degree outside the U.S., a course-by-course equivalency statement from an approved agency must be included with the application packet (see International Students above).
    3. Achievement of knowledge and performance competency requirements specified by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) at satisfactory or better.
    4. Attainment of at least the minimum in grade point average, coursework grades, supervised practice evaluation scores, and assignments. Complete criteria can be found in our CPD Handbook under Retention, Disciplinary Policies and Procedures.
    5. Successful completion of all CPD courses including 1032 hours of supervised practice:
      1. It is the student's responsibility to be sure they have successfully completed all program and course requirements.
      2. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they are enrolled at WSU in the correct designation (graduate), and that they are satisfying all the program courses during their time at WSU.
    6. The program must be completed within three years of the fall semester of the year of program entrance. If the time period is longer, the student will need to repeat program courses (and possibly specific prerequisite courses) at the discretion of the CPD faculty, based on their assessment of student learning.

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