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MS Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Admissions Requirements

COVID-19 Adjustments for Fall 2022

In response to the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology will waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement for admission to the MS CPD, MS NEP, and PhD NEP for Fall 2022.


Applicants to the MS CPD must have a bachelor’s degree that satisfies one of the following options:

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from WSU
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Physiology from another university
Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition/Dietetics from another university

Eligible applicants must also have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the MS CPD prerequisite courses
  • No grade lower than a C in any individual prerequisite course

MS CPD Prerequisites

The following prerequisite undergraduate college courses are also required. As a general rule, all prerequisite coursework should be no more than seven years old at the time of application. However, each situation is reviewed on an individual basis. Please contact our Academic Coordinator at for more information.

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • General Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Public Speaking


Applications for admission are submitted online through the WSU Graduate School. Deadline is January 31 every year. The MS CPD admits for fall semester only.

Required materials include:

  1. WSU Graduate School Application
  2. Statement of Purpose: Suggested Guidance: Please provide a 1-2 page statement of purpose that introduces yourself and motivations for entering the fields of dietetics, nutrition, and exercise physiology. Summarize your undergraduate education and how your work, volunteer, and/or life experiences relate to your academic journey and long-term goals. Finally, describe how the WSU MS CPD will help you achieve your professional goals.
  3. Resume
  4. 3 to 4 Letters of Recommendation
  5. TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB scores, if applicable (Minimum scores and English language proficiency waivers)

Acceptance into the MS CPD is based on meeting the admissions criteria, a student’s readiness for the program as judged by the Admissions Committee, and the availability of quality supervised practice sites for the clinical, food management, and community rotations.

Admissions Timeline

Applications are released to the MS CPD Academic Coordinator following the January deadline. An initial analysis is conducted to confirm completion of prerequisites. Next, the applications are submitted to the MS CPD Director and Admissions Committee. Each application is read and scored using a common rubric. The Admissions Committee meets to discuss the scored applications and narrow the pool of candidates to a group of individuals they wish to interview for admissions. Interviews are rated using a common point system and the score is added to the overall application score.

Interviews typically take place in late February or early March. Up to 30 candidates who meet or exceed the rigorous admissions benchmarks are offered admission to the MS CPD by the end of March. A waitlist is maintained in the event that some candidates decline admission.

Contact information

Jill Wagner
NEP Academic Coordinator




MS CPD Student Handbook
COVID-19 Handbook Addendum

MS CPD Accreditation

Program is accredited from December 1, 2020 – December 31, 2028 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

ACEND contact information:
120 South Riverside Plaza, Ste 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
(800) 877-1600 ext. 5400