Skip to main content Skip to navigation

MS Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Admissions Requirements

COVID-19 Adjustments for Fall 2021

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 2021.


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.

  • Chemistry I & II
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology I & II
  • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Public Speaking
  • Strength Training & Conditioning (for applicants with BS in Nutrition)
  • Exercise Physiology (for applicants with BS in Nutrition)


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. GRE Scores (Admissions Committee is generally looking for Verbal and Quantitative scores at or above the 50th percentile, and a 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing section)
  3. Personal Statement
  4. Resume
  5. 3 to 4 Letters of Recommendation
  6. 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

Learn more about the MS CPD

Admissions Details
Required Courses
WSU Academic Calendar
WSU and NEP Schedule of Classes
Objectives and Outcomes
MS CPD Student Handbook

Cost & Financial Info

WSU Graduate Tuition and Fees
WSU Spokane Financial Aid
Scholarships & Assistance
Spokane Housing Info
Establishing WA Residency

MS CPD Accreditation

Program is accredited from Jan. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2020 by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

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