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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine


Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (M.S. CPD)

The M.S. CPD is designed for students who intend on taking the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) exam through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The program focuses on the effects of nutrition and exercise on human health. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to focus on clinical dietetics and develop solid grounding in principles of exercise physiology, exercise testing and exercise prescription. Those with a Bachelor of Science without the combined disciplines will have an M.S. course plan to meet the requirements of the NEP program.

The degree track generally requires four semesters of graduate credits, and potentially one summer of 8-11 credits. Students complete a minimum of 44 graduate level credits covering community, clinical and food service management topics that will include a two-semester graduate seminar series. Twenty-one credits are experiential trainings in community nutrition programs, acute care settings, schools, food banks and other nutrition related programs.


Applicants to the M.S. CPD must have a bachelor’s degree that satisfies one of the following prerequisite 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

The following prerequisite undergraduate college courses are required:

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

All students admitted into the M.S. CPD program are required to have either the ACSM-CEP or EP-C credential, or take the departmental exam that assesses the student’s exercise physiology knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined by the ACSM certification criterion.


Applications are processed by the WSU Graduate School. The process includes: Application and Transcripts; Graduate Record Examination results; Personal Statement; Letters of Recommendation; English proficiency test scores if applicable; and Interview.

Applications for admission are submitted online through the WSU Graduate School. There is an application fee. Deadline is January 10 prior to the start of fall semester.

Learn more about the M.S. Coordinated Program in Dietetics

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