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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

MS CPD Admissions Information

The MS CPD application deadline for Fall 2018 is January 10, 2018.

Applications for admission are submitted online through the WSU Graduate School. Please note, the application fee is $75.

General Information about Admissions Process

Applications will be processed by the Graduate School and then released to MS CPD Academic Coordinator in mid-January.

Our Academic Coordinator will perform an initial analysis of each application to confirm completion of all the necessary prerequisites.

The application packets, with completed prerequisite checklists, will be submitted to the MS CPD director, who will screen application packets and then convene the MS CPD Admissions Committee to discuss the scoring process. Each committee member will read all applications, using a rubric to score the candidates.

The Admissions Committee will then invite qualified candidates to interview for admissions.

The formal interviews will be rated using a point system and scores will be added to the rubric used for the application packet.

Acceptance into the program is based on meeting the admissions criteria, the student’s readiness for the program judged by the interview committee, and the availability of an adequate number of quality supervised practice sites for the community, clinical, and management rotations.

GRE Scores

The MS CPD requires students take the general test for the GRE. Scores must be submitted at the time of application to the Graduate School. The Admissions Committee is particularly interested in the score on the analytical writing section, and is looking for a 3.5 or better (on a scale of 0-6).

English Language Proficiency

All international applicants must demonstrate a basic proficiency in English by submitting official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test scores. Scores must be less than two years old at the time of expected semester enrollment and sent directly to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service reporting code for Washington State University is 4705 (for the TOEFL only).

Applicants from Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Guyana, Kenya, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Trinidad and Tobago are exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

International students who have or will have graduated with a baccalaureate -level or higher degree from an accredited four-year U.S. or Canadian college or university within two years of the expected semester of enrollment at the WSU Graduate School are not required to submit English proficiency test scores TOEFL scores.

Personal Statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement that addresses such topics as: career goals, experience in the field of nutrition, exercise, wellness, reasons for choosing WSU, other information that will help the Admissions Committee know you as a person and student.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants will be asked to include three letters of reference, two from instructors and one from an employer or volunteer supervisor.


The members of the MS CPD Admissions Committee (generally 3-4 faculty members) will constitute the interview team. For students who live outside Washington state and are unable to travel to Spokane for an interview, video conference or telephone interviews will be arranged as appropriate.

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