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The Department of Nutrition offers a 3+2 Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. Both undergraduate and graduate level coursework in nutrition includes the opportunity to conduct and analyze research, enhance critical thinking and effective communication skills, and participate in experiential learning opportunities. In this program, students earn two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in a total of five years. The Nutrition and Dietetic 3+2 Program will meet the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) requirements for students wanting to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)* after the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) requirements change in 2024.
*Students who complete the 3+2 program, earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degree at the end of the five year program and are eligible to apply for Dietetic Internships in the last semester of the five year program
At MSU Denver, quality education is the focus. Our advanced curriculum provides experiential learning in a flexible format at an affordable price. Our Nutrition and Dietetics 3+ 2 Program offers:
In 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will change the entry-level education requirements for dietitian registration eligibility from a Bachelor’s degree to a Master’s degree. In addition, students must obtain a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement. Please contact a Department of Nutrition advisor to discuss options for obtaining a verification statement.
Current matriculating MSU Denver undergraduate students may apply to the 3+2 Program after completing at least 75 credits and during or after the completion of NUT 3150 and NUT 3160.
Once admitted, a student may enroll in undergraduate and graduate courses provided prerequisites have been completed for the respective courses.
If you are a current matriculating MSU Denver undergraduate student, and would like to receive communications about the 3+2 Program prior to applying, please contact us at [email protected] to let us know you are planning to complete the 3+2 Program.
Yes, we accept students for fall and spring start dates for the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program. Applications deadlines can be found on the website for the current application cycle.
No, we do not require the GRE for the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program.
If you don’t have a 3.0 GPA from your undergraduate degree, you can still apply to the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program. You may be able to be “admitted with requirements.” Requirements to stay in the program include maintaining a 3.0 GPA your first semester of the graduate portion of the 3+2 program.
Students completing the 3+2 Program are not eligible to complete a dietetic internship until they have completed all coursework in the 3+2 program. The 3+2 program provides students with a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement, which is required to be eligible for dietetic internships. You will not obtain that DPD statement until after graduation. However, students typically apply for dietetic internships during their last semester of the program, and start their internship soon after graduation if matched.
Students in this program graduate at the end of the completion of both the 3 portion (undergraduate coursework) and the 2 portion (graduate coursework) and earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degree at the time of graduation. In the 3+2 program, you do not first earn your bachelor’s degree but both degrees on your graduation date.