MSU Denver

About this Program

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

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

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:

  • A fast-track program that allows students to progress quickly through the undergraduate degree.
  • Students are able to begin graduate courses alongside undergraduate study saving up to a full year of time and tuition.
  • Convenient hybrid classes in the graduate degree portion, allowing you to balance your studies and life.
  • Experiential and service-learning projects, enhancing knowledge and skills relevant to the field.
  • Culturally responsive curriculum, leading to a more well-rounded expertise.
  • Small class sizes, providing more interaction and connection with peers and faculty.
  • A diverse faculty and student population, encouraging depth of thought in and out of the classroom
  • Research experience, focused on addressing issues critical to diverse populations.

Program Curriculum

Experiential learning is a focus in our curriculum. Throughout this program you will see growth in your content knowledge, leadership skills, and networking opportunities.

Undergraduate courses are typically offered in a 16-week block, however some undergraduate courses are offered in an 8-week block. Undergraduate courses can be delivered in various instructional methods such as: face-to-face, online and hybrid. Please see the Class Schedule for more information on how your courses will be offered.

Graduate courses are offered in 8-week blocks and delivered in hybrid format partnering the best of online education and face-to-face learning. Engaging in the classroom with peers and faculty members deepens the learning experience, broadens perspective, and will strengthen your professional network. The online content of the hybrid format enhances the convenience of the program, allowing us to meet your needs as a busy individual.

Degree Completion Options

Students enrolled in the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program can complete the degree as either a full-time or part-time student.

Students enrolled in the full-time option will:

  • complete all required courses within a five (5) year timeframe
  • enroll in approximately 12-15 credit hours per semester

Students enrolled in the part-time option:

  • must complete the 3+2 Program degree within eight (8) calendar years from their initial enrollment term

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Admission Policy for the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program:

Students in this program earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree at graduation. Current matriculating MSU Denver undergraduate students may apply to the Nutrition and Dietetics 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.

Application Requirements

To apply for the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program, the following items must be submitted/completed:

  • Completed online Graduate Admission Application
  • $50 non-refundable fee (Submitted online)
  • Personal statement essay (submitted within Graduate Admission Application). The personal statement must be limited to 500 words and answer only the following questions:
    1. Using your own words, please explain your understanding of the 3+2 Nutrition and Dietetics Program and the work it entails.
    2. How do you plan to stay motivated and balance the demands of rigorous graduate coursework? Please provide examples.
    3. What are your short term and long term goals as they relate to the 3+2 Nutrition and Dietetics Program?
  • Resume (submitted within Graduate Admission Application)
  • Contact information (phone and email) for three (3) professional and/or academic references (submitted within Graduate Admission Application)

Additionally, to be fully admitted to the 3+2 program, students must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a “B” or better in NUT 3150 and NUT 3160.

Throughout the application materials, students are encouraged to highlight diversity and/or life experiences that will benefit the profession and their success in a graduate program.

Examples of diversity and/or life experiences include but are not limited to first-generation status, racial-ethnic diversity, working with diverse populations, bilingual skills and/or other unique life experiences that highlight overcoming adversity. 

Additional Program Prerequisites

Beyond the completion of NUT 3150 and NUT 3160, full program acceptance also requires the completion of the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of C- or higher in:

  • Introductory statistics
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Organic and biological chemistry with lab (minimum of 1 semester combined)
  • Anatomy and physiology (equivalent of 6 credit hours)

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified via email of their application status. Applicants may be accepted, accepted with conditions, waitlisted, or denied admission.

If a student applies to the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program, but does not receive admittance into the program, the student can complete a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Regular Admission with Requirements

Acceptance with requirements may be granted if a student is registered for NUT 3150 and NUT 3160. Students must successfully complete NUT 3150 and NUT 3160 with a grade of B or better for full acceptance to the program. Students with a GPA lower than a 3.0 can be accepted into the program. Students accepted into the program with a GPA lower than a 3.0 must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during the first semester of the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer in up to six (6) credits of graduate level coursework from a regionally accredited university. Each transfer course must have a minimum grade of “C” and have been completed within 5 years of admission to the program.

Prior Learning Assessment

In general, no credit is given for prior learning experience derived from employment or other life experience.


Students not enrolled for three (3) consecutive semesters, including summer, must reapply to the University. Students requesting readmission must be in good academic standing and must submit their application for readmission to the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program in which they have been enrolled.

Important Deadlines

The Spring Application Cycle Opens on June 1, 2022.

For Spring 2023, the priority deadline is October 1, 2022.  Acceptance after the priority deadline is only granted if space in the program is available. The final application deadline for Spring 2023 is December 1, 2022.

Mission and Goals

The mission of the 3+2 Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is to prepare diverse students to become nutrition leaders who practice effectively and contribute solutions for human health and healthcare challenges. The program’s goals are to:

  • Utilize experiential opportunities to prepare students to use evidence-based nutrition practice in their chosen profession
  • Prepare students to secure advanced nutrition-related employment in healthcare, government, industry, education or not-for-profit programs

CDR Requirement

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.

Proposed Tuition and Fees

Until students accumulate 132 credit hours, 3+2 students will be classified as undergraduates for financial aid and Colorado Opportunity Fund purposes (COF applies to courses numbered 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 only). Upon successful completion of all requirements for both degrees, students will receive both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics degree during commencement. This degree meets the didactic program in dietetics (DPD) requirements as outlined by the Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

The proposed tuition for the undergraduate level courses can be found here.

The proposed tuition for the graduate level courses is $550/credit hour for residents and $650/credit hour for non-residents. Proposed tuition and fee schedules are outlined below.

Financial Aid

Financial aid information can be found on the MSU Denver Financial Aid website.

Graduate Proposed Tuition and Fees

3+2 FAQs



MSU Denver’s Nutrition and Dietetics Didactic Program in Dietetics
is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 800-877-1600 ext. 5400

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Department of Nutrition


Office Location:
West Classroom 240

Office Hours:
8:00am – 5:00pm

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Nutrition
Campus Box 33N
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362