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Frequently Asked Questions

Common FAQs for the MS in HND, DI, and Graduate Certificate programs can be found on this page. For DI and Graduate Certificate FAQs, scroll down to access.

MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics


No, we do not require the GRE for the MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

There is not an "all online" option. The MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics is offered as a hybrid program which includes both online content and face-to-face meeting sessions for each course.

The face-to-face portion of courses in the MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics meet once a week and are typically offered in the evenings during the weekdays. To view other scheduled courses, visit the course schedule page

If you don't have a 3.0 GPA from your undergraduate degree, you can still apply to our 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 courses.

We accept students for both full-time and part-time tracks. 

Students enrolled in the full-time option will:

  • complete all required courses within a 2 year timeframe
  • enroll in approximately 7-12 credit hours per semester, or 3-6 credit hours per 8-week term
  • focus on up to 2 courses maximum during each 8-week term

Students enrolled in the part-time option will:

  • complete all required courses within a 3 year timeframe
  • enroll in approximately 3-7 credit hours per semester, or 1-4 credit hours per 8-week term
  • focus on 1 course at a time or up to 2 courses maximum during each 8-week term

Yes, we accept students for fall and spring start dates for the MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Applications deadlines can be found on the website for the current application cycle.

Students with a prior Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement can complete the DI and MS in HND programs at the same time. You are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to discuss completing both programs concurrently.

For students without a prior DPD verification statement who are pursuing the MS in HND program with the DPD option, you cannot complete the DI and MS program at the same time. Students in the MS + DPD program can apply to dietetic internships during the last semester of their studies.

For further questions, please email us at gradnutrition@msudenver.edu.

Students who are accepted into the MS in HND program are not automatically enrolled in or accepted into the Dietetic Internship program. The Dietetic Internship requires a separate application process.

For more information about the application process and your eligibility for the Dietetic Internship, schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling 303-615-0990 or emailing nutrition@msudenver.edu.

Yes, you can. Your application for admission and all application material received by the University will be valid for up to two semesters beyond the term of application. This means, for example, that if you are accepted for a fall semester start date but choose to not attend in fall semester, you can defer your start date to spring or summer semester. After this time, files will no longer be maintained for applicants who are accepted but did not enroll for more than two semesters. Applicants wishing to attend and be accepted into the program after that period must submit a new application/application materials along with an application fee.

You can expect to hear from us within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline. After your application is submitted, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Department of Nutrition at 303-615-0990.

Dietetic Internship


Yes, financial aid is available to interns participating in the Dietetic Internship. Interns should contact the MSU Denver Financial Aid Office. https://msudenver.edu/financialaid/ 

Interns enrolled in the Dietetic Internship must abide by all professional standards and polices outlined within the Dietetic Internship Handbook. In addition, interns must pass drug screening and criminal background checks. The program has a zero tolerance for all illegal drugs, including marijuana, even though recreational marijuana is considered legal in Colorado. Random drug screenings may be requested by the Dietetic Internship director or preceptors. More information can be found in the Dietetic Internship handbook.

MSU Denver requires that all incoming interns have:

  • measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine or evidence of titers
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine or evidence of titers
  • Tdap vaccine/booster within the past 10 years
  • varicella vaccinations or positive antibody titer
  • TB test (Mantoux)
  • flu shot

More information can be found within the Dietetic Internship handbook.

Students with a prior Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) verification statement can complete the DI and MS in HND programs at the same time. You are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to discuss completing both programs concurrently.

For students without a prior DPD verification statement who are pursuing the MS in HND program with the DPD option, you cannot complete the DI and MS program at the same time. Students in the MS + DPD program can apply to dietetic internships during the last semester of their studies.

For further questions, please email us at gradnutrition@msudenver.edu.

No, you do not. Dietetic Internship students have the option of applying for and completing the MS in HND program here at MSU Denver. However, it is not required that DI students complete the MS in HND program. These programs can be completed separately. DI students can participate in only the DI or both the DI and MS programs.

Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science


No, we do not require the GRE for the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science.

Students admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science are non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students do not qualify for financial aid.

The number of continuing education credits varies based upon your profession and the credentials you hold. For example, according to the Commission on Dietetic Registration, Registered Dietitians can earn 15 CPEU's for each 1 semester of academic credit taken. 

There is not an "all online" option. The Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science is offered as a hybrid program which includes both online content and face-to-face meeting sessions for each course.

The face-to-face portion of courses in the Graduate Certificate program are typically offered in evenings on weekdays or during the daytime on weekend days.

If you don't have a 3.0 GPA from your undergraduate degree, you can still apply to our 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 courses.

Yes, you can! Students accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science take 12 credits of graduate level coursework in the program. All 12 of these credits may also be applied to the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics degree. However, to transfer from the Grad Certificate program to the MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, students must re-apply and pay a new application fee in order to become degree seeking. Completing coursework as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission into a degree program. 

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