Department of Nutrition
Human Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program
Designed to Offer Students an Accelerated Path to a Graduate Degree
The Department of Nutrition offers a 3+2 Program in Human 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 Human Nutrition and Dietetics and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in a total of five years. The Human 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 Human 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.
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.