Preprofessional Students

Major Criterion for Admission:   On a 4-point scale, a 3.0 overall GPA is required and a 2.75 science GPA. Before entering the Professional Dietetics Program, students must have received a B or above in HNES 250: Nutrition Science and a C or above in CHEM 117, BIOC 260, Microbiology 202 (and Lab), Anatomy and Physiology (Biol 220/L and 221/L). Applications from students with less than a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses required on the Dietetics 4 Year Plan of Study WILL NOT be considered. The cumulative GPA of 3.0 and cumulative sciences GPA of 2.75 will be evaluated again before the beginning of the Fall semester.

Applications are due mid January for admittance the following fall. Please see the due date on the application for the exact date. Applications received after the due date listed on the application will not be considered.

**Individual applications MUST include the following:
1.  Cover letter. 
2.  A completed Application Form.
3.  Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended (include transfer sheet if  applicable)
4.  Two (2) letters of reference (under separate cover)

NOTE: The courses (or equivalent) listed for the 1st and 2nd year of the 4 year plan of study (pre-professional) must be completed prior to fall semester of the junior year before entering the DEP or DPD professional program. If incomplete at the time of application, a plan to correct this deficiency is needed in the cover letter. Exceptions may be made through the Dietetics Program Coordinator.  Students who have not completed the required science courses will forfeit their position in the program.

Selection criteria will be based on: cumulative GPA in required pre-professional course, science GPA, letters of recommendation, paid work experience in dietetics and/or, non-dietetics, volunteer experience, membership and participation in professional student organizations including SAND and/or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, cover letter, completed application and a personal interview. 

The notification on the decision for your selection into the Program will be e-mailed to your e-mail address that you provided, no later than April 1st each year. 

Send completed application to: 

North Dakota State University
Director, Dietitian Education Program
Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences
Box 6050, Dept. 2620
Fargo ND 58108-6050 USA

For students interested in pursuing the Accelerated BS/MS for Dietetics and Nutrition:

Major Criteria for Admission:

These students must meet all of the criteria listed above for Undergraduate students.  Once admitted to the Professional phase of the program in the spring of year 2 (sophomore year), they must meet several additional requirements.:
1.  Students must have achieved a 3.5 overall GPA and a 2.75 in sciences in order to petition the Graduate School for acceptance to an accelerated program. This must be maintained through the application and acceptance to the graduate program.
2.  Submit a petition to the Graduate School for the Accelerated option in the summer of year 2 (after sophomore year):
3.  Apply to the Graduate School for admission:
4.  The application to the Graduate School will require:
a. Copies of all transcripts
b. A Statement of Purpose
c. Letters of Recommendation
d. Writing sample
Once admitted to the program, students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and earn a 'C' or better in all HNES and graduate courses. Students earn a BS degree in dietetics at the end of 4 years and an MS degree in Exercise/Nutrition Science after year 5. After year 5, students who successfully complete all components of the program (BS, MS, and 1400 hours supervised practice) will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration exam.


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