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The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) will be voluntarily closing effective May 31, 2020. The last class of students that will be admitted to the DPD will be students who apply in the Spring Term of 2018 to begin the program as juniors in Fall 2018. No students will be admitted after this time. The DPD will maintain its ACEND accreditation status through May 31, 2020. Students who do not complete all DPD course requirements by May 31, 2020 will not be considered graduates of an ACEND-accredited DPD. For more information about the closure of the DPD, please contact Lori Cherok at

The Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition is offering two new programs: 

  • Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics (Coordinated MS) (pending approval by ACEND) which will provide both the didactic and the experiential practice competencies to meet eligibility requirements for the National Registration Examination for Registered Dietitians/Nutritionists and will replace the current DPD and CMD programs.
  • Bachelor of Science program in Nutrition Science provides students the knowledge to apply the science of food and nutrition to the well-being and health of people. This program does not prepare students to become Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists (RDNs). 

For more detailed information, please click here.

Admission Requirements for the Undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics Program/Didactic Program in Dietetics

SHRS is an upper division school meaning all of our undergraduate programs begin in the junior year.  Students typically spend their Freshman and Sophomore years in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences completing their general education requirements and any prerequisite courses needed to apply to the program.

Altogether, sixty college credits are needed to apply to the program. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. A grade of C- or better must be achieved in all courses designated as a prerequisite for admission (C or better for courses not taken at the University of Pittsburgh).

Please note that admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

Prerequisite and General Education Courses

The following prerequisite courses are required for this program:

  • Biology 1 and lab, 4 cr.
  • Biology 2, 3-4 cr.
  • General Chemistry 1 w/lab, 4 cr.
  • General Chemistry 2 w/lab, 4 cr.
  • Organic Chemistry, 3-6 cr.(1)
  • Algebra or higher math, 2-4 cr.
  • Statistics, 3-4 cr.
  • English Composition, 3 cr.
  • Intensive Writing (W) course, 3 cr.(2)
  • Economics, 3 cr.
  • Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
  • Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
  • Public Speaking, 3 cr.
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition, 3 cr.
  • Introduction to Dietetics, 1 cr.(3)
  • Introduction to Microbiology, 3 cr.(4)

(1)CHEM 0350 (3 cr.) offered each Spring Term will satisfy the Organic Chemistry requirement.  Students who do not take CHEM 0350 must take OCHEM 1 & 2 (6 credits).

(2)ENGCMP 0450: Research Writing is recommended.

(3)Provisions will be made for transfer students to take this course during the fall term of the Junior year, after admission to the program.

(4)BIOSC 1850 or HRS 1025 is recommended

Application Requirements

Pitt Students (including regional campuses)

Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application. Application Deadline: March 15.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must apply to the University of Pittsburgh by completing the Office of Admission and Financial Aid's Transfer Application and selecting Nutrition and Dietetics as their intended field of study. International transfer students click here. Application Deadline: February 15.

All applicants must:

  • Submit a personal essay—a brief statement discussing why you are interested in the program, your professional goals including how and when you became interested in that field, as well as any work or volunteer experience you have that will demonstrate your awareness of the field; 
  • Submit one letter of recommendation. Recommendation from a college instructor/professor, recent supervisor, or academic advisor preferred;
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions from which they have college credits. Current University of Pittsburgh students do not need to provide their University of Pittsburgh transcript, and can request copies of transcripts previously submitted to Pitt from their current school. Students currently at the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences can obtain copies of non-Pitt transcripts from the Office of Student Records, 140 Thackeray Hall, and drop them off in the SHRS Admissions Office, 4020 Forbes Tower; 
  • Applications can be submitted when course requirements are in progress. Prerequisite courses must be completed in the spring semester. A maximum of two courses (3-6 credits) to be completed over the summer is acceptable;
  • All applicants must demonstrate knowledge of the profession through previous work experiences, internships, field experiences and/or volunteer work experiences.