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Prerequisites for the Post-Baccalaureate Year


  • Foundations of Biology 1 with Lab, 4 credits
  • Genetics or Foundations of Biology 2, 3 credits
  • Human Physiology, 4 credits
  • Introduction to Microbiology, 3 credits
  • General Chemistry 1 with Lab, 4 credits
  • General Chemistry 2 with Lab, 4 credits
  • Organic Chemistry 1, 3 credits
  • Organic Chemistry 2, 3 credits
  • *Clinical Biochemistry, 3 credits
  • Public Speaking, 3 credits
  • Introduction to Economics, 3 credits
  • English Composition/Writing (ENGCMP 0200 minimum), 6 credits 
  • Algebra, 2–4 credits
  • *Introduction to Nutrition, 3 credits
  • Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits
  • Introduction to Sociology, 3 credits

*These courses need to have been completed within the past five years.

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 cr.).

+Genetics is preferred; however, a Biology 2 course with a strong genetics component will fulfill the requirement.

International Applicants

The post baccalaureate year is the entry to the Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics for all international applicants. All international students must complete the Post Baccalaureate Year prior to admission consideration for the MS program.

Please review the SHRS International Applicant page for further information. 

Application Deadline

March 15; however, we encourage students to apply prior to the deadline as the program will begin reviewing applications in January. 

Admission Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself online application. *Please note you must select the Coordinated Master in Dietetics program when creating your application but submit the post baccalaureate prerequisite form available in the downloadable forms section of the application. Questions?;
  • Submit a self-evaluation essay, discussing strengths, skills, and experiences that will contribute to success in the CMD Program and your professional goals as a registered dietitian;
  • Submit resume demonstrating evidence of adequate exposure to the field of dietetics and an appreciation of the breadth, depth, and scope of practice. This can be accomplished through either volunteer or paid work experience in a nutrition and dietetics related settings; there is no minimum number of hours required;
  • Submit three letters of recommendation: one from a registered dietitian, one from a supervisor in volunteer or work experience and one form a college professor. These letters should address the applicant's academic, professional and personal attributes and potential for meaningful graduate study. At least one letter should speak to your leadership experience and commitment to service; 
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. International applicants must also submit an Academic Credential Evaluation. For more information click here;
  • Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to the University of Pittsburgh institution code 2927.  Achieve minimum scores at the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 or better on the analytical writing section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • Applications can be submitted when course requirements are in progress;
  • Admission is for the fall term only. To be considered for admission your application must be complete by the application deadline.

For each applicant, the Admissions Committee:

  • Reviews the applicant's professional commitment, communication skills and professional attributes as revealed by written essays and statements in reference letters;
  • Reviews college transcripts and standardized test scores to determine the applicant's ability to manage and excel in the program and as a registered dietitian;
  • Interviews candidates onsite or via Skype.

The Coordinated Master in Nutrition and Dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D.), (, phone (1-800-877-1600 or 1-800-877-1600 x5400), or mail (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).