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COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dietitian Nutritionist program is altering its  application requirements to be consistent with the safety precautions and guidelines issued by the University, state and local governments. To accommodate this effort, the requirements for applicants to the program for fall 2021 admissions have been updated.

Changes in effect for admissions submitted for fall 2021 only are as follow:

  • You are still required to submit a resume, however the volunteer or paid work experience requirement will not be weighted on the admissions evaluation for applicants.
  • Two letters of recommendation will be required (academic and volunteer/work supervisor); the registered dietitian recommendation letter will not be required.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who have completed, or who are currently completing, a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) must complete the following courses for a letter grade:

  • 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
  • *Biochemistry, 3 credits
  • Communications, 3 credits
  • Business or Economics, 3 credits
  • Humanities or Social Science, 3 credits
  • Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits
  • English Composition/Writing, 6 credits 
  • Algebra, 2–4 credits
  • *Introduction to Nutrition, 3 credits
  • Introduction to the Profession of Dietetics, 1 credit
  • Food and Culture, 3 credits
  • Nutrition Assessment, 3 credits
  • Nutrition Education, 3 credits
  • Nutrient Metabolism, 3-6 credits
  • Food Applications with Lab, 4 credits
  • Food Service Management, 3 credits
  • Life Cycle Nutrition, 3 credits
  • Nutrition Therapy, 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 requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 (based on 4.0)
  • A minimum grade of C- in all courses designated as prerequisites taken at the University of Pittsburgh; a C or better is required for transfer.

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: March 15. Application review beings in January.

All applicants must:

  • Complete the SHRS ApplyYourself application;
  • Submit a self-evaluation essay, discussing strengths, skills and experiences that will contribute to success in the 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 official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale is required.

Applications can be submitted when course requirements are in progress.

Admission is for the fall term only.

International Applicants

International applicants please review specific requirements here.

Essential Program Standards

All candidates and graduates must possess the essential physical, cognitive and behavioral abilities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level dietitian. Candidates with disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The following link provides detailed information on essential program standards

Please note that this program requires students to complete portions of their education (e.g., supervised practice experiences) at facilities external to the University to meet requirements for graduation. Many of these external facilities require screening measures such as, but not limited to, criminal background check, child abuse clearance, health appraisal, fingerprint-based background check and/or drug test prior to placement at the facility. The results of these requirements may limit and potentially eliminate placement options for the student which can, in turn, result in an inability to meet graduation requirements. Additionally, conviction of a misdemeanor, felony, or felonious or illegal act abuse may prevent the student from becoming credentialed and/or licensed to practice in the field.

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission. For information on University equal opportunity and affirmative action programs and complaint/grievance procedures, contact the Office of Affirmative Action, 901 William Pitt Union, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, 412-648-7860412-648-7860.


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