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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

Completion of the following courses for a letter grade:

  • General Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs
  • Biology 1 & 2 (Biology 2 must include a genetics component. Non-Pitt students may take Genetics or a Bio 2 course that includes genetics)
  • Biology Lab
  • Organic Chemistry (CHEM 0350 at Pitt) (OCHEM 1 & 2 - non-Pitt students)   
  • *Biochemistry
  • Microbiology (Food Microbiology not accepted)
  • Algebra or higher math (exemption okay for Pitt students)
  • Statistics
  • English Composition
  • English Writing
  • Communications
  • Business
  • Sociology/ Social Science/ Humanities
  • Psychology
  • *Introduction to Nutrition
  • +Introduction to Dietetics
  • +Food and Culture
  • Electives to equal 63 credits
  • *These courses need to have been completed within the past five years.
  • +These courses can be taken in the first year of the Dietitian Nutritionist Program.

Suggested Prerequisite Schedule for Pitt Students

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 begins in January.

All applicants must:

  • Submit an application;
    • Current Pitt students (including regional campuses) and post-baccalaureate applicants complete the SHRS ApplyYourself application;
    • External undergraduate (non-Pitt) applicants complete the Transfer 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;
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required prior to review. Undergraduate Pitt students do NOT need to supply their Pitt transcript. However, if you have earned college credit from any other schools, we will require those transcripts. If you are a student in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, we should have access to the transcripts for any non-Pitt coursework that already appears on your Pitt transcript as Transfer Credit. If you have non-Pitt coursework that does not already appear on your Pitt transcript, you must send us an official transcript. Otherwise, we will contact you if any transcripts are 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, the 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.),  (, phone (1-800-877-1600 or 1-800-877-1600 x5400), or mail (120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995).