Eligibility & Requirements

The online master's degree program is open for enrollment for the fall, spring and summer semesters each year. To be considered for admission, all students must meet the following requirements:

  1. RD Credential
    Students must be credentialed as a registered dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and submit a copy of current CDR registration card as documentation. Without an RD credential, students must be registration-eligible, having completed both an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics and an accredited dietetic internship or a Coordinated Program in Dietetics (which encompasses both the academic degree and the supervised practice).

  2. Academic Requirements

    A bachelor’s degree is required and may be in any field but must have included specific prerequisite courses in biochemistry, physiology and nutrition. Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency.

  3. Graduate Record Examination Score

    An official score on the Graduate Record Examination revised General Test is required and official results must be sent directly to KU by the testing agency. The following minimum scores are recommended: Verbal Reasoning-150, Quantitative Reaoning-150, Analytical Writing-4.0. For GRE information, visit www.gre.org.

  4. Grade Point Average

    A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for college course work is required for admission.


International Students 
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.

The Great Plains IDEA program acknowledges reciprocity as outlined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Reciprocity is defined as individuals who have completed the education and credentialing requirements in one country may be eligible for another country's credentialing examination if the two countries have entered into an agreement to allow this process. The Commission on Dietetics Registration currently has registration eligibility reciprocity agreements with the following foreign dietetic associations and regulatory boards:

  • Canada - Dietitians of Canada

  • Netherlands - Dutch Association of Dietitians and Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture

  • Philippines - Philippine Professional Regulation Commission

  • Ireland - Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute

  • United Kingdom - Dietitians Board of the Health Professions Council in the United Kingdom


The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Nov 26, 2013
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