How to Apply

Application Deadlines

  • March 15 for fall semester start
  • October 15 for spring semester start
  • No admission available for summer semester

How to get started:

  1. Decide which of the participating institutions will be the student's "home" institution. This university will grant a master's degree in dietetics and nutrition from the University of Kansas upon completion of the program. KU is an excellent choice!

  2. Contact Kendra Spaeth, KU Medical Center coordinator for Great Plains IDEA at to notify KU of the student's plans for applying.

  3. Applications will be submitted online, and must include all required materials to be considered.

    Admission to this program is not guaranteed. All applications will be reviewed based on prior academic work, previous and current professional and volunteer experience, personal goals statement, and references.

Before you start the online application

It will be helpful if you have the following information ready before starting the online application:

  1. Read the nonacademic technical standards carefully. Accepted applicants will be asked to indicate if the technical standards can be met with or without accommodation.

  2. Proof of registered dietitian credential or eligibility: Copy your current CDR registration (if registered RD) or a signed verification statement from the director of the supervised practice program (if not registered). This will be uploaded with the online application.

  3. Personal goals statement: Explain your interest in this program at KU Medical Center. Include a summary of your academic and/or professional experience, professional goals, and how completion of the degree is expected to enhance the student's professional practice and/or long-term goals. Discuss the area(s) of interest for graduate studies and if the thesis or non-thesis option will be pursued. Copy-and-paste as plain text into the designated field in the online application.

  4. Resume: Prepare an updated resume and upload it where indicated in the online application.

  5. References: Applicants will enter the names and contact information (including email addresses) of three (3) individuals into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit the recommendation form and accompanying letter online.

    A reference should be a faculty member, advisor, preceptor, employer or other person familiar with the applicant's work and character and can attest to the applicant's academic ability or professional competence as a dietitian. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc. Make sure each reference is willing to submit this electronically, and inform him or her that they will be receiving an email from “KU Medical Center <>” requesting them to submit an online reference.

  6. Transcripts: Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university that you have attended sent directly to KU Medical Center. If the institution provides electronic transcripts, please have them sent to Hardcopy transcripts can be mailed to the following address:
    Attn: GPIDEA Admissions
    KU Dept. of Dietetics and Nutrition
    Mail Stop 4013
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160

  7. English Language Proficiency: All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through either the TOEFL or IELTS testing systems. The test must have been taken within two (2) years of the first semester of enrollment. Results must be provided directly to KUMC by the testing service using ETS school code 6895. Photocopies of scores will not be accepted (see guidelines for TOEFL).

Notification: KU Office of Graduate Studies sends applicants a letter stating the conditions of admission and admission status.

Online Application

Note: Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUMBIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by electronic check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

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,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Jan 24, 2018

Eligibility and Requirements
See what's needed to qualify for the online master's degree program.

Program Overview


Eligibility and Requirements

How to Apply

Contact Us

Eligibility and admissions questions
Kendra Spaeth
GPIDEA campus coordinator and course advisor
913-588-8992 (email)

Research questions
Jeannine Goetz, Ph.D., RD
GPIDEA program director