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Eligibility and Requirements

RDN Credential

Students must be credentialed as a registered dietitian nutritionist, with current professional licensure when required by their state.

Master's Degree

Eligible applicants are required to have a master's degree in nutrition and dietetics or a related field.

Professional Work Experience

Students must be currently employed in the field of nutrition and dietetics (may be part time).

Grade Point Average

A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for both undergraduate and graduate course work.


Students in this program are required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

Background Check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to provide to KU a background check report. This one-time expense must be paid for by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation. Students will be asked to complete this process upon official acceptance into the program.

For more information, please see the School of Health Professions background check instructions.

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.

International applicants to this program must reside in a country that has reciprocity with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Official TOEFL exam scores are required for international applicants and must be sent directly to KU Medical Center (Institution code 6875).

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 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: Jun 27, 2020

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Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., RD
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