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Non-degree-seeking Students

The KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition welcomes students who may be interested in nutrition courses, but do not wish to pursue a degree. Registered dietitians and other health professionals frequently take one or two courses for a professional development portfolio (1 graduate credit = 15 CEU) and also for personal education.

Advantages to using graduate credits from KU as Continuing Education Units:

  • The cost per CEU is competitive – no airline ticket or lodging costs

  • Many courses offered by distance education (see course descriptions)

  • Updating of your professional knowledge and skills

  • Non-degree-seeking students can become degree-seeking and apply 6 credits toward the MS degree, if prerequisites for graduate admission are met.

Before You Apply Online

  1. Read the Nonacademic Technical Standards carefully. Accepted applicants will be asked to indicate if the Nonacademic Technical Standards can be met with or without accommodation.

  2. 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: Admissions
    KU Dept. of Dietetics and Nutrition
    Mail Stop 4013
    3901 Rainbow Blvd
    Kansas City, KS 66160

    Note: References and GRE scores are waived for non-degree applicants.

Costs: The costs for non-degree master's coursework are the same as the master's degree program.

Visitor Status:
Visitor status is for a non-degree seeking graduate student who does not wish to receive graduate credit or a grade for a course. Visitor status will be granted on a space available basis. The “Visitor” can apply for Continuing Education Units from a professional organization for a course attended as a Visitor. The Visitor pays tuition and library fees. For "Visitors" who are Kansas residents and over 60 years of age, tuition is waived.

For the application process, the application must be submitted as outlined above but transcripts are not required.

A visiting student permission permit must be signed by the instructor and student and submitted with the application for admission. The permit can be obtained from the department (913-588-5355 or

Deadlines: No deadlines exist; however, the application process will take about four weeks.

The Office of Graduate Studies will send a letter to the student and the department when the student’s application is accepted. You will receive your user ID and password by email which allows you to enroll via the Enroll and Pay webpage.

If you are a graduate student in another department at the University of Kansas, contact the department (913-588-5355 or or the instructor for the course of interest to see if the course would be appropriate for someone with your background and career goals. Also, obtain approval from your advisor to use the course toward your degree.

Students at KU Medical Center: Enroll in the course in the usual manner. You will not need any permission or code numbers.

Students at KU-Lawrence: (1) contact the course instructor to obtain a permission code number and (2) have your advisor contact the registrar at KU-Lawrence to institute a "Career Pointer Exception" so that the course will be calculated in your GPA.

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: Sep 07, 2018

This program begins three times each year, once each in fall, spring and summer semesters. Students may enroll full-time or part-time and many classes are available online.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall start: July 1
  • Spring start: Dec 1
  • Summer start: May 1

Learn about the program

Program Overview

Eligibility and Requirements

How to Apply

Tuition and Fees


Student Handbook