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Eligibility & Requirements

The online master's degree program is open for enrollment for the fall and spring semesters each year.

To be considered for admission, all students must meet the following requirements:

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). Learn more about becoming a registered dietitian.

Grade Point Average

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

A GRE score is NOT required for this program.

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. 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

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: Apr 28, 2021

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

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