Master of Science in Nutrition/Didactic Program in Dietetics

Complete the academic and competency requirements for registered dietitian (RDN) eligibility.

Program Overview

There are many ways to turn your passion for food and nutrition into a fulfilling profession. Through a hands-on curriculum and holistic education, Bastyr’s Master of Science in Nutrition/Didactic Program in Dietetics (MSN/DPD) gives you the training you need to feel confident in pursuing a successful career in nutrition.   

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), this nutrition program will prepare you to practice nutrition counseling in a vast number of clinical settings such as private practice, hospitals, eating disorder treatment centers, rehabilitation and addiction centers, and more. 

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Program Length

2 years, full time


$742/credit hour

Program Highlights

ACEND Accredited


Number of Clinical Hours of Training

Small Class Sizes

Program Details

Students may take individual, science-based prerequisites as a non-matriculated student. If you wish to discuss taking specific pre-requisites at Bastyr, please contact Admissions. Here is a list of courses offered.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university.  
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate degree required to be considered for admission.  
  • Entering students must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university and a minimum GPA of 3.0, or a 3.0 in the last 45 credits in their undergraduate degree, or a B or better in Human Physiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology, and a C or better in all other prerequisite courses. Exceptional candidates who do not meet these standards will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Human Physiology or a combined Human Anatomy and Physiology course - 1 course

Organic Chemistry* - 1 course

Biochemistry* - 1 course

Introductory Nutrition - 1 course

General Psychology - 1 course 

College Algebra or Statistics - 1 course

Microbiology - 1 course

*Must be science major level and not survey level with at least one lab in any science class.

Note: Biochemistry course must have been taken within seven years of program start.   

View list of prerequisite courses available at Bastyr University. 

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  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist* in a vast number of clinical settings such as private practice, hospitals, eating disorder treatment centers, rehabilitation and addiction centers, and more. 
  • Public health programs and administration 
  • Corporate wellness 
  • Food and nutrition consulting and writing 
  • Future academic career in a university, administrative, government or public health setting 
  • Research in a clinical or laboratory environment 

*Upon graduation, students fulfill the academic requirements to pursue a dietetic internship, on the path to gaining the RD credential. 

In addition to successful completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) a student must accomplish the following:

  • Obtain a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college. 
  • Receive a verification statement of coursework completion from an ACEND-accredited program (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics), which is required for admission to ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs/dietetic internships. 
  • Apply for a supervised practice program/dietetic internship through an online platform called the Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Service (DICAS). More information about DICAS and preparing the online application on the DICAS Portal.
  • Register for the computer matching process through DnD Digital, which facilitates a computerized method that provides a systematic and unbiased way to match the preferences of applicants for supervised practice programs/dietetic internships with the preferences of directors of these programs.
    • Further explanation of the DICAS application and computer matching process can be found here. 
  • Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program, i.e., a dietetic internship and receive a verification statement of completion.
  • Successfully pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) credentialing examination for registered dietitian nutritionists.

To practice as an RDN, one must also obtain state-specific certification or licensure, as applicable. Additional information regarding state licensing agencies and requirements can be found here. Potential applicants should also be aware that effective in 2024, a master’s degree will be required to take the credentialing examination for registered dietitian nutritionists. For more information regarding careers in the field of dietetics, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics