Recommended Application Deadlines*

August 15, if applying for Spring
January 15, if applying for Summer
February 15, if applying for Fall

*​Applications will be accepted beyond the above dates, but applying by the recommended deadline increases the likelihood that your application will be processed in advance of the opening of course registration.
Where to send application materials?
Central Michigan University
Global Campus Admissions
802 Industrial Drive
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858​​

Graduate Admission Application 

The graduate admissions application may be completed online. The following conditions listed below must be met. In addition, the supplemental materials indicated below must also be submitted.​

  1. An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in the last 60 semester hours of course work.
  2. Successful completion of the requirements for dietetic registration by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics or fulfillment of the minimum academic requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics approved by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetic's Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education or successful completion of at least: two courses in nutrition, one being at the advanced level; and one course in each of the following: biochemistry, anatomy/physiology, microbiology, and organic chemistry.  These courses must be completed in advance of submitting application to this program.  
  3. An essay (two-three pages, double spaced) including a discussion of the applicant's goals and how completion of the program will facilitate his or her achievement of those goals. A portion of this essay should focus upon the unique qualifications the student will bring to the degree program. 
  4. ​Three (3) letters of recommendation from former professors or professionals in the field of nutrition and dietetics or other health related professions (standardized recommendation forms are NOT required).
  5. ​Evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course is strongly recommended.
  6. ​The GRE is not required.​
  7. Up to a maximum of 15 credit hours (from coursework/internship completed prior to admission to the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics/M.S.N.D. program) may be applied to the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program through Credit by Examination or transfer of course credits from another accredited institution pending approval of coursework.

    Transfer credit may be considered for coursework completed prior to admission, with exclusion of NDS 678:  Research Methods.  Due to the content of the M.S.N.D. Research Methods course, courses offered at other institutions do not sufficiently prepare the student for the NDS 798/799 capstone experience.

    Any courses considered for transfer, other than NDS 678, must be in compliance with CMU’s Graduate Transfer Credit Policy found in the Graduate Bulletin available at  Once admitted, all coursework must be completed through CMU’s On-line M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program.  Questions regarding processing of credits earned prior to admission to the M.S.N.D. program may be directed to the program assistant coordinator.  

NOTE: Completion of this M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics program alone does not result in the attainment of the registered dietitian (R.D.) designation, nor eligibility to take the registration exam. 

Additional information on the pathway to becoming a registered dietitian may be obtained at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website (click on becoming a R.D.).