Signing A Major

Dietetics is a professional program and acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship is competitive. No college or university can guarantee that a student completing its dietetics program will be accepted into a dietetic internship. Therefore, fifty signed dietetic majors per academic year will be admitted through monitored enrollment. Admission requirements, retention and termination standards can be accessed either in the current dietetics handbook or undergraduate bulletin.

Students must have a minimum of 3.0 overall GPA in order to sign the dietetics major and enter the Pre-professional Phase.

Transfer students are encouraged to contact the dietetics program director a full semester before planning to attend CMU. The director must have official transcripts from all college/ universities attended before graduation.

Non-degree seeking student (those who already have a bachelor's degree in another major) can complete the dietetics courses. Upon successful completion, a Verification Statement will be issued by the program director. Non-degree seeking students with a Verification Statement may apply for admission to an accredited dietetic internship. To learn more about the Verification Statement, download the current dietetics handbook.

If you intend to major in dietetics, the earlier you contact an advisor and plan your program, the easier it will be for you to complete the major. This is especially true for students planning to transfer to CMU from other colleges and universities. Students will sign under the most current bulletin year, even if a different bulletin is being followed for degree requirements, and are assigned a faculty advisors for signing the dietetics major based on the student's last name.

Arranging a scheduled meeting to sign the major is advised. Faculty advisor and alphabetic distribution are:

Leslie Hildebrandt, PhD, RD
Francis Tayie, PhD, MPhil
Robert Lee, DrPH, RD
Najat Yahia, PhD, RD, LD, CWM
Anna Most, RD, MS


1. A hard copy of the dietetics handbook.
2. A personalized copy of your CMU academic history printed from the portal. If you are a transfer student, transcripts or academic history from other school(s) attended.
3. A copy of the six-semester planner, posted under Handbooks & Forms. Complete the top portion, which includes name, date signing the major, and CMU ID #. Do not fill in the sequence of courses. This will be developed with your advisor.
4. Prior to graduation, transfer students will need to request an official copy of their transcript for all schools attended other than CMU and submit this transcript to the program director. This is not needed for signing the intent to major.


-Download the current dietetics handbook for information regarding careers in dietetics, required courses, and the dietetic internship application.

-All signed majors are encouraged to be a student member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and CMU's Student Dietetic Association. 

-After signing a dietetics major, students will gain access to all required documentation on the CMU Dietetics Program Blackboard shell.

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