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Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition & Exercise Physiology

Faculty working with Students: 3
Students: 30
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 50%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall deadline January 31
  • Spokane: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

The non-thesis Master of Science Coordinated Program in Dietetics, Nutrition, and Exercise Physiology (MS CPD), is a coordinated program (didactic coursework and clinical rotations are conducted simultaneously) in dietetics with an exercise emphasis. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).

Successful completion of this MS program prepares students to test for the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. Since the emphasis area of the graduate dietetics program is exercise, some students may be required to take undergraduate nutrition and/or exercise physiology courses that prepares them to be dual credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and a Certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). A minimum of 1,000 supervised practice hours in various healthcare and community settings is required as a part of the master’s program.

Admission Requirements:

In response to the continuing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology will waive the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement for admission to the MS CPD for Fall 2022.

Applicants to the MS CPD must first complete a set of prerequisite courses, typically fulfilled at the undergraduate level.

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • General Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Psychology
  • Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Public Speaking



  • BS in human nutrition/dietetics, or
  • BS in exercise science/physiology, or
  • WSU BS in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology



  • 3.0 overall GPA in undergraduate degree
  • 3.0 average in prerequisite courses
  • No individual prerequisite course with less than a C grade
  • Statement of Purpose
    • Suggested Guidance: Please provide a 1-2 page statement of purpose that introduces yourself and motivations for entering the fields of dietetics, nutrition, and exercise physiology. Summarize your undergraduate education and how your work, volunteer, and/or life experiences relate to your academic journey and long-term goals. Finally, describe how the WSU MS CPD will help you achieve your professional goals.
  • 3 to 4 letters of recommendation
  • Interview with admissions committee
  • TOEFL or IELTS for international students




Faculty Members:

Davis, April, MS, RDN, CD, ACSM-CEP

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Duncan, Glen E, Ph.D., RCEP

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

The relationships among cardiovascular fitness, body fat content, and metabolic disease, lifestyle interventions designed to modify diet and increase habitual physical activity, and non-biological determinants of physical activity and obesity.

Larsen, Julie

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Contact Information:

Jill Wagner, Academic Coordinator
WSU Spokane HERB 318
412 E Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane, WA 99210-1495