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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:
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB for international applicants only

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:

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 (C- is not accepted)



  1. WSU Graduate School Application
    • Choose the General Application
  2. Statement of Purpose
    • Suggested Guidance: Please provide a 250-500 word 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 Coordinated Program in Dietetics will help you achieve your professional goals.
  3. Resume
    • The WSU Coordinated Program in Dietetics reviews applicant resumes based on the following metrics: amount of time and extent of general work and/or volunteer activities, amount of time and extent of work and/or volunteer activities in dietetics or nutrition-related settings (prefer >6 months of experiences), leadership positions held, and demonstration of scholarship activity and/or awards.
  4. 3 letters of recommendation
    • Two must be from academic references (professors or lab instructors), and one from a professional reference (work or volunteer supervisor)
  5. TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB language proficiency exam
    • Required for international applicants only

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is no longer required for admission to the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.



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