Coordinated Masters Program in Dietetics (CMPD)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I apply to the Coordinated Master’s Program in Dietetics (CMPD)?

A. Only current FSHN graduate students are eligible to apply for this internal program. CMPD applications are accepted in December after students have completed at least one semester in our MS program. Most successful applicants apply in their second year, after they have completed much of their coursework and have gained additional nutrition experiences. Selection is competitive and we typically receive about 11 - 13 applications for the 7 available positions. The application deadline is announced by early November. Electronic application materials are made available to all graduate students in the department.

Q. What are the basic prerequisite courses for the CMPD program?

A. To be eligible for admission to the CMPD, students must first meet prerequisites for admission into the MS program in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. The prerequisite classes for the Master degree are listed on this website and include one semester each: general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology and physiology, all with labs. Biochemistry and FSHN 350 Human Nutrition are required, but FSHN 350 may be taken in the first semester after admission to the graduate program. Additional coursework for the CMPD may be required (see “What additional prerequisites are necessary for students interested in the CMPD?”)

Q. What additional prerequisites are necessary for students interested in applying for the CMPD?

A. In addition to the requirements for the MS program, the CMPD program requires psychology and microbiology with lab although these classes can be fit in with the graduate course load if not already completed. Other required courses for the CMPD include a fundamentals of management course and 5 food management courses including a practicum. Several of these are offered as challenge courses and are further described in the CMPD Program Completion Requirements section of this website.

Q. What if I do not get accepted into the CMPD program, can I still become a registered dietitian?

A. Students who are interested in becoming a registered dietitian and who are not accepted into our CMPD program or choose to apply to other dietetic internships, can use master’s level coursework supplemented with coursework and equivalents from the undergraduate program to meet the didactic program (DP) requirements. This will make them eligible during their final semester to apply for many dietetic internships.

Q. Who do I contact with specific questions about the CMPD?

A. First, examine all the information available on this website For specific questions which are not covered on the website, contact the program director: Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, PhD, RDN

Q. What are the qualifications for the CMPD?

A. The successful candidate will have:

  • experience in a variety of areas related to dietetic practice: clinical, community nutrition and food service management;
  • evidence of characteristics which indicate success in the CMPD including: leadership, self-reliance, initiative, good communication skills (oral and verbal) and academic excellence in nutrition related sciences; and
  • teaching experience or second language or multi-cultural experiences strongly desirable.

Q. How long does it take to complete the CMPD program?

A. The CMPD is a Plan B Master’s program with a specialization in Community Nutrition, and usually takes 2 3/4 years to complete for those without a prior degree in dietetics. Refer to the CMPD Program of Study on this website

Q. Is it possible to combine the CMPD with the MS in Nutritional Sciences or Nutrition and Exercise?

A. The CMPD is designed to coordinate with the specialization in Community Nutrition. However, it is possible to combine the CMPD with other specializations; additional coursework and, possibly, a Plan A thesis may be required so that the combined program may take additional time to complete.

Q. What is the first year pass rate on the RD exam of graduates from your program?

A. The first year pass rate for the CMPD is excellent (greater than 90%). Specific information is available upon request.