Application Criteria

Application Criteria

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for competitive admission to the Masters of Dietetics and Nutrition program.

  • BACHELOR’S DEGREE — Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or comparable degree from a recognized foreign institution prior to the start of the program.
  • GPA — A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA is required across all coursework taken at all accredited institutions.
  • GRE — Competitive scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are above 33rd percentile in each section.
  • PREREQUISITES — Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of a C or higher prior to beginning the professional program (Ohio State course equivalents provided).
    •  College Algebra or higher (Math 1148)
    • Introduction to Statistics (STATS 1350 or 1450)
    •  Introduction to Psychology (PSYCH 1100)
    • Introduction to Nutrition (Human Nutrition 2310)
    • Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism (HUMN NUTR 4609 or MED DIET 3100)
    • Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry (Bio Pharm 3311 and 3312)
    • Human Physiology (EEOB 2520)
    • Human Anatomy (ANATOMY 2300.04)
    • General Chemistry 1&2 (CHEM 1210-1220)
    • Medical Terminology (HTHRHSC 2500)
    • Biology (BIOLOGY 1110 or 1113)
    • Microbiology (MICRO 4000.01)
    • Fundamentals of Food (HUMN NUTR 2314)*
    • Food Service Systems (CSHHSPMG 3720)*
    • Lifecycle Nutrition (HUMN NUTR 3506)**

*If not met before beginning program, may complete during curriculum.
**Optional, recommended.

Prerequisites do not need to be completed at the time of application, but progress will be assessed for timely initiation of the program. To request an assessment of existing or planned courses for equivalency by the Graduate Program Manager, please send the questions and the course syllabi to dietetics@osumc.edu

View the full MDN Curriculum Guide

Application Process

Application Process

The application to the MDN Program for students is now open.

Submit Your Application

The priority application deadline for Autumn admission is the preceding December 1 for early admission and consideration for university fellowships. Applicants who would like to be considered for university fellowships must make an appointment with an advisor to discuss criteria and eligibility by November 1 before the application deadline. You may make an appointment by emailing Graduate Students Services or calling 614-292-1706

The application deadline is January 31 to begin the professional program in August. 

Applications will be reviewed in January and competitive applicants will be scheduled for a holistic interview in early February. Prior experiences, knowledge of the profession and personal career goals will be evaluated at this time. Admissions decisions will be made by March.

The initial class of the MDN program will begin August 25, 2020. 

 

 

Application Materials

Application Materials

Applicants must submit the following materials with the online application by the application deadline to be considered for admission to the program:

  • Curriculum Vita/Resume - Submission of a current CV/Resume
  • A statement of Intent - A statement should include a summary of the applicant's relevant educational, professional and research experiences, as well as, the applicant's career and professional goals. The statement will be reviewed for writing quality and fit of the applicant's stated goals with the program's purpose and scope. 
  • Transcripts - Transcripts must be submitted from corresponding institutions for all post-secondary coursework completed.
  • Letters of Recommendation - Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation along with a Graduate School Reference Form. Choose people who have knowledge of your strengths and goals. This may include professors, clinical instructors or employers. Areas of discussion can include but are not limited to, personal and professional development and follow through, work ethic, interpersonal skills, maturity and attitude toward learning and critical thinking.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses or their equivalents with a C or higher. Not all prerequisites need to be completed at the time of application, but the plan will be evaluated for completion of requirements prior to beginning professional coursework.
  • Submission of competitive GRE scores 
     

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that prospective students complete an online Major Information Session and then schedule an appointment with an academic counselor in the Office of Student Services. Early evaluation of transcripts for prerequisites and prior learning credit is highly suggested.

Office of Student Services

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
206 Atwell Hall 
453 West 10th Avenue 
Columbus, OH 43210 
(614) 292-1706