Masters of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND)

with emphasis on Public Policy, Communication and Clinical ResearchNutrition and Dietetics

The mission of the Nutrition and Dietetics Program at the University of the District of Columbia is to educate students majoring in nutrition and related disciplines and other fields to become leaders in the field of nutrition and public policy. The Graduate Program in Nutrition/Dietetics is committed to providing students with a broad based culturally sensitive education to prepare them to promote public policies related to nutrition that will affect the well being of individual and groups locally, nationally and internationally.

The Nutrition and Dietetics Program in the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, University of the District of Columbia established a new Graduate Program in Nutrition/Dietetics. The mission of the Nutrition Program is to promote and develop leaders in Nutrition. The program provides leadership and a central focus for nutrition research and education in the District of Columbia. It enhances the quality and breadth of nutrition by integrating resources and expertise across departments and colleges.

The Program in Nutrition/Dietetics is intended for individuals interested in careers as public policy advocacy, community education; policy analysis, public policy evaluators and lobbyist, researchers; and managers of health service delivery organizations and system, managed-care programs and other population-based organizations. In congruence with the motto of the University of the District and Columbia “A NEW DAY AND A NEW OPPORTUNITY” the Department of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, which currently houses accredited DPD Program has designed an innovative educational Graduate Program. The program also provides opportunities for students of diverse educational backgrounds locally, nationally and internationally to enter the exciting field of Nutrition. The Masters Program in Nutrition and Dietetics is a personal and dynamic graduate program that emphasizes nutrition education and counseling, communication and community involvement, while providing a solid grounding in nutrition science and clinical nutrition.

The MSND program’s specific goals are:

  • To recruit and offer opportunity for ethnically diverse students to complete their dietetic education that culminates in a graduate degree in Dietetics/Nutrition.
  • Graduate students with advocacy skills needed to shape public policy related to nutrition issues and health disparities in minorities.
  • To retain and empower ethnically diverse students who will complete the graduate program in nutrition.
  • To attract national and international students of diverse backgrounds to the new Graduate Programs in dietetics at the University of the District of Columbia.

The Masters of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics (MSND) at the University of the District of Columbia is an innovative and dynamic program that broadens the scope of learning and teaching in the discipline of nutrition. The program provides a strong foundation in science and research, technology and information systems, and the scientific knowledge of nutrition with emphasis on public policy and communication. The program focuses on training health professionals to serve the health and nutritional needs of urban and international populations and to be leaders in effecting needed regulations and laws to reduce health disparities.

The anticipated time required for a student to complete the Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics is 2 years.  The Graduate Program requires 32 credit hours.

General Admission requirements to UDC can be accessed on
Any student interested in the Graduate Program in Dietetics is encouraged to apply.
Application information is available on the web page

For Program Curriculum or any other information, please contact:
Dr. Prema Ganganna, Ph.D., RD, LD, on 202.274.5516 or at

Applications are considered on the basis of qualification of each applicant without regard to race, color, creed sex or national origin.

Students seeking admission to the Graduate Program must fulfill the general Admission policies of the University. Any student, local, national or international, interested in the Graduate Program is eligible to apply and will have to submit the following:

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE Scores- The GRE score should be above 4.0. If the GRE score is not above 4 the students are mandated to successfully complete the English Proficiency Writing course (ENGL-515) offered by the Department of English
  • Satisfactorily completed a baccalaureate degree in nutrition/related field or from an accredited university
  • Undergraduate minimum cumulative GPA of ≥ 3.0
  • An official copy of the transcript of the applicant’s academic undergraduate record. If the student attended more than one college/university attach copies of transcripts from ALL colleges or universities attended
  • An essay as to how the student will contribute to improving the health status of the minority population by getting involved with the legislative  process
  • International students should provide evaluation by World Education Services

NOTE: The last day for submitting the applications for fall is April 15th for the fall admission. Applications after this date may be considered however, those received by April 15th will take priority.

The Graduate Program will not admit students that are unprepared for the graduate program. Students completing the accredited DPD Program will be eligible to apply for the Graduate Program. Students holding degrees in majors other than nutrition are expected to complete the DPD knowledge requirements prior to applying to the Graduate Program. All applications to the Graduate Program will undergo a two-phase review process.

Phase 1: Evaluation by the Graduate Selection Committee
Phase 2: Personal Interview

The two-year curriculum described below outlines the conceptual information that will deem necessary for a successful career in Nutrition and Dietetics. Students selected for the program work with leading experts in all areas of public health as they apply their education to real life scenarios. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for students of Nutrition and Dietetics to gain exposure to state-of-the-art health information while furthering their knowledge and skills. The curriculum will be thoroughly reviewed annually to update the program. The curriculum outlined below is designed to be a multi-disciplinary course work taught mostly by the graduate faculty of the University of the District of Columbia.
The New Graduate Program will require 32 credit hours. The entire first year offers course work and the second year will comprise of course work, research and thesis submission.


MS in Nutrition and Dietetics Curriculum and Sequencems_nutrition

Course Descriptions for MS in Nutrition and Dietetics

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