Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university may complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics coursework combined with a non-thesis Master's degree.
Students interested in earning a Master's non thesis degree and completing Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) coursework for the purpose of obtaining a verification statement must hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent. All other entry requirements for admission to our non-thesis Master's program must be met, including required GRE scores.
The DPD verification statement is required to enter many supervised practice programs, such as a dietetic internships. Obtaining supervised practice is a required step in order to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). This degree does not independently qualify a student to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Students should be aware of the laws governing the practice of dietetics in their respective states. For more information about pathways to becoming an RDN, visit: https://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/careers-in-dietetics.