Dietetics Admission Requirements
Students must satisfy the admission policies for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and have completed the following requirements:
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00*
- A minimum mean GPA of 3.00 in the following required courses**:
|Chem 103 and 104, or 109||5-9|
|Zoo 101 and 102, or 151||5|
|Nutritional Science 332||3|
|Psych 202 OR Micro 101 OR Statistics OR Gen Bus 300||3|
*Cumulative GPA will be based on UW-Madison courses only. Students must have completed one semester at UW-Madison before applying.
**Pre-requisite GPA will be based on UW-Madison courses only.
NOTE: Admission to the DPD is competitive, as enrollment is limited by accreditation standards; therefore, students meeting the minimum criteria are not guaranteed admission.
Students may utilize the GPA calculator to determine their progress in these requirements.
Students interested in declaring Pre-Dietetics (PDI) should set up an appointment with Erika Anna, Student Services Coordinator.
- Phone: (608) 262-1692
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office: Nutritional Sciences, Rm 238A
Applying for Dietetics
Upon completion of all admission requirements, students must submit the following:
- Completed DPD Application: DPD Application.
- Unofficial copy of UW-Madison transcript
- Evaluation of transfer credits and official copies of transcripts from all transfer institutions (if applicable)
Provide the above in one packet to your advisor by June 5th for fall admission and January 5th for Spring admission.
Further Information for
A prospective transfer student who is not currently enrolled at UW-Madison may be admitted as a Pre-Dietetics (PDI) student. Students who wish to enter UW-Madison with the PDI classification must apply to the University by February 1 for summer and fall sessions and October 1 for spring admission. This classification does not guarantee acceptance to the Dietetics Program. For information on admission as a transfer student to UW-Madison see the following resources:
- UW-Madison Admission Transfer Expectations
- Includes Minimum Requirements for Application.
Depending on the school(s) you have attended, equivalencies for your courses may be listed in one of our online transfer equivalency databases. Students transferring from another UW System school or a Wisconsin Technical College can find freshman- and sophomore-level course equivalencies on the Transfer Information System (TIS). Students attending an out-of-state school should check our Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) for courses frequently transferred. TED will continue to be updated with more courses and colleges as current offerings are evaluated. You may also talk to your advisor at your CURRENT school about how courses may transfer.
Before requesting to meet with an advisor, all students should view the Introduction to Dietetics Introduction to Dietetics Handbook. Before speaking to an advisor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, you need to obtain an “Evaluation of Transfer Credits” from UW-Madison Admissions Office. The Department of Nutritional Sciences and their advisors do not have the authority to evaluate your transcript and determine course equivalency. This can only be completed by the admissions office upon receipt of your application to UW-Madison. Once you are admitted to UW-Madison as a PDI student, you will be assigned an academic advisor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences who can help you plan your schedule of classes and determine when you are eligible to apply for admission to the B.S. Degree in Dietetics program (ADI classification). Note: Admission to the DPD is competitive, as enrollment is limited by accreditation standards; therefore, students meeting the minimum criteria are not guaranteed admission.
Second Degree Students
- Bachelor’s degree with “specified coursework” required by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Completion of an accredited Dietetic Internship
- Successful passing score on the Registration Examination for Dietitians
Further information on this career choice may be found at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website (Eatright.org).
Students who have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree would need to complete the specified coursework. (i.e. UW-Madison’s Didactic Program in Dietetics – DPD). Once you have completed this specified coursework (i.e. DPD), you may apply for Dietetic Internships. (Of note is the fact that national placement rates for students into these programs is currently around 50%. See Internships on the AND’s website for more information.
Although it is not necessary to actually complete a 2nd degree, students must apply as a 2nd degree candidate (rather than as a “special student”) to receive registration priority and be eligible for future admission into the Didactic Program in Dietetics (ADI classification).
All students begin the program as “Pre-Dietetics” students (PDI classification). Admission to “Pre-Dietetics” does not guarantee admission to the B.S. Dietetics degree program, which has additional admission requirements. See our Admission Requirements (above) for more details.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to be admitted as a 2nd Degree Candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences with the PDI Classification, you must have:
- A minimum cumulative college GPA of > 3.000, and
- Completed the equivalent of UW-Madison’s Chemistry 103 with a grade of B or better. (Chemistry 103 can be completed as a “special student” at UW-Madison.)
See the UW-Madison Admissions Page for information about how to apply and an application.
Length of Time to Complete Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
The amount of time it takes students with a degree to complete the DPD varies widely. It can only be determined after you have submitted an application for admission to UW-Madison and receive your “Evaluation of Transfer Credits”.
Past experience has shown, however, that it takes a minimum of 3 years to complete the DPD if you do not have a strong science background; it could take longer. If you have a strong science background (2 semesters of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, zoology, bacteriology, physiology, etc.), you may be able to complete it in 2-3 years. This is just an estimate and is completely dependent upon how your courses transfer.
Your academic advisor can help you determine this once you are admitted to UW-Madison and have an Evaluation of Transfer Credits from UW-Madison Office of Admissions. Your advisor can also determine when you will be ready to apply for admission to the DPD (ADI Classification).