Admission Requirements

Prospective students must have:

  •  A baccalaureate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for admission into the DPD Certificate Program.  Students who have a GPA lower than 3.0 cannot use additional courses taken after completion of a baccalaureate degree to increase their GPA to meet the admissions requirements.
  • Students must also hold a master’s degree from an accredited university or be enrolled in the MS in Nutrition at the University of Cincinnati. Students in the MS in Nutrition must work with their graduate advisor to determine entry into the DPD Certificate.

Prospective students must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • Completed DPD Certificate Application (visit the How to Apply webpage to download).  
  • Official copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges/universities attended. Transcripts from foreign institutions must include a credential evaluation from an organization approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Information about approved credentialing organizations can be obtained by going to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Additional materials, including course catalogs or syllabi, may be requested during the application review process to assist in determining which courses can be transferred into the DPD Certificate from undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Program Completion Requirements

To remain in the program, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA with no less than C- in any Nutritional Science course,
  • Adhere to policies and procedures, and
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner, adhering to the Student Code of Conduct

To complete the program, students must:

  • Complete all didactic course requirements,
  • Complete all general education and elective requirements pertaining to the major or certificate program in which the student is enrolled,
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in the Dietetics major or DPD Certificate Program, and
  • Have no outstanding financial or other program obligations.

Students can complete the ​certificate at their own pace. The ​certificate is not limited by a maximum amount of time to ​completion.  

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