Revised Program [Fall 2021]
The Coordinated Program in Dietetics (also referred to as CP or Program) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800/877-1600 ext. 5400
A degree in dietetics culminating with the registered dietitian credential provides many options for employment. Job opportunities are available in the clinical area in hospitals, long-term care facilities, specialized healthcare settings, and insurance companies.
In addition, there are many opportunities in the community including positions in federal and state programs like the Women, Infant and Children’s Nutrition Program, Head Start, and Area on Aging. The foodservice industry is also a place for employment including hospitals, long-term care facilities, corporate operations, and school systems. Other areas where dietitians provide their expertise are in sports nutrition, universities, private practice, research, writing, and other government agencies such as the FDA and the USDA.
For current information related to a career in dietetics please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics site, by clicking here.
Other Important Information (click on the links below for details)
Overall Program and Eligibility Information (Formerly in Information Packet)
Mission, Goals, and Objectives
Frequently Asked Questions
Graduation and Completion Requirements, and International Student Information
Tuition and Fees Estimate
Estimated Incidental Costs
Consortium Agreement Guidelines
Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
Considerations for Applicants in the United States Military
Supervised Experience Requirements for On-Campus and Distance-Online Students
Basic Information on Supervised Practice Experiences (SPEs)
Physical and Mental Requirements
Immunizations & Other Requirements
Supervised Experience Requirements for Distance-Online Students
Directions for Securing Distance-Online Preceptors
Online Preceptor Commitment Form
Preceptor Summary Form
Practice Experience Site Map for MI & OH Distance-Online Students
Online Education for Out-of-State Students
How to use file search (Video)
This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.
Eastern Michigan University (EMU) offers the Master of Science in Dietetics program (MS CP) in online and on-campus formats. The online format is only available for those applicants living in the United States and its territories. International students must check with International Admissions whether their visa status allows distance learning or if on-campus learning is required.
The MS CP track is designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university or appropriate international institution.
Applicants who are not already admitted to EMU will need to begin the process by completing an undergraduate application. Students cannot be admitted to the Graduate School with Dietetics as their major unless they are admitted to the MS CP through the Dietetics-specific application process (outlined below). The applicant must also meet with a Program advisor to identify how previous coursework will transfer to EMU and determine the remaining Program prerequisite coursework that may be needed. Applications from individuals who do not follow this step will not be reviewed.
The Program application process includes five components. Click on the links below for details.
Component 4 - Q and A, Processing Fee, References Form, Prerequisite Form, and Transcripts
Multiple Step Application Process
- Applicants initiate the process by completing the Reference Form and providing a non-refundable $35 processing fee between November 1, 2021, and January 4, 2022.
- Applicants complete the Prerequisite Form once, with all courses and final grades reported, no later than January 4, 2022.
- Applicants provide all official transcripts to the Office of Records and Registration emich.edu/registrar no later than January 8, 2022.
- Once eligibility is determined, the applicant can expect to receive a link to the Kira Talent check-in page, via email, between January 4 and January 8, 2022.
- Applicants have approximately one week to complete an electronic upload of The Program Application, which includes three parts (as detailed above), including Document A, Document B, and the recorded and timed video and written interview questions. The Kira Talent platform-required application is due by January 17, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST. Applications submitted after this date/time may be considered if spots in the CP are not filled.
The screening procedure that is used for applicant review and cohort selection includes:
- GPA - cumulative and pre-application prerequisite courses
- Two references
- Personal statement
- Answers to application questions
- Completion of volunteer work (24 hours)
- Overall application
- Online assessment (verbal and written) through Kira Talent platform
- Application review committee input
Based on accreditation and the availability of supervised practice experience sites, the program limits the number of students admitted to each cohort.
Graduate School Application
Applicants should not apply to the Graduate School before acceptance to the MS CP program. If accepted to the MS CP, the student will complete a Graduate School Application no later than July 15 of the year starting the program. Students are responsible for any deadlines related to financial aid.
When applying to the EMU Graduate School, students will do the following:
- Submit a Graduate School Application (emich.edu/graduate/apply)
- Pay the $45 application fee.
- Submit Transcripts to Eastern Michigan University via e-mail or mail
Option 1 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Option 2 - Office of Admissions, Eastern Michigan University, P.O Box 970
Once students have been accepted into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CP), it is assumed that they will maintain their academic status.
In preparing for a professional career in dietetics, students are expected to assume responsibility for their learning, to support the ethics and standards of practice of their profession and to value honesty in the fulfillment of scholarly and professional endeavors. The department reserves the right to retain only those students who, in the judgment of the faculty, satisfy the requirements of scholarship and practice competence and personal integrity suitable to dietetics. Specific continuance policy details are available in the Student Handbook found on the Dietetic and Human Nutrition website.
Registration in Dietetics
Upon successful completion of the coordinated program in dietetics curriculum and degree, students will be eligible to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians through the Commission on Dietetics Registration of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Passage of the exam will provide the recognized credential of Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) action to change the degree requirement for dietitian registration eligibility from a baccalaureate degree to a graduate degree will be effective January 1, 2024. For further information, please see the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Those who apply to the CP in January of 2021 will be the last class of students who can complete the program requirements and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics before the graduate degree requirement goes into effect.
*The graduate degree may be in any area, with the provision that it is granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent. Please see CDR site for further details.
Foundational Courses: 36 hours
Degree Requirements: 31-34 hours
Semester Credit Hour Limit Waiver - Students in this program are granted a waiver of the University requirement that “Graduate Students may not enroll in more than 15 hours for any semester.”
Required Courses: 28 hours
Culminating Experience: 3-6 hours
Select from option I, option II, or option III:
Option I - Thesis: 6 hours
The thesis option involves a research study that is planned, executed, and written in thesis format. This option includes three classes (six credit hours). Each student must have a committee of at least two people; the thesis chair must have a Ph.D. and be an EMU faculty. More specifically, the thesis consists of a research study that requires 5 chapters detailing the study. Statistical analysis is the responsibility of the student. Chapters 1-3 are a proposal of the study, written in Thesis I. Chapter 1 is the introduction, chapter 2 is the review of literature, and chapter 3 is the methodology (how you will do the study). Thesis II involves data collection and statistical analysis of the data. Chapters 4 (Results) and 5 (Conclusions) are written. Thesis III involves the dissemination of the research through a poster presentation or an article in a peer-reviewed journal.
- DTC 691 - Thesis I 2 hrs
- DTC 692 - Thesis II 3 hrs
- DTC 693 - Thesis III 1 hr
Option II - Non-Thesis Research: 6 hours
The research option is a three-class series (six credit hours) working with one professor on a project that the student and professor agree on. More specifically, you may follow the same format as the thesis without complicated statistics. You may also choose something completely different. For example, one student has designed a module to train future students on autism. In addition, students are guided toward submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals.
- DTC 694 - Research I 2 hrs
- DTC 695 - Research II 3 hrs
- DTC 696 - Research III 1 hr
Option III - Research Writing: 3 hours
The research writing option is one class (three credit hours) focused on biomedical research writing. Students complete a series of assignments in research writing; complete a newsletter article, and a short manuscript that is distributed electronically to faculty and staff in the School of Health Sciences at the end of the semester.
- DTC 601 - Research Writing 3 hrs