Admission Requirements

woman at cafe tableApplying to the M.S. in Human Nutrition with Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) program requires special planning. Students are admitted only in the Fall term. The first consideration before submitting an application is whether all prerequisites have been met. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible so that transcripts can be reviewed and prerequisites determined.

For the MS/DPD, you must complete the following prerequisite courses before starting the program:

  • 1 year English composition and/or literature.
  • 1 semester general biology with lab to include cell and genetics.
  • 1 or 2 semesters general chemistry with lab.
  • 1 semester organic chemistry with lab.
  • 1 semester biochemistry with lab.
  • 1 semester human physiology with lab or 2 semesters anatomy and physiology with lab.
  • 1 semester basic food preparation.
  • 1 semester quantity foods.
  • 1 semester general psychology.
  • 1 semester statistics.
  • 1 semester nutrition.

What if I have taken some or all of these classes already?

If you have completed this coursework at another college or university that is regionally accredited, the director of the MS/DPD will evaluate your transcripts. For courses completed at another university to meet the requirements, the courses must meet the following:

  • Is substantially equivalent to courses offered in the Nutrition Program at Drexel (a course description and/or course syllabus is used to determine this).
  • Completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better in most cases.
  • Be less than five years old for science or nutrition courses or 10 years old for other courses (based on the time of the course evaluation), with several exceptions.
    • General chemistry courses may be 10 years old, but biology, human physiology, and biochemistry may only be five years old.
    • In some cases, a practicing healthcare or research professional will be allowed to have certain science courses older than five years.
    • The following courses have no time limits: English, general psychology, statistics, basic food preparation, and quantity foods.

You must submit official transcripts to receive credit.

Students who completed courses outside the United States are required to have a detailed course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by a company found at:

What if I have not taken these prerequisites yet?

Students may fulfill the prerequisite courses at another institution or local community college convenient to them. All prerequisites must be completed prior to beginning the MS/DPD in fall term. The only exceptions are the food preparation and quantity foods courses; they must be completed by spring of the second year of the program. They are available either at Drexel University or at Community College of Philadelphia.

“Where to get Prerequisites”. >> (PDF) 

You may also take these courses as a non-matriculated undergraduate at Drexel although your local community college will be less expensive.

What is required for admission into the program?

Acceptance for graduate study at Drexel University requires a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution. Although admission requirements vary by program, regular acceptance typically requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) for the last two years of undergraduate work. The average for any graduate work must be at least 3.0. The admission committee evaluates all credentials submitted by applicants to determine a student's ability and potential to succeed in graduate study. In addition, the committee is interested in the applicant's potential to contribute to his/her program of study and to the university community as a whole.

Required materials include:

  • Application.
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • GRE: Minimum scores are Verbal 153 and Quantitative 144.
  • Essay: Approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree from Drexel and your short- and long-term career plans and how your background, experience, interest, and/or values—when combined with a Drexel degree—will enable you to pursue these goals successfully.
  • Résumé.

For fall, we prefer applications be in by the end of April.  

For international students or applicants who earned a degree outside the United States: 

  • Minimum TOEFL: 600/250; iBT scores will be reviewed based on section scores and total scores.
  • I-20 application and supporting financial documents.
  • International transcript evaluation.

Application Deadlines

MS in Nutrition Science Track
  • U.S. Students:  Fall (Sept. 1)
  • International Students: Fall only (June 13)
MS in Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Track
  • U.S. Students:
    • Fall (Sept. 1)
    • Winter (Nov. 23)
  • International Students: Fall only (June 13)

For fall, we prefer applications be in by the end of April. For more information on Admissions, please visit: