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Prerequisites: Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)

Nutrition and Dietetics

In order to become a Registered Dietitian, you must complete an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD).

Please note: you do not need to complete a DPD before applying to the 40-credit Clinical Nutrition master's.

Our Mission

The NYU DPD strives to educate students on the role of food, nutrition, and health in society. Integrating knowledge and research into coursework, the program provides students with an understanding of basic sciences, and theoretical and applied aspects of nutrition and dietetics to facilitate the preparation of students for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian. 

DPD Goals

  1. Students who complete the DPD will have basic and applied knowledge of food, nutrition, and dietetics.

  2. Students who complete the program will be prepared for supervised practice leading to eligibility for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. 

Please see the DPD Handbook for corresponding objectives for each goal.

The DPD and Outcomes

The DPD for those in the Clinical Nutrition master’s consists of eighteen courses — sixteen at the undergraduate level and two at the graduate level (total of 57 credits: 51 undergraduate and 6 graduate) — that meet the 2012 Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Accreditation Standards. If taken on a full-time basis (12 credits/semester plus summer sessions), you can complete the DPD in approximately two years. 

Upon completion of all of the DPD courses, you will receive a DPD Verification Statement, which confers eligibility to enroll in graduate-level courses and to apply to an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship. Most students complete their master’s in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics after completing a dietetic internship.

When to Take DPD Courses

You are not required to take the DPD courses prior to applying to the 40-credit MS. Rather, you can take them while matriculated in the degree. Please note, however, that undergraduate-level DPD courses will not count toward the master's degree. 

If you think you have already met the requirements of one or more of the NYU Steinhardt DPD courses, you should discuss this with a graduate nutrition/DPD adviser at the time of admission. The adviser will review your transcript and may also request additional materials (e.g., course descriptions, syllabi, examples of course work) in order to determine if the course(s) meet our requirements.

To receive a DPD Verification or Declaration of Intent from NYU, you must take at least 29 credits at NYU and get pre-approval from a program adviser for all DPD courses taken outside NYU. Courses taken at two-year colleges that do not have an ACEND-accredited DTR program do not meet our DPD requirements.

DPD and Dietetic Internships

Completing a dietetic internship is part of the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian. You may apply to dietetic internships in your final semester of taking DPD courses, but all DPD courses must be completed prior to starting the internship.

DPD Course Requirements

All courses taken to meet DPD requirements must be approved by a graduate nutrition/DPD adviser and completed prior to receiving a DPD Verification Statement. 

DPD courses may not be taken for graduate credit with the exception of Research Methods, NUTR-GE.2190, and Nutrition Education, NUTR-GE.2199. DPD courses taken for graduate credit outside of NYU, whether prior to or after matriculation, will not be counted toward the graduate degree at NYU.  

The following courses constitute NYU Steinhardt's DPD. For help with planning the sequences in which these courses must be taken, consult the DPD Sequence Map and obtain the approval of a graduate/DPD adviser.

If you are applying in Dietetic Internship Centralized Application Services (DICAS) you will need to upload the DPD Course List Form. 


Basic Science

Course # Course Title Credits


Introducation to Modern Chemistry- with laboratory

5 credits


Principles of Organic Chemistry - with laboratory

5 credits

NUTR-UE 1023

Food Microbiology & Sanitation

3 credits

NUTR-UE 1064

Nutritional Biochemistry

3 credits

NUTR-UE 1068

Introduction to Human Physiology

4 credits

Nutrition Science

Course # Course Title Credits


Nutrition & Health

3 credits

NUTR-UE 1260

Diet Assessment & Planning

3 credits

NUTR-UE 1269

Nutrition & the Life Cycle

3 credits

NUTR-UE 1185

Clinical Nutrition Assessment & Intervention

3 credits

NUTR-UE 1209

Community Nutrition

3 credits

Food Science

Course # Course Title Credits


Introduction to Foods & Food Science

3 credits


Food Management Theory

3 credits

NUTR-UE 1052

Food Production & Management

3 credits

NUTR-UE 1184

Food Science & Technology

3 credits


Course # Course Title Credits

NUTR-GE 2199

Nutrition Education (counts toward 40 credit MS degree) 

3 credits

NUTR-GE 2000

New Graduate Student Seminar (Must be taken during first term)

0 credits

NUTR-GE 2190.01

Research Methods (counts toward 40credit MS degree)

3 credits


Introduction to Psychology or an equivalent Social/Behavioral Science course

4 credits


Course Sequencing

Visual representation of the sequence of coursesView the text-only version of this Sequence Map.

DPD Handbook

Download the DPD handbook for more information.

Download the DPD Handbook

How to Become a Registered Dietitian

Explore the full set of requirements for becoming an RD after completing your DPD.

Learn More About Becoming an RD

Clinical Nutrition Glossary

Please check our glossary for definitions of some of the terms used on this page.

View the Glossary
Nutrition Doctoral Student Biographies

Accreditation Information

The NYU Didactic Program in Dietetics is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (200 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 1-800-877-1600) until 2021.