Integrated B.S./M.S. Plan B Nutrition Degree

Students will complete their 4th year as an undergraduate student and their 1st year as a graduate student at the same time, allowing students to complete an MS degree in a shorter time with less expense. This program is available to current undergraduate students majoring in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus in the Didactic Program in Dietetics or Nutrition Studies track. For those students planning to become a registered dietitian, this program may be of interest because all those taking the Registration Examination for Dietitians in 2024 will be required to have an MS degree.

Below is more information about the integrated degree opportunity, along with links to a sample class schedule and recommendation letter form.

- Eligibility for program: your undergraduate nutrition adviser
- Nutrition Graduate Program: Xiaoli Chen, Director of Graduate Studies in Nutrition
- Application Procedures: Andrew Howe
-Requirements to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN): Corrie Marion and


Currently enrolled students in the Nutrition Studies or Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) tracks of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus undergraduate nutrition program

Application process:

Apply to the Nutrition Graduate Program by June 15 in the year before your final year, based on acceptable completion of required courses (see Sample Class Schedule above).  Undergraduate adviser can assist you with class sequencing.

Admission criteria*

  • The Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) is required. There are no minimum required scores, though percentiles in each category should preferably be > 40%.
    For more information about taking the GRE see
  • Minimum preferred undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. (The average GPA of admitted students is 3.5)
  • 3 letters of recommendation: one from your academic adviser which indicates your eligibility for the program (available here - .docx) and two from nutrition course instructors.
  • Personal statement (indicating research interests) and diversity statement

For complete application instructions see:

*Meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission to the program.

Application Review:

The application deadline is May 1st. The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews each application.  If you meet the basic admission criteria you will be notified you are “admissible” to the program before August 10. In order to be formally admitted, you must find a faculty adviser. If you are admissible, your name is added to a list of applicants looking for an adviser which is circulated to graduate faculty. Faculty interested in advising you may contact you directly to discuss their interest. Additionally, you should identify one or two specific faculty members with whom you would like to work and contact them directly to discuss your background and why you are interested in working with them. A list of potential graduate faculty advisers can be found here:

Fourth year:

  • Advised by an undergraduate program advisor
  • Complete undergraduate credits for a total of 120 undergraduate credits
  • Awarded a BS degree at the end of the fourth year or admission to the graduate program will be revoked.

Fourth and fifth year:

  • Advised by a graduate program faculty advisor
  • Complete 30 graduate credits and a Plan B research project
  • Serve as a paid or volunteer teaching assistant for two courses (60 hours each).
  • At the end of the fifth year, complete a final oral examination and present a graduate seminar

Admitted BS/MS students who are also completing the DPD track will not automatically be admitted to the University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship. Internship acceptance and placement for BS/MS graduate
students who are in the DPD track will be highly competitive, rather than automatic. If a BS/MS student receives DPD verification, they are eligible to apply to the pre-select option for the University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship. If selected, the Dietetic Internship would begin Fall following the 5th year. The selection process to obtain placement in the UofM-TEP DI is highly competitive. Please contact if you are interested in applying for the internship.