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

We are offering a new integrated B.S. - M.S. Plan B degree in Nutrition for students admitted for Fall 2017.

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. 

For more information, please contact Director of Graduate Studies in Nutrition Xiaoli Chen ( or Graduate Programs Coordinator Nancy Toedt ( 


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 in your third year, based on completion of required courses (see Example Schedules).

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) 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.
**Applicants can self-report Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning scores immediately after the test. Applications will be considered with those two scores. The Analytical Writing score will be required prior to formal admission.


Application Review:

We do not have an application deadline.  However, applicants are encouraged to apply early, preferably in the fall of their junior year. Once all the application materials are received, the application is reviewed by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and 2 Nutrition Graduate Program Faculty Members. The review process takes approximately two months. Students who are admitted enter the graduate program in the fall of their 4th year. All students are assigned a graduate advisor. The program will admit up to 5 students each year.

 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 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

If a student satisfies the coursework for DPD verification, begin the University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship in August following the fifth year.