Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Dietetics/Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Accelerated Admission

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) 5 year program is available for students completing the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, an accredited professional program.  All requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics (BSD) and the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND) can be met with up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework that may count toward requirements for each degree.

Students who have completed at least 60 undergraduate credit hours of required, pre-requisite coursework for dietetics and have been accepted to the professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics may apply to the ABM program. 

Admission Requirements

The ABM program allows UND dietetics students the opportunity to complete degree requirements for a BSD and MSND at an accelerated pace.  Students are expected to graduate with the MSND within 12 months of completing their BSD.  Admission is competitive, and students must meet minimum admission requirements:

  1. Minimum requirements for admission set by the School of Graduate Studies, including English proficiency.
  2. Completion of pre-requisite courses and currently enrolled or eligible for enrollment at UND.
  3. Have a grade of "C" or higher in undergraduate courses in nutrition and science. Recency of courses will be evaluated.
  4. Have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for all undergraduate work (based on A=4.0).
  5. Be admitted to the professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at UND.
  6. Submit an online application for graduate studies before beginning coursework for the professional phase of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics.  This application must include all required materials set by the School of Graduate Studies and a signed Program of Study including the 12 credit hours to be double counted toward the BSD and MSND degrees.

Degree Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher and “B” or higher in courses listed in the Program of Study.  Program requirements are:

  1. A minimum of 31 credits hours from core courses.
  2. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination.


Core requirements:

N&D 325Nutrition Through the Life Cycle3
N&D 350Medical Nutrition Therapy I3
N&D 380Food Service Production and Management3
N&D 450Medical Nutrition Therapy II3
N&D 541Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Macronutrients3
N&D 542Biochemical and Physiological Basis of Nutrition: Micronutrients3
N&D 554Nutrigenomics3
N&D 560Nutrition Counseling3
N&D 594Research Methods in Nutrition3
N&D 598Dietetics Practicum2-4
N&D 997Independent Study2


N&D 543Advanced Topics in Lifecycle Nutrition3
N&D 544Obesity and Eating Disorders3
N&D 545Nutrition in Disease Prevention and Wellness3
N&D 550Nutrition Education and Program Planning3
N&D 552Professional Nutrition Precepting1
N&D 553Nutritional Health Advocacy and Policy3
N&D 555Small Grant Proposal Development1
N&D 590Directed Studies in Nutrition1-4
N&D 591Seminar in Nutrition1

*Electives can come from any department that has relevant coursework. Courses must be approved by the student's academic adviser and be included on the student's Program of Study before the course is taken. Graduate level courses taken prior to acceptance as a graduate student may be included in the student's Program of Study with approval.

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
Fax: 701.777.2696

Twamley Hall Room 201
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382