Nutritional Sciences – Dietetics Option (DPD)
Welcome to the Dietetics option in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers School of Environmental & Biological Sciences. For ease of navigation, select our program highlights, steps to become an RDN, admissions criteria, curriculum, tuition and fees, and FAQs links.
The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, located in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Department of Nutritional Sciences on the New Brunswick Campus are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 ext. 5400. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
For further information on ACEND accreditation, contact:
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext. 5400
For more information about our ISPP program, please visit our ISPP graduate website.
The Rutgers University DPD provides a background in social and behavioral sciences, humanities, physical sciences and specialized courses in nutrition, foodservice, and foods. Students who complete the program will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively with clients, peers and employees; to function as a professional; to develop leadership characteristics and to be cognizant of differences in the population groups with whom s/he works.
Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited DPD program at Rutgers are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program. Some of these ACEND-accredited supervised practice programs are combined with a Masters degree. Work and volunteer experience in the nutrition and dietetics field along with good grades are critical for acceptance in either of these types of supervised practice programs.
For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN please click here.
Dietetics students are encouraged to see their academic advisor regularly, for assistance in course selection and to discuss academic progress toward their goals. In addition, the dietetics program regularly holds group sessions to inform all dietetics students about changes in ACEND requirements, important dates for submitting applications to internships, computer matching, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and any SEBS curriculum changes that may affect the student. Students are informed about these sessions via email and announcements in classes.Special Opportunities at Rutgers University
Dietetics students have opportunities to participate in the SEBS "SPIN" program (Student to Professional Internship Network). This program combines work experience and classroom education through learning goals approved by a faculty advisor.
SEBS students who are in the top 15% of their class at the end of their junior year may participate in the George H. Cook Scholars Program which promotes individual student research and special projects.
There are a number of on-campus work experiences available to students, such as the RU Healthy Dining Team, Nutrition Advocates, EFNEP, and the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market.