Graduate Study

Completing MS with RDN

When pursuing an MS in Nutritional Sciences, you may also complete the ACEND-accredited RDN training program, the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD). By completing both MS and GCPD programs, you concurrently complete required coursework and clinical and community supervised practice experiences required to attain the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential.

Most students pursue the MS degree in combination with our GCPD to build onto a previously earned RD credential through advanced graduate level training.


Graduates from our MS/GCPD programs are regarded as highly skilled and competitive candidates for dietetics practice and leadership roles in clinical care and community settings. The program’s location in an accredited School of Public Health lends a systems perspective to our curriculum and teaching philosophy and supports strong linkages with state and local public health agencies and programs.

Strong links to UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital also allows students to benefit from these world-renowned research and teaching facilities while completing the clinical components of the program. Additionally, four maternal and child health traineeships are available for GCPD students or credentialed RDNs.

Interested in RDN Training?  

Review the program overview, mission & goals, and more about practice experience opportunities.