Admission, Completion and Cost

This section contains information about admission, program completion, program costs and financial aid. 


In order to be admitted to the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at the University of Maryland, students must follow the admission requirements of the University of Maryland and declare their major as Dietetics. The Dietetics program code for application is 1307D.

Please review the admission requirements by clicking on the type of applicants below: 

For questions about applying to the University of Maryland:  the admission office provides you answers to the application frequently asked questions (click here to review the Application FAQs) to decrease your stress of applying to college.

Students who are enrolled in other majors at the University of Maryland: must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to switch to Dietetics. Prior to meeting with the DPD director, a student must have completed the AGNR Change of Major Workshop. To set up an appointment with the DPD Director, a student can sign up for virtual office hours located here, or send an email to

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To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics, students must meet the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Dietetics Program requirements. These include:

  1. All General Education credits. For more information, refer to the 2020-2021 or undergraduate catalog. 

  2. All courses marked with an asterisk in the four year plan with a grade of "C-" of better.

Due to the competitive nature of the Dietetic Internship programs, students are recommended to strive for a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in science courses, DPD courses, and overall.

All graduates of the Dietetics Program receive an official verification statement from the DPD Director. This document indicates  the date B.S. Degree was conferred and that a student meets all academic and professional requirements as put forth by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Four copies of the verification statement will be mailed to the student within 6 weeks after graduation to the contact address provided by the student. The verification statement is an essential document for proof of achievement which will be needed for both entry into dietetic internship as well as state licensure. Students who require additional copies of their verification statements must contact the current DPD Director. Signed copies of the verification statement will be mailed. Students who did not complete all required DPD coursework will not recieve verification statements.

Program Costs

Please refer to the current UMD Undergraduate Catalog for current Undergraduate fees and expenses. General billing questions can be answered at the Financial Service Center (Room 1135 of the Lee Building), and current billing schedule can be found here. Tuition and fee information is also published in the Registration Guide every academic year. Membership Fees recommended for the DPD program include but are not limited to: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ($58 annually) and The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition ($50). Some transportation expenses should be expected to attend professional development meetings, for work experience, and course-related seminars. Individual course materials such as textbooks, posters, and copying costs should be anticipated​.  

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is provided in the form of loans, scholarships, tuition waivers, employment and awards. Current information about FAFSA, and merit and financial need based scholarships is available through the Office of Financial Aid. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources also provides a list of dietetic ​scholarship opportunities. The University offers a Terp Payment Plan​ which allows students to spread out costs using easy monthly payments. Students may also seek employment to cover expenses. Additionally, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers ​educational stipends or scholarships to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate dietetics or food and nutrition related areas.