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MS Nutrition - Didactic Program (DP) Track

NEW! For prospective students, please note that in 2018, the Hunter Didactic Program (DPD) reorganized to create the NEW Integrated Program (IPND) which seamlessly combines didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning.  THE LAST DPD COHORT WILL BE ACCEPTED IN FALL 2021.

Click HERE for more information about our IPND Program.

Hunter's 41-credit MS Nutrition Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DP) prepares students to obtain the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential and apply for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). The program duration is 2 years/4 semesters full-time. Classes are offered Mondays-Thursdays, with students typically in class 2-3 days per week per semester. Courses meet 2.5 hours morning and afternoon hours.

A unique and dynamic community-oriented program, Hunter's DP is the only public center for graduate dietetics program in Manhattan, New York City (NYC). Our student-centered faculty are committed to disseminating evidence-based information, and preparing professional graduates with advanced nutrition training. Our ethnically diverse students are competitive in obtaining dietetic internships, and in their professional roles, have made significant and meaningful contributions to the dietetics profession and to communities in NYC and beyond.

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 order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: 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). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited MS DP program at Hunter College are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

In some states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. All U.S. states and territories with licensure and certification laws accept the RDN credential for state licensure and certification purposes.  Even though the Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) license in the state of New York is optional and not required in addition to the RDN certificate to practice, our students often tell us that their start date is pushed back if they don't receive this certification. For more information about state licensure requirements click here

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN click here."


Hunter's DP, within the School of Urban Public Health, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) the credentialing arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For further information on ACEND accreditation, contact:

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza
Suite 2190
Chicago, Illinois 60606-6995
Phone (800)-877-1600 ext 5400


The mission of the DP is to prepare dietitians with increased competence and advanced skills in clinical and community nutrition, and to advance the science and practice of nutrition and dietetics.

We value:
Life-long Learning
An interdisciplinary approach to healthcare
Socially and ecologically sustainable food systems


Goal 1: The Program will provide graduates with a high quality advanced didactic education and experiential training in the field of nutrition and dietetics.


  • 1. Program Completion:
    Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of students enrolled will complete the program within 3 years (150% of stated time).
  • 2. Graduate Application and Acceptance into Supervised Practice:
     a. Over a 5-yr period, 90% of program graduates will apply for admission to a Supervised Practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.
    Over a 5-yr period, 80% of program graduates will be admitted to a Supervised Practice program within 12 months of graduation.

  • 3. Graduate Performance on Registration Exam:
    Over a 5-year period, 80% of graduates will pass the CDR RDN Registration Exam within one year of their first attempt.
  • 4. Supervised Practice Program Director Satisfaction:
    Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of Supervised Practice Directors who respond to the Supervised Practice Director Survey will rate the preparation of MS-DP Program graduates as Good to Excellent.
  • 5. Graduate Satisfaction:
    Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of the graduates who respond to exit surveys will rate the quality of the MS-DP Program as Good to Excellent.

Goal 2: The Program will prepare graduates for careers in nutrition and dietetics as skilled practitioners with an advanced degree who are equipped to actively address the changing health needs of urban metropolitan areas such as NYC.


  • 1. Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of program graduates seeking employment will be employed in the field of nutrition and dietetics or related field within 12 months of completion of Supervised Practice.
  • 2. Over a 5-year period, at least 80% of employers who respond to the employer survey will rate the preparation of MS-DP Program graduates as Good to Excellent.

Outcomes data is available upon request.


RDN Credential Accredited Tracks at Hunter College

Didactic Prog: 41 credits (15 courses) over 2 years

Dietetic Internship: 12 Cr (4 supervised practice courses) over 9 months

Total Tuition DPD+DI: $23,510 for 53 credits over 3 years


IPND: 53 credits (15 didactic courses + 4 supervised practice courses) over 2 years

Total Tuition: $28,200 (includes the Academic Excellence Fee of $150/Cr)


Advantages of IPND Program:

  • Superior model of learning for it integrates didactic and supervised practice, allowing for immediate reinforcement of classroom learning with practical field experiences, simulations, and standardized patients
  • Guaranteed supervised practice placement—eliminating stress and aggravation of the internship matching process (with a national 50% match rate)
  • Prepares graduates to be workplace ready a year early with potential professional earnings of ~$65,000 during that time

                               Tuition Comparisons (tuition based on 2018-19 rates and subject to change)



DPD Tuition


IPND Tuition +
AEF of 150/Cr)

IPND Tuition

Year 1-Fall 1






Year 1-Spring 1






Year 2-Fall 2






Year 2-Spring 2













 DI Cr

DI Tuition 



Year 3-Fall 3-DI





Year3-Spring 3-DI












Total DPD+DI





Difference $4,690 

Whereas the $150/cr translates to an additional total of $7,950 for the 53 credits, the actual total tuition difference based on full time student status is only $4,690

See Hunter Registrar website (aka One Stop) for tuition and fee costs

Additional estimated costs for living in NYC

Housing:      Costs are highly variable.  If sharing a rental apartment with at least one roommate, consider a minimum of $12,000 /yr + utilities. Most landlords also expect first and last month's rent security deposit.

Books:    $200 - $300

Transportation:    NYC public transit Metrocard minimum of $32 per week. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from assigned sites. Whenever possible, practice sites easily accessible by public transportation have been selected.

Food:    Variable, average is about $2,000 - $2,500/yr. During internship placement, meals are the responsibility of interns, however some meals may be provided by rotation sites.

Insurance:    Health Insurance average cost is $1,400/yr (not provided by CUNY) and Liability Insurance is $35/yr.

Incidentals:    (Entertainment, apparel, other) - Average $2,700/yr.

The MS-DP follows the Hunter College Academic Calendar. To view the most current academic calendar see “quick links” to the left of this page for all academic calendars or clickHERE.

Note:Current Hunter College seniors (undergraduate) may be eligible for an application fee waiver. When submitting the application, please select 'Pay by Check' but do not submit a payment. Contact for how to request this waiver.


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