James Madison University

Admission to the Major

Any student admitted to JMU can declare dietetics as his/her major and will be permitted to enroll in NUTR 280 and NUTR 295. However, to make progress in the major beyond the first few courses, students need to apply and be fully admitted to the major.

Special Requirements


Any student admitted to JMU can declare dietetics as his/her major and will be permitted to enroll in NUTR 280 and NUTR 295. However, to make progress in the major beyond the first few courses, students need to apply and be admitted to the major.

Students wishing to be admitted to the dietetics major at JMU must apply in the spring semester during which requirements will be met, usually in the sophomore year.

Prerequisites to apply for the major include: completion of all prerequisite courses with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or above and completion of most of the JMU General Education requirements. Prerequisite courses that must be completed with a grade no lower than a "C" (2.0) prior to admission to the dietetics major include: CHEM 131, CHEM 131L, CHEM 132, CHEM 132L, BIO 270, GenEd Cluster 1, GPOSC 225, GPSYC 101 or GPSYC 160, MATH 220, NUTR 280, and NUTR 295. Equivalent coursework taken at other schools and AP or IB credit will be accepted.

Current students at JMU who change their major to dietetics will follow the application procedure outlined. A change after the sophomore year may result in a delay of graduation beyond the traditional four years. Students transferring to JMU from other educational institutions with junior status or higher and the prerequisites completed will be allowed to apply to the major at orientation or during their first semester of enrollment. Other transfer students will complete the application process as outlined.

All students who have successfully completed all prerequisite courses as outlined above and have earned a 3.0 GPA will be admitted to the dietetics major. If the number of students who qualify exceeds the number that can accommodated in classes, some students will experience a delay before they will be granted admission, but they will ultimately be allowed to proceed with the dietetics major. If some students are delayed, those with the fewest number of college credits completed are the individuals who are held back. The number of students who will be admitted to the major each year is determined by the number students that can be accommodated in our classes. Students who are not admitted to the major may reapply in subsequent years if they meet the admission criteria. If all courses are not yet completed, provisional admission may be offered contingent upon successfully meeting course requirements prior to start of the fall semester.

The application deadline is February 15th of each year.

Application packets must include the following:


  • A completed dietetics major application form (MS Word).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities other than James Madison University.
  • Unofficial JMU transcript.
  • A typed letter of application stating professional goals and reasons for selecting dietetics as a career.

All materials must be together in one envelope and submitted to:

If Mailed:
Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics
JMU Department of Health Sciences
235 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, MSC 4301
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Hand Delivered:
Stephanie Lewis
Administrative Assistant - Dietetics
Health & Behavioral Services Building (HBS) 2012

 

 

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