Mar 22, 2023  
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts 
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts

Nutrition - Drexel University

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BA or BS/Master of Science in Human Nutrition (3.5+1.5 OR 4+2)

This program is for students who want a liberal arts education and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition with the Didactic Program in Dietetics focus (DPD track). Students in this program will earn, in five years, a bachelor’s degree from Drew, and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Drexel University. Students attend Drew for three and a half years, and then earn their master’s degree at Drexel in eighteen months. A six-year program is also possible.

At Drexel University, students pursue the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) track leading to becoming a registered dietitian. This program covers all aspects of normal and therapeutic nutrition for individuals and groups.  This major encompasses nutrition science, the application of the principles of biochemistry, physiology, and biology to human nutritional needs.  The degree stresses the interdisciplinary and scientific nature of nutrition and food, and provides students with a base of theoretical knowledge and methodology enabling them to continue professional growth after graduation

Eligibility and Application Criteria

Students should consult with Drew’s combined degree nutrition adviser (Dr. Joanna Miller) to plan their course of study.  Students must submit their applications to Drexel’s Nutrition M.S. DPD track by August 15 for a January start date to complete the 1.5-year M.S. program, or by May 15 for a September start date to complete the 2-year M.S. program. Applicants receive guaranteed reserved admission to the program provided that they meet the following requirements and complete the prerequisites:

  • Candidates for admission must have completed their Drew degree and all requirements for entry into the program, and they must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.

  • Students wishing to enroll in the 1.5-year M.S. program must have completed their Drew degree and all requirements required for entry into the program by the end of the fall semester of their senior year. 

  • Candidates for admission must have the following minimum GRE scores:  Verbal 153, Quantitative 153, and Writing 3.0. 

  • Applicants whose native language is not English and/or were born outside of the United States are required to take both the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and the TSE (Test of Spoken English) and achieve a passing score in each. 


Prerequisites for the M.S. in Nutrition programs

To be eligible for guaranteed reserved admission into Drexel’s Nutrition M.S. DPD track, students must also complete the following prerequisite courses by the completion of the fall of their senior year. For the MS/DPD, you must complete the following prerequisite courses before starting the program:

  • 1 year english composition and/or literature

  • 1 semester general biology with lab to include cell and genetics

  • 2 semesters general chemistry, including an introduction to organic chemistry with lab, or 1 semester general/inorganic chemistry with lab plus 1 semester organic chemistry with lab

  • 1 semester biochemistry

  • 1 semester human physiology or 2 semesters anatomy and physiology

  • 1 semester basic and quantity food preparation (can be taken concurrent with program rather than as a prerequisite)

  • 1 semester general psychology

  • 1 semester statistics

  • 1 semester introductory nutrition


Course Name

DREW COURSE Equivalent

Prerequisites for Drew Equivalents

Chemistry with laboratory (8 credits)

CHEM 150  or CHEM 151  and CHEM 160  or CHEM 161 



Organic Chemistry with laboratory (4 credits)

CHEM 250  

CHEM 160  

Foundations in Biochemistry (4 credits)

CHEM 360  

CHEM 350   

Molecular and Cellular Biology with laboratory (4 credits)

BIOL 250   

BIOL 160   

Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory (8 credits)

BIOL 256  

BIOL 160  and CHEM 160  or CHEM 161  

BIOL 258   

BIOL 160 , BIOL 250  and CHEM 160  or CHEM 161  

General Psychology (3 credits)

PSYC 101   


Statistics (3 credits)

STAT 207   


One year English

DSEM 100 , two writing intensive courses


Introductory Nutrition (3 credits)

BIOL 220  

BIOL 120 , BIOL 160 , or permission of instructor


It takes careful planning to successfully complete all prerequisites, in addition to Drew’s general education and major requirements.  All students intending to participate in this program should contact the Nutrition Program Adviser, Dr. Joanna Miller, during their first semester at Drew for an advising appointment.   First year students are advised to enroll in CHEM 150  or CHEM 151 . 


When to Apply (5-Year Program): senior year at Drew

  • Time at Drew: three years and one semester

  • Time at Drexel: eighteen months

When to Apply (6-Year Program): senior year at Drew

  • Time at Drew: four years

  • Time at Drexel: two years


Drew students will be responsible for all tuition and fees. Drew students will be eligible to apply to Drexel for need-based financial aid as well as any applicable merit based scholarships and grants to assist with the costs of this program.

For more information about the Drew-Drexel 5-year nutrition program, please contact Dr. Joanna Miller and/or look at the details on Drexel’s program at

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