Welcome to the Nutrition program

When you become part of the graduate Program in Nutrition at Teachers College Columbia University, you will join students from all over the globe who want to positively impact the world through the field of nutrition. Our program provides you with solid grounding to work in clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, behavioral nutrition, nutrition education, or public health nutrition, all in an interdisciplinary context that will prepare you to adapt to the ever-evolving field of nutrition. Whether you’re a US or international student, we know you have lots of questions. That’s why we host semi-monthly information sessions with Dr. Lora Sporny, who has served on the nutrition faculty since 1992. The calls are held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, starting at 9 a.m. eastern.

Choose Your Degree

It's relatively straight-forward to become an RDN at Teachers College:

  1. Begin by completing the master’s degree prerequisite courses.
  2. Apply for admission to one of our master’s degrees.
  3. Successfully complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) courses by completing one of our master’s degrees while concurrently completing three courses at Lehman College.
  4. Work with Teachers College faculty to obtain the necessary documentation needed to apply to the Dietetic Internship Program.
  5. Apply to and complete the Dietetic Internship Program (DI) at Teachers College.
  6. Pass the Dietetic Registration Exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Effective January 1, 2024, CDR will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become an RDN. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website:

You can complete the whole process (excluding completion of the master’s prerequisite courses) in roughly three years of full-time study. However, we also welcome part-time students into our program.

Please attend one of our info sessions for more details.

We offer four master's degrees:

We offer two degrees and several concentrations for doctoral study:

  • Ph.D. (75-credits) — you may specialize in one of three areas:
    • Behavioral Nutrition
    • Nutritional Epidemiology
    • Nutrition and Physical Activity

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