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Admission Requirements:  

MS Program

Advanced Certificate Program

  • completion of a baccalaureate degree with a preferred GPA of 3.0
  • three letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts from your undergraduate insitution(s)
  • an essay that addresses the following: Explain how the Graduate Program in Nutrition will help you achieve your short-term and long-term goals.

GREs are NOT required for admission into this program.

 3 credits in each of the following:

  • physiology (laboratory not required)
  • statistics
  • an introductory nutrtion course if the undergraduate degree is not in nutrition/dietetics. Prospective students can take the Survey of Nutrition Concepts course offered by the Program as a non-matriculated student or another similar course with prior approval of the Associate Program Director. Alternatively, prospective students can be admitted into the Program with the condition that they successfully complete the Survey of Nutrition Concepts course. If the student successfully completes the Survey of Nutrition Concepts course, they can then proceed with registration for the following semester.

 3 credits in:

  • physiology (laboratory not required)


Recency of Education Policy:

If the most recent degree obtained is dated more than 10 years ago, a student would have to complete, with a grade of C+ or better, 9 credits of specific college work:

For a student interesting in applying for the MS program, those 9 credits would include: 

  • Physiology (no lab required)
  • Statistics
  • Comprehensive Introduction to Nutrition Course (HFN 500 or another course with approval of program coordinator)

For a student interested in applying for the  certificate program, those 9 credits would include:

  • Physiology (no lab required)
  • Comprehensive Introduction to Nutrition Course (HFN 500 or another course with approval of program coordinator)
  • 3 additional college credits (recommended that they be relevant to the planned course of study, program coordinator should assist with course selection)

All applicants to the Graduate Programs will be carefully reviewed by the Program's Admissions Review Committee. Candidates are selected based on demonstrated ability to succeed academically, references, appropriate volunteer/work experience, and written communication skills.

Transfer credits:

Up to six credits worth of previous graduate coursework may be considered for transfer for the MS program only after a student is accepted.  Transfer credits will not be accepted for the Advanced Certificate.   Previous coursework may not have been taken more than five years prior to the application deadline.  In addition, the credits cannot have been counted and used toward another degree/certificate. In order to be considered for transfer, the coursework must be at least 3 graduate credits and must closely mirror a course offered through this program and you must have earned at least a C+ in the course.  All transfer credits must be approved by the Program Coordinator and the University. 

A student who is matriculated in the Advanced Certificate or who has completed the Advanced Certificate may continue on to the Master of Science in Nutrition if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of a C+ in any one course. 

International Applicants

For international applications, please see information at this link regarding additional University requirements including submission of TOEFL socres and WES transcript evaluations. 


The Graduate Nutrition Program does not provide any scholarships.  There are scholarships available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The requirements are as follows:

  1. Planned or current enrollment in an advanced degree program in a US regionally accredited college or university. Students who are already enrolled in an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (DI) and will be completing a graduate program in 2016-2017 should apply for a graduate scholarship.
  2. Intention to practice in the field of dietetics.
  3. U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  4. Academy member

*Some scholarships require specific areas of study (e.g., public health nutrition, foodservice administration, and medicine) and status as a registered dietitian. This information is requested in the application form.

More information can be foudn on the Academy's website.