Requirements for Admission to the Graduate Program in Nutrition

Admission

Before being offered admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree program, applicants must be reviewed and recommended for admission by the Admissions Committee. In addition, each student must have confirmation from a faculty member that he/she is willing to serve as his/her student’s mentor. Note that although we accept applications throughout the year, most of our incoming students join us during the fall semester. Please contact us before you complete the online application if you would like to be considered for spring or summer semester admission prior to applying online.

Decisions on admissions are based on previous academic records, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, statement of professional goals and experiences and letters of reference. Personal interviews are encouraged and are required by some faculty but are not a formal requirement for admission to the GPN.

Admission Requirements

BS or BA degree in human or animal nutrition/dietetics, or a related biological or social science.

Required course prerequisites:

  • 6 credits in chemistry (inorganic and organic)
  • 3 credits physiology
  • 3 credits biochemistry
  • 3 credits nutrition

Recommended course prerequisites for students wishing to specialize in certain areas of nutrition science:

  • physics
  • calculus
  • analytical chemistry

Students with more than 8 credits of deficiency and a superior record or special backgrounds, abilities, and interests may be accepted as provisional students for one semester until they qualify for consideration for regular degree status. All deficiencies must be made up with a grade of B or better within the first two semesters.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Overall grade-point average of 3.00 (A=4.00) and a B average in nutrition and related sciences.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores

  • Acceptable score (an average of the quantitative, verbal and written scores above the 50th percentile) on the GRE. However, the most competitive students have an average score above the 75th percentile. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores may be substituted for GREs.

Letters of recommendation

  • Three letters of recommendation are required