Admission to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

Recommended application deadlines

Semester StartApplication Deadline*
Spring semester startAugust 15
Summer semester startJanuary 15
Fall semester startFebruary 15

*​Applications will be accepted beyond the above dates but applying by the recommended deadline increases the likelihood that your application will be processed in advance of the opening of course registration.

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Graduate admission application 

For the graduate admissions application, the following conditions must be met. Additionally, the supplemental materials indicated below must also be submitted.

  1. An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) in the last 60 semester hours of coursework.
  2. Successful completion of one of the following:
    • The requirements for dietetic registration by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics or fulfillment of the minimum academic requirements of the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) approved by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics' Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education
    • Completion of at least two courses in nutrition, one being at the advanced level; and one course in each of the following: biochemistry, anatomy/physiology, microbiology, and organic chemistry.  These courses must be completed in advance of submitting an application to this program.  
  3. An essay (two to three pages, double-spaced) discussing your goals and how completion of the program will facilitate your achievement of those goals. A portion of this essay should focus on the unique qualifications you will bring to the degree program. 
  4. ​Three (3) letters of recommendation from former professors or professionals in the field of nutrition and dietetics or other health-related professions (standardized recommendation forms are NOT required).
  5. ​Evidence of successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course is strongly recommended.
  6. ​The GRE is not required.​
  7. Up to a maximum of 15 credit hours (from coursework/internship completed prior to admission to the MSND program) may be applied to the MSND program through Credit by Examination or transfer of course credits from another accredited institution pending approval of coursework.

Additional information on the pathway to becoming a registered dietitian may be obtained at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website (click on becoming an RD).