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How to Apply

The Program in Nutrition has rolling admissions, which means that the Nutrition faculty reviews applications throughout the year. However, preference in scholarship awards will go to students whose applications arrive during the initial months of each calendar year.

To be considered for admission to the Program in Nutrition, applicants must submit the following to the Teachers College Office of Admission:

  • Application document
  • Official undergraduate transcript
  • Official transcripts that confirm completion of at least five of the seven master's prerequisite courses. If admitted to the Program in Nutrition, the outstanding master's prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to beginning master's courses. Please note that the following master's prerequisites must be completed within five years of beginning master's courses: introductory nutrition, biochemistry, anatomy & physiology I with lab, and anatomy & physiology II with lab. (Basic statistics, general chemistry with lab, and organic chemistry with lab can be older than five years.)
  • Two or three letters of recommendation
  • Few-page written personal essay
  • Resume
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores on the general exam.

An application is reviewed within a few weeks of the Nutrition faculty receiving the application from the Office of Admission. Prospective students will receive formal letters informing them of their admission status.
Since applications remain "active" for one year within the Office of Admission, applications can be submitted in piecemeal. However, an application will not be forwarded to the Nutrition faculty until the application is complete. In other words, the Nutrition faculty will not review an application until all required parts are submitted to the Office of Admission. If you have questions about your submitted application, please contact the Office of Admission at 212-678-3710.

For further information, please see the “Special Application/Degree Requirements Information" section of the Academic Catalog for the Program in Nutrition. Where there is a discrepancy between the information provided, the Academic Catalog takes precedence.