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Special Application Requirements/Information

The Nutrition Program has ongoing admissions, and will review applications throughout the year. Preference in scholarship awards will be for those applicants who meet the College early deadline of February 1st.

The GRE General Test is required for all degrees. A writing sample is required for doctoral applicants, preferably a master’s thesis, course paper, or published article.

For full admittance, applicants must also provide evidence of completion of prerequisite courses, including introductory nutrition, statistics, general and organic chemistry with labs, biochemistry (requiring organic chemistry as a prerequisite), and two semesters of human physiology with labs. Introductory nutrition, biochemistry, and human physiology must have been taken within five years with a grade of B or better. Courses in food science and in food management and a course in microbiology are also required for students wishing to become registered dietitians.

Students in Nutrition may also complete a Dietetic Internship option accredited by the American Dietetic Association. Applicants who wish to complete the Dietetic Internship (DI) option must submit directly to the Internship Director a specific DI application along with an ADA DPD verification statement (see Nutrition website for more information). Applicants must apply for admission for the M.S. degree and be fully admitted to the M.S. program. For students who do not have a bachelor’s degree that satisfies DPD, the needed coursework can be completed through a combination of undergraduate courses and master’s courses. Our ADA academic program advisor will work with students to develop an integrated plan of study and to facilitate the process.

Admission to the doctoral programs is based upon the applicant’s academic and work record. Normally a student will be formally admitted to the doctoral program only after completion of coursework equivalent to the 40-50 point Master of Science degrees or the 60-point Master of Education degree.