The Department of Nutrition

School of Health and Human Sciences

General Information, How to Request Additional Information, and How to Apply

The Department of Nutrition offers graduate programs leading to

  • the Master of Science (MS)
  • and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

The Master’s and PhD degrees are offered with opportunities for research in applied or basic nutrition science.  These programs have several science pre-requisites that must be completed prior to application for admission.

Pre-requisites for admission to the Graduate Program in Nutrition include: 2-3 semesters of Biology (General Biology with Lab, Human Physiology) and 3-4 semesters of Chemistry (Inorganic Chemistry with Lab, Organic Chemistry with Lab, Biochemistry).

Department faculty have a wide range of research interests related to nutrition and health and use of diverse methodological approaches.  These interests include:

  • the metabolism,
  • function and requirements of specific nutrients throughout the life cycle,
  • nutrients and phytochemicals in health and disease,
  • nutritional assessment and intervention,
  • maternal and infant nutrition,
  • nutrition education,
  • nutrition and aging,
  • nutrition and physical performance,
  • interaction of nutrients on genes and regulation of the growth
  • and development of bone and adipose tissue.

Faculty and students conduct basic research (work with small laboratory animals and/or cultures of animal and human cells) or applied research (work with human subjects in clinical or community based studies) to achieve research objectives.

Requests for additional information about program requirements, assistantship opportunities, and faculty interest areas

Department of Nutrition
School of Health and Human Sciences
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
318 Stone Building, 319 College Ave.
Greensboro, North Carolina 27412
phone (336) 334-5313

or visit a link to the Graduate School’s web site.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the department for a discussion of their plans and career objectives.

Post-BS Certificate – Dietetic Internship

Those wishing to apply for entrance into the post-BS Certificate-Dietetic Internship (PBC-DI) program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, should either download an application for pre-selection or participate in the national computer matching program via DICAS.  Please visit the Dietetic Internship page of the Nutrition website for more information.

Application Process

Applications for admission must be submitted on-line by the following dates:

  • February 1 for assistantship consideration for fall semester admission,
  • May 1 for fall semester admission without assistantship consideration, and
  • November 15 for spring semester admission.

The following are required for evaluation by the Graduate School:

  • a completed on-line application form and payment of the application fee;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • a letter of intent that includes research and professional goals,
  • and indicates the applicant’s general area of research interest (indicate basic or applied research, or no preference);
  • official transcripts of all previous college course work;
  • and the Verbal and Quantitative scores and Analytical Writing Score on the Graduate Record Examination (taken within 5 years of application).

Foreign students are required to submit TOEFL scores and detailed NACES (course-by-course) evaluations of transcripts. All application materials must be sent to the Graduate School. Once complete, application materials are then forwarded to the Department of Nutrition for review. Questions regarding application status should be directed to the Graduate School.