School of Health and Human Sciences

GRE not required.

Applicants are typically invited for a zoom interview prior to a final selection process.

What can I study?

The Department of Nutrition offers three graduate program options:

  1. Master of Science (M.S.), non-thesis option
    • The M.S., non-thesis option is designed to prepare students for consulting, administrative, and practitioner positions in nutrition. A comprehensive exam is required.
  2. Master of Science (M.S.), thesis option
    • The M.S., thesis option is research-based and designed to prepare students for research, administrative, and practitioner positions in nutrition, or for progression to the Ph.D. program.
  3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
    • The Ph.D. program focuses on the development of critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and organizational skills and the application of these skills to a nutrition-related research dissertation.
  4. Post B.S. Certificate – Dietetic Internship
    • The Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics Post Baccalaureate Program provides an opportunity for students who have received a Bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited university to earn a Didactic Program Verification Statement.

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).

Applicants interested in thesis or doctoral degrees should identify an area of research they are interested in before applying for admission. Current areas of faculty research can be seen either by reviewing an overview of all faculty research or by visiting the web pages of specific faculty (by clicking on the faculty members picture on the faculty page).

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

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

For more information, you can visit our contact page or the Graduate School‘s website.

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