Eligibility & Requirements

The MS program begins three times each year: Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

The MS degree program offers flexibility - students may enroll full-time or part-time and a variety of classes are available online. Approximately 12-15 credit hours of the program are elective courses that may be tailored to individual career goals and students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option.To be considered for admission into KU's Master of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition degree program, all students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Undergraduate Degree
    A bachelor’s degree is required for admission. The degree may be in any field but must have included prerequisite courses in biochemistry, physiology and nutrition. Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency.

    Please note: students may be accepted on a provisional admission basis if some requirements have not yet been met at the time of application.

  2. Graduate Record Examination Score
    An official score on the Graduate Record Examination revised General Test is required and official results must be sent directly to our office. The following minimum scores are recommended: Verbal Reasoning-150, Quantitative Reaoning-150, Analytical Writing-4.0.
    For GRE information, visit www.gre.org.

  3. Grade Point Average
    A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for college course work is required for admission.

  4. Background Check
    The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. This one-time fee must be paid directly to the company performing the background investigation. You will be asked to provide information and make the payment once you have been officially accepted into the program. For more information, please see the School of Health Professions Background Check Instructions.


International Students:
An applicant is considered an international student if he or she requires a visa, or currently resides in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently resides in the U.S. while applying for permanent residency. Additional requirements and documentation, such as proof of English language proficiency, are required for international students to become eligible for KU programs. Please review the information for international students before applying.


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