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Eligibility & Requirements

  1. College Course Work Requirements
    The course work required depends upon whether the student is accepted to the PhD program after obtaining an undergraduate or a graduate degree, and it depends on the area of study of the degree (nutrition, biological sciences or other areas of study). Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency.

    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 KU by the testing agency. The following minimum scores are recommended: Verbal Reasoning-150, Quantitative Reaoning-150, Analytical Writing-4.0. For GRE information, visit

  3. Grade Point Average
    To pursue this doctorate degree, the applicant must meet the general KU requirements for admission as a graduate student. The minimum GPA requirements for admission are as follows:

    1. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better is required for regular admission status.

    2. Evidence of successful completion (equivalent grade of B or higher) of undergraduate or graduate coursework in nutrition, biochemistry, genetics, or other biological science.

    Within the guidelines established by the Graduate Studies, no credit is actually transferred toward the doctorate; however, relevant prior graduate work will be taken into consideration in setting up individual programs of study leading to the PhD.

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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Last modified: Sep 07, 2018