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Eligibility and Admission Requirements

Interested in applying? Learn about the eligibility and requirements for KU's master's degree in dietetics and nutrition program.

The master's degree program schedule offers students flexibility with three start dates each year in the fall, spring and summer semesters. You may select full-time or part-time study, and a variety of classes are available online. As of August 2021, applicants are no longer required to provide scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Approximately 12-15 credit hours of the program are elective courses that you may tailor to individual career goals with the choice of a thesis or non-thesis option. Learn more on our curriculum page. 

Admission Requirements

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.

Grade Point Average

A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate college coursework is required for admission.

Vaccine and Clinical Site Requirements

Matriculated students will need to provide an immunization profile prior to participating in curricular and/or clinical experiences required by the program. Please read the information found at the bottom of the program's curriculum page and be sure that you understand these requirements.

Background Check

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires all incoming students to pay for a background check. You pay this one-time fee 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 applicants before applying.

    Computer Requirements

    Students in this program are also required to have a computer that meets the minimum software and hardware requirements.

    School of Health Professions

    Dietetics and Nutrition
    KU Medical Center
    3901 Rainbow Boulevard
    Mailstop 4013
    Kansas City, KS 66160
    913-588-5355 • 711 TTY