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How to Apply

Application deadlines:

  • Fall semester entry: July 1
  • Spring semester entry: December 1

Applications for admission to the doctorate in clinical nutrition are reviewed by the admissions committee of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, with the approval of the Office of Graduate Studies. Qualified students will be admitted without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age or disability.

Before Starting the Online Application

It will be helpful for all applicants to review the following requirements before starting the online application.

First, read the nonacademic technical standards carefully. Accepted applicants will be asked to indicate if the technical standards can be met with or without accommodation.

Confirm Credential

Provide proof of registered dietitian nutritionist credential. Prepare a screenshot, photo, or scan of the applicant's currrent CDR registration to submit with the online application.

Letter of Intent

In a letter of intent, explain interest in the program. Include a summary of academic and/or professional experience, professional goals, and how completion of the degree is expected to enhance the applicant's professional practice and/or long-term goals. Copy-and-paste this content as plain text into the designated field in the online application.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Prepare an updated resume or CV and upload it where indicated in the online application.


Applicants will enter the names and contact information of three (3) individuals as references into the online application. The system will then prompt each person to submit the recommendation form and accompanying letter online.

A reference should be a faculty member, advisor, preceptor, employer or other person familiar with the applicant's work and character and can attest to the applicant's academic ability or professional competence as a dietitian. The recommendations may not be obtained from family members, friends, etc.

Verify each reference is willing to submit the recommendation online, and inform them an email from "KU Medical Center <>" will arrive, requesting them to submit a reference online.


Arrange to have one official copy of each transcript from every college and university attended sent directly to KU Medical Center form each institution. Official transcripts may not be provided directly by the applicant.

If the institution provides electronic transcripts, please have them sent to Note: many institutions offer the National Student Clearinghouse service for transmission of official transcripts online. Please DO NOT select "University of Kansas" if using this service.

Hardcopy transcripts may be mailed to the following address:
KU Dept. of Dietetics and Nutrition
Attn: DCN Admissions
Mail Stop 4013
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160

Students speaking English as a second language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and arrange for scores to be sent directly to the KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. A satisfactory score on the TOEFL must be obtained within the previous two (2) years (see guidelines for TOEFL).

Online Application

Note: Partial or incomplete applications may not be reviewed.

Using the link above, please submit your completed application and pay the application fee. The application fee is paid when you click SUMBIT from the online application. Applicants can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or by electronic check. U.S. banks only. Application fees are non-refundable. Electronic checks will be held for approximately six business days while the check clears.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University's programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY.

Last modified: Apr 08, 2020

Learn about KU's Doctor of Clinical Nutrition

Program Overview

Eligibility and Requirements

How to Apply

Tuition and Fees

Degree Requirements

Technical Standards

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