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Eligibility & Requirements

The master's degree program has three start dates each year, one each for fall, spring and summer semesters.

The program offers flexibility. Students may select full-time or part-time study, 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; students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option.

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

To be considered for admission, all students must meet the following 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.

Graduate Record Examination

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

Grade Point Average

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

Background Check

The Joint Commission requires all incoming students to submit for and provide KU with a background check report. This one-time expense must be paid for by the student directly to the company performing the background investigation. Students will be asked to complete this process upon official acceptance 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 they require 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 additional formation for international students before applying.

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Last modified: Jan 08, 2021

This program begins three times each year, once each in fall, spring and summer semesters. Students may enroll full-time or part-time and many classes are available online.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall start: July 1
  • Spring start: Dec 1
  • Summer start: May 1

Learn about the program

Program Overview

Eligibility and Requirements

How to Apply

Tuition and Fees


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