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Eligibility & Requirements

To be eligible for admission to this program, students need to verify the following requirements have been met.

College Course Work

The course work required before enrolling in this program depends upon whether the student is accepted to the medical nutrition science doctoral program after obtaining an undergraduate or after a graduate degree. Additionally, 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.

GRE 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

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 must demonstrate successful completion (equivalent grade of B or higher) of undergraduate or graduate course work in nutrition, biochemistry, genetics, or other biological science.

Within the guidelines established by the Office of 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 Ph.D.

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.

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

International Students

An applicant is considered an international student if they require a visa, or currently reside in the U.S. with non-immigrant status, or currently reside 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: Jun 27, 2020

Students may enter this program during the fall or spring semester.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall semester entry: February 1
  • Spring semester entry: September 1

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