Apply Online

Apply online to the PhD program. The online application is fast, easy and secure. A $50 non-refundable fee is required.

Due Date

March 15 | We accept applications year-round on a rolling basis. If you’d like to be considered for an assistantship, apply by March 15.


Applicants to the PhD program are expected to have an MS degree in nutrition or a related field from an accredited college or university. Students with a BS degree who wish to enter our PhD program should apply to the MS in the nutrition science program. A bypass of the MS degree into the PhD program may be possible based on academic performance and research potential observed during the first academic year.  

A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework.

GRE scores; however, there is no minimum score. The results are used to evaluate your potential. The MCAT or any other standardized test may not be used as a substitute for the GRE. 

Supplemental Materials

Before you submit your application, ensure that you have all of the supplemental materials ready.

  • Contact a faculty member in your area of interest to arrange an in-person or phone interview.
  • Secure two recommendation forms from individuals who have worked closely with you and have considerable knowledge of your academic performance.
  • Request that your official transcripts from each college or university you have attended are sent to the department.
  • Request that your GRE scores are sent to the department.
    When requesting your GRE scores, use these reporting codes: Institution 2925; Department 0214
  • Include a statement of career objectives and plans listing your area of concentration and research interests. This section is very important in the application process; complete with as much detail as possible.
  • Include an assistantship qualification statement, if applicable. This should include any special skills, previous teaching/laboratory experience, research experience, etc.

Questions? Contact Us

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