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Visit RFUCAS to complete your application. Applications must be completed by the deadline for the quarter you wish to begin the program.

Spring 2024 Classes Begin February 26, 2024 Application Opens July 28, 2023 Application Deadline February 2, 2024

Summer 2024 Classes Begin May 28, 2024 Application Opens July 28, 2023 Application Deadline May 7, 2024

Fall 2024 Classes Begin August 12, 2024 Application Opens July 28, 2023 Application Deadline July 26, 2024

Winter 2024 Classes Begin November 11, 2024 Application Opens July 26, 2024 Application Deadline October 25, 2024


The following are required for admission into the Master of Science in Clinical and Lifestyle Nutrition:

  • Bachelor's degree in nutrition, dietetics or a related health or science field from an accredited college or university (prior to matriculation).
  • Cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 point scale in the last two years of study.
  • Prerequisite Courses: Successful completion of the following specific coursework recorded on the applicant’s official bachelor’s degree transcript with a grade of C or better or verification of successful completion of an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics.
    • Biology
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry with Lab
    • Organic Chemistry with Lab
    • Physiology

Standardized Tests

No GRE scores are required.

If you do not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, you will need an official score report from TOEFL. (This may be waived if you have been a full-time student at a U.S. college or university for at least two consecutive years, or if you are from a country in which English is a primary language.)

Basic TOEFL Requirements

If you earned a bachelor's degree from outside the U.S. and/or you do not hold. U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency, you are required to demonstrate proof of English proficiency via an official TOEFL report that includes: a total score and category scores in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Minimum scores:
IBT (Internet-based test) of 100 or the equivalent is recommended for graduate school with no category score being lower than 22.

Please note:

  • Test scores must be a test taken within 2 years of the date from when a complete application is submitted.
  • The language test score requirement may be waived if you have demonstrated academic success as a full-time student at a U.S. college or university for at least two consecutive years, or if you are from a country in which English is a primary language.

Letters of Recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required, two preferred, from professionals and/or academicians who know you well (i.e. pre-health advisors/committees, professors or supervisors). We encourage letter writers to share their contact information. Letters must include a signature and be on official letterhead. Letters must be submitted to RFUCAS.

Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae

A resume or curriculum vitae is required.

Personal Statement

The personal statement should address personal, professional and/or educational experiences that provide the Admissions Committee with insight into your professional goals. The statement should also explain how you would like to utilize this online educational program to support your future endeavors.


Official transcripts from each college, university or community college previously attended must be submitted directly to RFUCAS.

If you have studied outside the U.S., you will need to have your transcript/s evaluated for U.S. equivalency using a service like or

Only official transcripts will be accepted.

Professional Experience

Professional experience in nutrition, dietetics or related health or science field, or acceptance to an ACEND accredited dietetic internship, is preferred.

Non-Degree Applicant Policy

Non-degree applicants may be admitted to take a limited number of courses with the permission of the department chair.

Matriculation Requirements

Meet the university's and program's Technical Standards for Admissions. Be proficient with basic computer skills.