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Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences _

Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 at the undergraduate level based on a 4.0 scale

  • A preferred Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of at least 500 (old scale) or approximately 300 total (revised scale) or 150 in each of the two areas, Quantitative and Verbal, and a score of at least 3.5 (old and revised scale) in the Writing Assessment portion, taken within the five-year period preceding admission. (Use code 1833 University of Cincinnati when selecting where to send GRE scores, no need to pick specific code per department.) 

    Applicants to the master's program who meet the following criteria may be eligible for a GRE Waiver Request Form. Please note that simply meeting these criteria does not guarantee receipt of the waiver. The MS Admissions Committee may request GREs from eligible applicants at its discretion. Also, approval for the GRE Waiver does not guarantee admission to the MS program. The eligibility for the waiver is based on one's cumulative BS or BA GPA, which we will not recalculate. Applicants may request the waiver if they meet the criteria below. Applicants will be notified whether or not the waiver is approved.

    • Graduates of a bachelor's (BS or BA) program at the University of Cincinnati with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale OR
    • Post-master’s applicants, or applicants with a master’s degree in a science field who have taken all pre-requisite coursework (year of chemistry with lab, year of anatomy and physiology, year of biochemistry, semester of introduction to nutrition) in the last five years from an accredited institution in the United States or Canada with a GPA of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale.

    Applicants to the following programs are not eligible for the GRE waiver:

    • International applicants who completed BS or MS programs outside the United States or Canada
  • An applicant whose native language is not English is required to provide proof of English language proficiency through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores. The TOEFL minimum university requirements include a score of 520 on the paper-based test, 190 on the computer based test, or 68 on the internet-based test. TOEFL scores are valid for up to two years. An overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS is sufficient for graduate admission. As an alternative to TOEFL or IELTS, level 112 of Intensive English Instruction may be completed at the ELS Language Center at the University of Cincinnati.

Prerequisite Coursework:

The applicant is required to successfully complete (minimum grade of B) the following or equivalent master’s prerequisite courses:



  • NUTR-1030 Personal Nutrition*​

  • CHEM-2030 Survey of Biochemistry I

  • CHEM-2031 Survey of Biochemistry II

  • BIOL-3021 Human and Comparative Animal Physiology or BIOL-2001C & 2002C Anatomy & Physiology I & II 

*The general chemistry with lab classes and a personal nutrition course must be completed before admission to the masters program (they can be completed online or during the summer before admission at any college or university).

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Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

For Nutrition Science Programs:

Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:

Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477

More Information

For specific questions about the Master of Science in Nutrition Program contact:

Sarah Couch, PhD, RD
Professor and Vice Chair  
Graduate Program Director
Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

Get more information about this program

University of Cincinnati Graduate School 
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
2614 McMicken Circle
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627
(513) 556-4335
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