Admission Requirements

Applicants interested in the Master of Science in Nutrition program must meet the following admissions requirements:

  • 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
  • Effective Fall 2021 the program will no longer require a GRE score. 
    • Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 applicants will need to submit a GRE score. Requirements include a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of approximately 300 total or 150 in each of the two areas, Quantitative and Verbal, and a score of at least 3.0 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.) 
  • English proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English.  Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Testing System (IELTS), or the PEARSON Test of English (PTE). For IELTS, an overall band score of 6.5 is sufficient for graduate admission. For PEARSON, a score of 47 is sufficient. TOEFL requirements vary based on the type of TOEFL test taken, and scores are valid for up to two years. The minimum university requirement is:
    • 520 (paper-based test), or
    • 190 (computer-based test), or
    • 80 (internet-based test)
      • For more information on UC's English proficiency requirements please visit the UC Graduate School.

GRE Waiver

Starting in Fall 2021, the program will no longer require the GRE for admittance into the program. If you are applying for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021, you may be eligible for a waiver. 

Applicants to the master's program who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible for a GRE Waiver Request Form.

  • Applicant has University of Cincinnati undergraduate degree in a relevant field with cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Applicant has successfully completed a graduate degree in a relevant field in the US
  • Applicant has completed at least 6 graduate credits at UC in a relevant field with a cumulative 3.5 GPA  or higher
  • Applicant has entry level professional certification or license plus 2 years of relevant work experience 

Meeting these criteria does not guarantee receipt of the waiver. The MS Nutrition Admissions Committee may request GREs from eligible applicants at its discretion. Also, approval for the GRE Waiver does not guarantee admission to the MS Nutrition program. If an applicant meets any of these criteria, the applicant will complete a form when submitting the application.  The Graduate School will put the application through the system for review.   

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

Prerequisite Coursework

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

  • An introductory nutrition course (UC equivalent NUTR 1030 Personal Nutrition)
  • A year of general chemistry with lab (UC equivalent CHEM 1030 and CHEM 1031 GOBCHEM I and II;  CHEM 1030L and CHEM 1031L GOBCHEM I and  II Lab)
It is also preferred that the applicant take the following courses before admissions to the Master of Science program, however these courses can be taken after enrollment:
  • A  year of biochemistry (or at least one semester of biochemistry with one semester of organic chemistry or genetics; UC equivalent for biochemistry CHEM 2030 and CHEM 2031 Survey of biochemistry I and II, no lab required)
  • A year of anatomy and physiology (UC equivalent BIOL 2001C & BIOL 2002C Anatomy & Physiology I & II)