How to Apply

Application Process

The graduate faculty will start admitting students to the Master of Science in Nutrition program and awarding financial assistance beginning April 1.  If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, it is highly encouraged that you submit your application by mid-February so that your application can be considered before the April 1st deadline.  We will consider applications for admission for fall until August 1. 

The application deadline for spring semester is November 1.  There are usually only a limited number of openings for students for the spring. Before filling out the application we encourage you to contact our program coordinator about admission.

Please follow these guidelines in preparing your application.

Submit Electronically:

  • The graduate application may be found on the UC Graduate School website.
  • Application fees may be paid by credit card (Visa, Discover, Master Card) or electronic check. This method is preferred and will speed processing of your application. Applications will not be processed until payment is received.
  • Upload your resume which should include relevant academic and professional data. Resume should include: Name, address, phone, birth date, citizenship, colleges attended with degrees and dates, employment history, professional experience, present employment, and names of references that will be sending letters.
  • Upload your statement of academic and professional goals. This statement will be used as one of the criteria for evaluating your application. This statement should include:
    • What are your career goals and interests?
    • What experience do you have in the nutrition discipline?
    • What experience do you have in research or teaching?
    • How are you at working independently?
    • Do you have any notable leadership skills?
    • State any significant writing pieces (i.e. honors thesis, project, University newspaper)
    • Why do you want to come to UC?
    • What type of nutrition research do you want to do?
  • Upload your unofficial transcript. An official transcript will only need to be submitted after you have been accepted and confirmed as a student.
  • Provide test scores received on the Quantitative, Verbal and Written Tests of Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken no more than five years before application date unless you have completed the GRE waiver (will not be required for applicants starting Fall 2021 and beyond).
  • Provide three current letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic and professional ability (submitted electronically by recommenders). One letter should be from an academic source; one should be from an employer or other person who can comment regarding on-the-job (professional) performance; and the third may be from either an academic or professional source.
  • English proficiency, which may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Most applicants fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The University of Cincinnati now has an additional option available to demonstrate English language proficiency through the on-campus ELS Language Center. Successful completion of Intensive English Instruction (level 112) can fulfill the English proficiency requirement for admission, thus obviating the need for the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Applicants with a baccalaureate or master degree from an accredited university in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, or other English-speaking country are exempt from the English proficiency requirement. A certified copy of the degree or transcript is required for such an exemption. In addition, applicants from select English-speaking countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement upon submission of a request for a waiver of the TOEFL test by the admitting program.