Master of Science
Why study Nutrition Sciences?
The goal of the Master of Science in Nutrition Program is to prepare graduates to make significant contributions to the field in professional research, practice, teaching, and leadership. To fulfill this goal, the program provides students with:
- a comprehensive knowledge in the biochemical and physiological aspects of human nutrition;
- knowledge of methodologies used in basic nutrition research and nutrition intervention;
- and skills in research, design, implementation, evaluation, and interpretation.
The Master of Science in Nutrition is designed for the dietitian, nurse, physician, or other health professional seeking to enhance knowledge and credentials. The program is also open to students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in Nutrition or other disciplines and wish to earn credentials to practice nutrition and/or wish to gain further knowledge in nutrition.
Prerequisites for admission are:
- 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 approximately 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. See GRE waiver information below.
- Completion of the following pre-requisite undergraduate course work is required for admission: an introductory nutrition course and one year of general chemistry with lab. In addition, the following undergraduate courses are necessary pre-requisites for graduate metabolism and clinical nutrition coursework: one year of anatomy and physiology with lab, and one year of organic/biochemistry. These courses may be taken concurrently with graduate courses.
- 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.
The applicant is required to successfully complete the following or equivalent master’s prerequisite courses:
- One year of General Chemistry with lab
- Personal Nutrition or introductory nutrition
- One year of Biochemistry (no lab required)
- One year of Anatomy and Physiology
Applicants to the master's program who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible for a GRE waiver.
- 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.
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
When you graduate you can work in a variety of settings including community nutrition agencies, worksite wellness programs, school nutrition programs, emergency food organizations, food industry, international nutrition organizations, media/marketing nutrition, and research institutions. You may use the degree toward further graduate work at the doctoral level.
The graduate faculty will start admitting students 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 a graduate application
- Application fees must be paid by credit card (Visa, Discover, Master Card) or electronic check. 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.
- 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.
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