How to Apply

Application Deadline

The Nutritional Sciences Program enrolls new students in autumn quarter only. Due to course availability and sequencing, admission for quarters other than autumn is not possible. The application deadline for Autumn 2021 is December 1, 2020.  

How to Apply

Before submitting an application, please review and ensure that you have met the minimum requirements and prerequisites.

Use the UW Graduate School’s Online Application to submit the following materials. The link is provided under the first step below. All information and materials must be provided using the online application. Please do not submit hard copies of any application materials by mail.

  1. Graduate School Application & Application Fee
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    Follow the procedures to create a new profile or log in if you have an existing account.  Please select the following options when you are asked to select the “Application Type”and “Graduate Program” for your application.

    • Application Type: “Graduate”
    • Graduate Program: To apply for:
      Master of Science — Choose “Nutritional Sciences (MS)”
      Master of Public Health — Choose “Public Health – Nutritional Sciences (M of Public Health)”
      Doctor of Philosophy — In autumn 2020 and 2021, we are only accepting applications from students who are currently enrolled in our master’s programs

    After you have completed the application and uploaded the required materials, you will be asked to pay the application fee to submit and complete your application. The graduate school application fee is $85.

  2. Nutritional Sciences Application with Statement
    Save your completed application as a Word document or PDF and upload it while completing the Graduate School application.
  3. Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) Application
    Applicants applying for the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (RD Training Program), should complete this additional application. Save your completed application as a Word document or PDF and upload it while completing the Graduate School application.
  4. Scanned or PDF Copies of Your UNOFFICIAL Transcripts
    You will be asked to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts as a step in the Graduate School application. These can be copies that you have scanned or downloaded from a university website. Transcripts must be submitted online as instructed in the application. Please do not mail hard copies of your transcripts to our office. We are unable to use hard copies and it slows down application processing.
    When completing the application, be sure to list schools where In Progress courses are being taken so that you can update grades once grades arrive. If you have prerequisite courses in progress during fall quarter/semester, you will need to provide updated information when you receive your grades and no later than 12/30. To update your fall course grades, upload your most recent unofficial transcripts and update your NSP application form with your fall course grades.

    • Log into the UW Graduate School online application system
    • Upload a revised copy of your unofficial transcripts under Application Material Tracking >Unofficial Transcript Upload Status>Action
    • Send your updated NSP application to, so that we can upload the revised application into your online application profile.
    • If your fall grades are not available by 12/30, please notify If you are offered admission, official transcripts will be requested before you enroll.
  1. Three Letters of Recommendation
    Please provide contact information for your recommenders where requested in the Graduate School application. Each recommender will then receive an email that provides instructions and a link to submit their letter electronically. You should follow up with your recommenders to ensure that letters are submitted by the application deadline. Letters may come from employers, professors, or previous colleagues; NOT from family members or spouses.
  2. GRE Scores
    Official test scores must be sent directly from ETS to the University of Washington, institution code 4854. Scores over 5 years old will not be accepted. Applicants with a PhD, MD, or other doctoral-level degree earned from an accredited United States school within the last 5 years are exempt from this requirement. We do not accept other tests, such as the MCAT or GMAT in place of the GRE. November 15 is the last date to take the GRE to ensure scores will arrive by the December 1 deadline.
  3. International Applicants: TOEFL Scores or Other Required English Proficiency Exam Score
    Official TOEFL scores must be requested from ETS and submitted to the University of Washington. The official scores will be transmitted electronically to the UW. Please see the ETS website for additional information on sending TOEFL scores. November 15 is the last date to take the TOEFL to ensure scores will arrive by the December 1 deadline. If you are using another test that satisfies the English Proficiency Requirement, please follow the instructions from the test provider to submit official scores to the University of Washington.

If you have any questions about the application, please email us at