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Admissions Timeline

The deadline has passed for the autumn 2022 admissions process, and we are no longer accepting applications. The next cycle will be for autumn 2023 and will open September 1, 2022.

View the Admissions timeline and deadline policy for the 2022 process

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants to an NSP graduate program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree* or higher in any discipline
  • Prerequisite Coursework
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • English language proficiency requirements (non-native English speakers)
  • GCPD requirements (if applying to the GCPD)

* In order to be eligible to apply for autumn quarter, applicants must have earned their bachelor’s degree by the end of that summer. Applicants do not need to have earned their bachelor’s degree prior to applying for the program.

Review the Eligibility Requirement page for details and additional information

Prerequisite Coursework Requirements

The following courses must be completed prior to beginning either the MPH or MS program:

  • Nutrition
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry (2 quarters or 1 semester)
  • Physiology

Applicants to the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) must also complete the following coursework:

  • Psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Food Science (with lab)
  • Management of Nutrition Services

View the Prerequisite Guidelines and Example Coursework.

Application and Materials

Prospective students submit a MyGrad application for either the MPH or MS program and will indicate in the application whether or not they are also applying for the GCPD (RDN training). (The GCPD application is included within the MPH/MS MyGrad application.)

  • Complete the Online application through MyGrad
    • For question 1 on the Program Information page, select “Graduate”
    • For question 2 on the Program Information page –
      • Applicants for the MPH should select “Public Health – Nutritional Sciences (MPH)”
      • Applicants for the MS should select “Nutritional Sciences (MS)”
  • Statement of Purpose
  • EDI Statement
  • Background Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Supplemental Information
  • Prerequisite Information
  • Short Answer Section
  • Extenuating Circumstances (Optional)
  • GCPD Application (Required for GCPD applicants)
  • Recommendations (three)
  • Non-native English speakers – English language proficiency

*The GRE is not required.

Get detailed information about these application materials, the MyGrad application and the fee waiver request process