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Full program acceptance requires prerequisite coursework with a grade of C- or higher in:
Students must have all science prerequisites (chemistry, organic and biological chemistry, anatomy and physiology) completed prior to their entry term in the MSND program. The upper division human nutrition course and medical nutrition therapy course are the only two prerequisites that can be completed after starting the MSND program. The upper division human nutrition course and medical nutrition therapy course prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C- or higher within the first year of the term of acceptance into the program.
If you have multiple prerequisites to complete, please contact the Nutrition Department to speak with an advisor about the timeline for completing the necessary prerequisites and the best admission semester based on your specific course needs. You can contact the Department of Nutrition at 303-615-0990.
For sample degree completion plans that incorporate the nutrition prerequisite courses, please visit our Curriculum and Degree Completion page.
Students can be accepted into the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program for either a Fall or Spring start term.
For Spring 2022, the priority deadline is October 1, 2021. Acceptance after the priority deadline is only granted if space in the program is available. The final application deadline for Spring 2022 is December 1, 2021.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Here are the steps to complete an application:
Throughout the application, students are encouraged to demonstrate diversity and/or life experiences that will benefit the profession and their success in a graduate program.
A list of three references is required for application to the MSND Program. References should be professional or academic and should not be friends or family members. Professional or academic references include professors or instructors, employment or volunteer supervisors, or professional colleagues.
It is strongly recommended that at least one reference be a professor or instructor when possible (the committee understands that applicants who have been out of school for many years may not have professors or instructors able to provide recommendations) and it is recommended that one reference be a supervisor (employment- or volunteer-based). Professional colleagues may serve as an adequate reference if need be, however, the Admissions Committee highly values professor or instructor and supervisor references.
References should be able to speak to your academic and/or professional abilities as well as comment on your potential to succeed in graduate school and/or the field of nutrition and dietetics.
The MSU Denver Department of Nutrition faculty and/or staff will review all submitted applications for completeness. The MSND Admissions Committee, which is comprised of MSU Denver Department of Nutrition faculty and staff members, will review complete applications only. Applicants who submit incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the admissions committee and will be denied entry into the program. Transcripts that are in the process of being sent will not result in an incomplete application. Students may submit their application for the MSND program prior to all transcripts being received by the Office of Graduate Studies. The MSND Admissions Committee will receive and review all complete applications and upon the finalization of the review process*, applicants will be notified in writing of their admission status. Applicants may be: regularly admitted, regularly admitted with requirements, waitlisted or denied acceptance. Applicants regularly admitted with requirements typically have obligations to fulfill either before starting the MSND program and/or within the first semester of enrollment. Please see below for more information.
*Admissions interviews may be required during the application review process.
Acceptance into the program may be granted if a student is lacking up to 2 prerequisite courses. Students lacking prerequisite coursework must successfully complete the required course(s) with a grade of C- or higher within one year of acceptance to the program. Students with a GPA lower than a 3.0 can be accepted into the program. Students accepted into the program with a GPA lower than a 3.0 must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during the first semester of the program.
Students may transfer in up to six (6) credits of graduate level coursework from a regionally accredited university. Each transfer course must have a minimum grade of “C” and have been completed within 5 years of admission to the program.
In general, no credit is given for prior learning experience derived from employment or other life experience.
Additional documentation is required for international graduate applicants. In addition to the application requirements listed above, international applicants must:
Foreign transcripts must have an official English translation done by a certified translator, if applicable, and a professional, course-by-course evaluation showing equivalency to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. World Education Services (https://www.wes.org/) or Educational Perspectives (https://www.edperspective.org) are recommended professional transcript evaluation service providers.
Please also visit the International Student Admissions webpage at https://msudenver.edu/admissions/student-types/internationalstudents/.
International students who wish to pursue becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) should also review the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics information for International Students.