MSU Denver

Admission Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Full program acceptance requires prerequisite coursework with a grade of C- or higher in:

  • Chemistry
  • Organic and biological chemistry (minimum of 1 semester combined)
  • Anatomy and physiology (the equivalent of 6 credit hours)
  • Upper division human nutrition course with macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism as the focus of the course (minimum of 3 credit hours)
  • Medical nutrition therapy (minimum of 3 credits of a combined medical nutrition therapy I and II or equivalent)

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 or email [email protected] to request an appointment.

If you are interested in completing your prerequisites at MSU Denver, the Prerequisites for a Nutrition Graduate Program (PNUT) is an undergraduate program that allows you to complete prerequisites for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics or the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science.

For sample degree completion plans that incorporate the nutrition prerequisite courses, please visit our Curriculum and Degree Completion page.


Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Students can be accepted into the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program for either a Fall or Spring start term.

The Fall Application Cycle opened on November 1, 2021.

For Fall 2022, the priority deadline is March 1, 2022. Acceptance after the priority deadline is only granted if space in the program is available. The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is June 1, 2022.

The Spring Application Cycle Opens on June 1, 2022.

For Spring 2023, the priority deadline is October 1, 2022.  Acceptance after the priority deadline is only granted if space in the program is available. The final application deadline for Spring 2023 is December 1, 2022. 

Application Information

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:

  1. Complete the online Graduate Admission Application
  2. Submit a $50 non-refundable fee online
  3. Submit Official Transcripts directly from all colleges and universities attended to Graduate Admissions at [email protected]
    *MSU Denver official transcripts do not need to be requested
  4. Submit a personal statement essay. The personal statement must be limited to 500 words and answer only the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics?
    • This is a very rigorous program, please provide examples of your academic and/or professional experience that have prepared you to handle a rigorous graduate program.
    • What are your short and long-term goals as they relate to the Master of Science Nutrition and Dietetics Program?
  5. Submit a resume
  6. Submit contact information for three (3) professional and/or academic references
    • Please see Reference Suggestions section below for more information

Throughout the application materials, students are encouraged to highlight diversity and/or life experiences that will benefit the profession and their success in a graduate program.

Examples of diversity and/or life experiences include but are not limited to first-generation status, racial-ethnic diversity, working with diverse populations, bilingual skills and/or other unique life experiences that highlight overcoming adversity. 

Reference Suggestions

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.

Application Review Process

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.

MSND Prerequisite Snapshot

Regular Admission with Requirements

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.

Transfer Student Admission

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.

Prior Learning Credit

In general, no credit is given for prior learning experience derived from employment or other life experience.

International Student Admission

Additional documentation is required for international graduate applicants. In addition to the application requirements listed above, international applicants must:

  • obtain a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT), or 6. 5 on the IELTS
  • submit the required immigration documents for issuance of an I-20

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 ( or Educational Perspectives ( are recommended professional transcript evaluation service providers.

Please also visit the International Student Admissions webpage at

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.