Department of Nutrition
Frequently Asked Questions
MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics
No, we do not require the GRE for the MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics.
There is not an "all online" option. The MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics is offered as a hybrid program which includes both online content and face-to-face meeting sessions for each course.
If you don't have a 3.0 GPA from your undergraduate degree, you can still apply to our program. You may be able to be "admitted with requirements." Requirements to stay in the program include maintaining a 3.0 GPA your first semester of courses.
We accept students for both full-time and part-time tracks.
Students enrolled in the full-time option will:
- complete all required courses within a 2 year timeframe
- enroll in approximately 7-12 credit hours per semester, or 3-6 credit hours per 8-week term
- focus on up to 2 courses maximum during each 8-week term
Students enrolled in the part-time option will:
- complete all required courses within a 3 year timeframe
- enroll in approximately 3-7 credit hours per semester, or 1-4 credit hours per 8-week term
- focus on 1 course at a time or up to 2 courses maximum during each 8-week term
Yes, we accept students for fal and spring start dates for the MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Applications deadlines can be found on the website for the current application cycle.
If I am accepted to the program but can't start taking classes in the semester I am accepted for, can I defer my acceptance to a different semester?
Yes, you can. Your application for admission and all application material received by the University will be valid for up to two semesters beyond the term of application. This means, for example, that if you are accepted for a fall semester start date but choose to not attend in fall semester, you can defer your start date to spring or summer semester. After this time, files will no longer be maintained for applicants who are accepted but did not enroll for more than two semesters. Applicants wishing to attend and be accepted into the program after that period must submit a new application/application materials along with an application fee.
You can expect to hear from us within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline. After your application is submitted, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Department of Nutrition at 303-615-0990.
Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science
No, we do not require the GRE for the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science.
Students admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science are non-degree seeking students. Non-degree seeking students do not qualify for financial aid.
The number of continuing education credits varies based upon your profession and the credentials you hold. For example, according to the Commission on Dietetic Registration, Registered Dietitians can earn 15 CPEU's for each 1 semester of academic credit taken.
There is not an "all online" option. The Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science is offered as a hybrid program which includes both online content and face-to-face meeting sessions for each course.
The face-to-face portion of courses in the Graduate Certificate program are typically offered in evenings on weekdays or during the daytime on weekend days.
If you don't have a 3.0 GPA from your undergraduate degree, you can still apply to our program. You may be able to be admitted provsionally. Provisional admission status means that you cannot apply for or receive financial aid until the provisional status is removed. Removal of provisional admission status can be removed via a written request to the Nutrition Graduate Program Director after at least one semester of coursework is completed with at least a 3.0 GPA.
Can I transfer my Graduate Certificate coursework into the MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics program?
Yes, you can! Students accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science take 12 credits of graduate level coursework in the program. All 12 of these credits may also be applied to the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics degree. However, to transfer from the Grad Certificate program to the MS in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, students must re-apply and pay a new application fee in order to become degree seeking. Completing coursework as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission into a degree program.
Yes, we accept students for fall, spring, and summer start dates for the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science. Applications deadlines are as follows:
- Priority deadline: March 1
- Regular deadline: July 1
- Priority deadline: August 1
- Regular deadline: December 1
- Priority deadline: January 1
- Regular deadline: May 1
Interns enrolled in the Dietetic Internship must abide by all professional standards and polices outlined within the Dietetic Internship Handbook. In addition, interns must pass drug screening and criminal background checks. The program has a zero tolerance for all illegal drugs, including marijuana, even though recreational marijuana is considered legal in Colorado. Random drug screenings may be requested by the Dietetic Internship director or preceptors. More information can be found in the Dietetic Internship handbook.
MSU Denver requires that all incoming interns have:
- measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine or evidence of titers
- Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine or evidence of titers
- Tdap vaccine/booster within the past 10 years
- varicella vaccinations or positive antibody titer
- TB test (Mantoux)
- flu shot
More information can be found within the Dietetic Internship handbook.