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Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science

Promoting Health through Advanced Nutrition Study


Admission and Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

Priority applications for Spring 2020 are due August 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after the August 1 deadline. The final application deadline for Spring 2020 is December 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. The following items must be submitted to apply:

  • Completed online Graduate Admission Application
  • $50 non-refundable fee (Submitted online)
  • Official Transcripts sent directly from all colleges and universities attended to Graduate Admissions (can be mailed or emailed to gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu)
    • MSU Denver official transcripts do not need to be requested 
Program Prerequisites

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

  • Introductory statistics
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Organic and biological chemistry (minimum of 1 semester combined)
  • Anatomy and physiology (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)
Regular Admission with Requirements

Acceptance into the program may be granted if a student is lacking up to six (6) credits of prerequisite coursework. Students lacking prerequisite coursework must successfully complete the required course(s) with a grade of C- or higher within one year o 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 Students

For the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science, students may transfer in up to three (3) 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.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

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 and 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. Students accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science may take up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework in the program. These credits may also be applied to the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics degree.

Prior Learning Assessment

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


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