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Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition Science

Promoting Health through Advanced Nutrition Study


Admission and Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

The priority application deadline for the Grad Certificate for Spring 2021 is October 1, 2020. Acceptance after the priority deadline is only granted if space in the program is available. The final application deadline for Spring 2021 is December 1, 2020.

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.

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 gradtranscripts@msudenver.edu
          *MSU Denver official transcripts do not need to be requested
Program Prerequisites**

**Prerequisites for the Grad Certificate program will be changing in Fall 2021. If you plan to start the Grad Certificate program in Fall 2021 or later, please review the future prerequisite changes below.

Spring 2021 Prerequisite Requirements:

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 (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)

Students must complete all but 2 prerequisites prior to their start term in the Grad Certificate program. Please see section "Regular Admission with Requirements" section below for more information.

**Fall 2021 Prerequisite Requirements:

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)

Starting Fall 2021, students must have all science prerequisites (chemistry, organic and biological chemistry, anatomy and physiology) completed prior to their entry term in the Grad Certificate program. The upper division human nutrition course and medical nutrition therapy course are the only two prerequisites that can be completed after starting the Grad Certificate 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. 

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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