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Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

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Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

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

For Fall 2021, the priority deadline is March 1, 2021. Acceptance after the priority deadline is only granted if space in the program is available. The final application deadline for Fall 2021 is June 1, 2021.

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*Starting in Fall 2021, the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics will be changing its name to the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

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
          *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: 
    1. Why are you interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics?
    2. Why do you want to complete a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Metropolitan State University of Denver?
    3. What do you intend to do with your degree?
  5. Submit a resume
  6. Submit contact information for three (3) professional and/or academic references 

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 MS in HND program. The upper division human nutrition course and medical nutrition therapy course are the only two prerequisites that can be completed after starting the MS in HND 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.

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 ā€œCā€ 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.

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