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Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Dietetics

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Admission and 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.

The priority application deadline for the MS in HND for Fall 2020 was March 1, 2020. Acceptance after the priority deadline is only granted if space in the program is available. The final application deadline for Fall 2020 is July 1, 2020.

The Spring 2021 application cycle opens June 1. The priority deadline for Spring 2021 is October 1, 2020. The final deadline is December 1, 2020.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any discipline with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit the following: 

  • 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
    • MSU Denver official transcripts do not need to be requested
  • Personal statement essay (submitted within Graduate Admission Application). 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?
  • Resume (submitted within Graduate Admission Application)
  • Contact information (phone and email) for three (3) professional and/or academic references (submitted within Graduate Admission Application)
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 (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)

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 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.

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