Admission and Application Requirements

Admission Policy for the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program:

Students in this program earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree at graduation. Current matriculating MSU Denver undergraduate students may apply to the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program after completing at least 75 credits and during or after the completion of NUT 3150 and NUT 3160.

Once admitted, a student may enroll in undergraduate and graduate courses provided prerequisites have been completed for the respective courses.

Information about Deadlines

For Fall 2022, the priority deadline is March 1, 2022. Acceptance after the priority deadline is only granted if space in the program is available. The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is June 1, 2022.

Application Requirements

To apply for the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program, the following items must be submitted/completed:

  • Completed online Graduate Admission Application
  • $50 non-refundable fee (Submitted online)
  • Personal statement essay (submitted within Graduate Admission Application). The personal statement must be limited to 500 words and answer only the following questions:
    1. Using your own words, please explain your understanding of the 3+2 Nutrition and Dietetics Program and the work it entails.
    2. How do you plan to stay motivated and balance the demands of rigorous graduate coursework? Please provide examples.
    3. What are your short term and long term goals as they relate to the 3+2 Nutrition and Dietetics Program?
  • Resume (submitted within Graduate Admission Application)
  • Contact information (phone and email) for three (3) professional and/or academic references (submitted within Graduate Admission Application)

Additionally, to be fully admitted to the 3+2 program, students must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a “B” or better in NUT 3150 and NUT 3160.

Throughout the application materials, students are encouraged to highlight diversity and/or life experiences that will benefit the profession and their success in a graduate program.

Examples of diversity and/or life experiences include but are not limited to first-generation status, racial-ethnic diversity, working with diverse populations, bilingual skills and/or other unique life experiences that highlight overcoming adversity. 

Additional Program Prerequisites

Beyond the completion of NUT 3150 and NUT 3160, full program acceptance also requires the completion of the following prerequisite coursework with a grade of C- or higher in:

  • Introductory statistics
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Organic and biological chemistry with lab (minimum of 1 semester combined)
  • Anatomy and physiology (equivalent of 6 credit hours)

Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applicants will be notified via email of their application status. Applicants may be accepted, accepted with conditions, waitlisted, or denied admission.

If a student applies to the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program, but does not receive admittance into the program, the student can complete a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Regular Admission with Requirements

Acceptance with requirements may be granted if a student is registered for NUT 3150 and NUT 3160. Students must successfully complete NUT 3150 and NUT 3160 with a grade of B or better for full 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 Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program.

Transfer Students

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 “C” and have been completed within 5 years of admission to the program.

Prior Learning Assessment

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


Students not enrolled for three (3) consecutive semesters, including summer, must reapply to the University. Students requesting readmission must be in good academic standing and must submit their application for readmission to the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program in which they have been enrolled.