MSU Denver

About this Program

The Prerequisites for a Nutrition Graduate Program (PNUT) is an undergraduate program that allows you to complete prerequisites for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics or the Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science.


Graduate 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)

MSU Denver Course Information

*CHE 1100 Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): MTH 1109 or MTH 1110 or MTH 1111 or MTH 1112 or a College Level Math (CLM) score of greater than or equal to 65 on the Accuplacer Exam or an Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) score of greater than or equal to 280 on the Accuplacer Exam
**BIO 2310 Prerequisite: BIO 1080 and BIO 1090 or Permission of instructor


MSND Prerequisite Snapshot

Students must have all science prerequisites (chemistry, organic and biological chemistry, anatomy and physiology) completed prior to their entry term in the MSND or Graduate 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 MSND or Graduate 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.

Application Requirements

If you are planning to take undergraduate courses as prerequisites for our graduate program you will select the undergraduate (bachelor’s level) application type.

Once the application has been started, you will select ‘Prerequisites for a Graduate Program’. This option is listed under the type of program you are interested in.

Here are the steps to complete an application:

  1. Complete the online Undergraduate Admissions Application
  2. Submit a $50 non-refundable fee online; use waiver code ‘VeggieNinja’ to bypass the application fee
  3. Submit Official Transcripts directly from all college and universities attended to Graduate Admissions at [email protected]
    *MSU Denver official transcripts do not need to be requested

Application Deadline

If you are interested in completing prerequisites during the Spring 2023 semester at MSU Denver, the deadline to apply is January 17th!

Financial Aid

As this program is at the undergraduate level, students can be eligible for financial aid assistance. A completed FAFSA application must be submitted. Undergraduate students must remain enrolled in a minimum of 6 undergraduate credit hours to be eligible for financial aid. This may include prerequisites courses and DPD courses.

More information on financial aid information can be found on the MSU Denver Financial Aid website.

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Department of Nutrition


Office Location:
West Classroom 240

Office Hours:
8:00am – 5:00pm

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Nutrition
Campus Box 33N
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362