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    Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. A GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework (plus any previously completed graduate or professional work) is required. While a major in nutrition, food science, or a related discipline is preferred, approximately half of our graduate students do not have a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition. If you were not a Nutrition or Food Science major as an undergraduate, the courses listed below must be completed before applying to our graduate program.
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MS in Human Nutrition Class of Spring 2016
    Applicants that were not Nutrition Majors for the bachelor’s degree must complete the following courses before their application will be considered.  Laboratory sections should accompany each course:
  • Introductory Nutrition
  • Introductory Biology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Two semesters of introductory chemistry
  • At least one course in organic chemistry
  • One course in biochemistry
Domestic applicants who were not Nutrition majors as undergraduates should also take the following three courses before applying; but will be considered for conditional admission prior to completion of the following courses. If conditionally admitted, the following courses must be taken as “leveling courses” during the first semester of graduate coursework. The undergraduate course numbers are listed in parentheses below.  Students who have completed all the courses listed below will be given preference for admission over those who have not:
  • NUTR 5300 - Food Science (NUTR 2362)
  • NUTR 5300 - Biochemical Nutrition (NUTR 4361)
  • NUTR 5300 - Nutrition in the Life Span (NUTR 4365)

Watch a video on how to complete these many of courses quickly with many at a local community college. Note: Lifespan Nutrition is not included in this video. This course is included in the spreadsheet below. Please use the spreadsheet when planning your courses for admission.

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Due to changes in Visa requirements, international applicants are no longer eligible for conditional admission. If you are an international applicant that is interested in our program, the two nutrition courses listed above as well as the other courses listed above for non-science majors, may be completed as a non-degree seeking student at Texas State University.
To determine if your courses match those at Texas State University check the Transfer Course Equivalency System.
To apply to take the above undergraduate courses at Texas State, prior to applying to the graduate program in Nutrition, check  non-degree programs
We do not require the GRE. We do require all college and university transcripts, a one-page resume, a statement of purpose, and three letters of reference. The statement of purpose should discuss your interest in the field of nutrition, your professional goal(s), what makes you the best match or our graduate program, and why you are interested in our program. The letters of reference should address your preparation for and ability to succeed in graduate school. The letters should be from professors or other professionals in the fields of Nutrition, Dietetics, or the biomedical sciences. All documents must be submitted electronically by following the instructions via the "apply for admission" link below. Documents must be received before the application deadlines indicated though the link below.
Our program has firm application deadlines. Applicants that meet the priority deadline will be given funding preference.
To apply to the combined MS/DI please apply to BOTH the MS and DI by the priority deadline.

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