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Department of Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program Application Process


To apply for the Master's ONLINE option, please go to Online MSNS Application.

In-Residence MS and PHD:


Priority deadline for applications is December 1, if applying for financial support for the Fall semester, however the program will continue to accept applications through February 20.

Applicants are not required to have earned a Master’s degree to apply to the phd track.

Students who do not hold a B.S. Degree in a nutrition-related field, please see list of prerequisite courses at the end of this web page.


Step 1: Apply to the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin.  Go to ApplyTexas.

Three Letters of Reference:

When you complete the “References” portion of the online application, you will give the names and email addresses of those you have asked to recommend you.  Be sure that the email address is current and accurate.

You will be asked to inform us if you are going to waive the right to view your letters after they are submitted.  Please indicate this by answering the associated question on the application for admission.

We will send an e-mail message to the address you provide and ask your recommender to visit a web site where they can complete a questionnaire.  Your recommender will be informed if you have not waived your right to view his/her letter of recommendation.  If you have any questions, please email gradref@austin.utexas.edu

Statement of Purpose:

The ApplyTexas web application provides a space near the end of the application for your Statement of Purpose (required).

Pay Application Fee:

The application includes a fee that must be paid online or through the Admissions Center.


Step 2: After you have submitted your application you will receive an email that contains a link to the Status Check web site where you will be able to upload your transcript(s).  Upload PDF copies of official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities you have attended: all transcripts will be received electronically, please do not send paper transcripts.  For more information see How to Apply from the UT Graduate School.


Step 3:

**Due to COVID-19, the GRE Exam is optional for the incoming class of Fall 2021. Applicants that wish to turn in GRE results are welcome to do so, but the test is not required**

To send in official GRE scores Reference UT Austin code: 6882, no department code is necessary.  Scores must be sent from ETS (Educational Testing Service);

Send official TOEFL or IELTS scores: required for International students (UT Austin code: 6882).  Scores must be sent from ETS.

ETS should send your test scores to:

Graduate and International Admissions Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, Texas 78713-7608

If you hold bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL.  For more information about TOEFL scores and admission, go to:http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/test_scores.html


Application Review:

All application materials received by the Admissions Center will be available to the Nutritional Sciences Admissions Committee.

From the status check website (https://utdirect.utexas.edu/admissions/status_check.WBX). You can monitor reference requests, upload your curriculum vitae or resume, submit additional items such as publications, resend a request, add a new recommender, and revise your FERPA waiver.


Financial Support:

All admitted students are automatically considered for financial support: there is no additional form to complete.


Educational Requirements for Admission:

1. A bachelor’s degree in a nutrition related field from an accredited United States institution or proof of equivalent training at an institute outside the United States.

2. A grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division work (junior- and senior-level courses) and in any graduate work already completed.

3. **Due to COVID-19, the GRE Exam is optional for the incoming class of Fall 2021. Applicants that wish to turn in GRE results are welcome to do so, but the test is not required**

4. TOEFL exam (minimum score of 79 required) or IELTS.  http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/admissions/test_scores.html

5. Applicants should have an extensive background in nutrition or related sciences.

If you do not have a bachelor’s degree in a nutrition-related field (such as biology, biochemistry, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, pharmacy), the graduate faculty ask you to complete the courses below prior to applying for admission to our program:

* Introductory Nutrition and Laboratory
* Introductory Biology: Cell Biology
* Vertebrate Physiology
* Principles of Chemistry and Laboratory
* Organic Chemistry and Laboratory
* Biochemistry and Laboratory

For more information contact:

Tom Atchity
Graduate Coordinator – Nutritional Sciences
GEA 3.314B

Mailing Address:

Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Texas at Austin
School of Human Ecology
103 W. 24th St., Stop A2703
Austin, Texas 78712