Application requirements and steps for the M.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics

As a potential applicant, you should review this admissions information before you apply.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program, you need to meet the following requirements.

  • Bachelor's degree with completion of prerequisite courses

Subject areaMinimum credit hoursComparable IU courses
Human anatomy (with lab)5BIOL-N 261
Human physiology (lab preferred)3BIOL-N 217
Statistics or Research Methods3PSY-B 305, STAT-I 350, or PBHL-S 349
Organic Chemistry3CHEM-C 341
Undergraduate biochemistry (with lab; strongly recommended, not required)5BIOL-K 384
Microbiology (with lab)3 & 2BIOL-K 356 & BIOL-K 357
Human Nutrition (300 level or above with a science prerequisite)3NTRD-N 265, NTRD-N 365, OR NTRD-N 420

For courses completed in 2020–21, online courses will be accepted due to conditions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Read the prerequisite course descriptions to make sure your prerequisites are a suitable match.

*Online courses with labs will be accepted for these prerequisites. Any combination of these course subjects will be allowed but must be covered.

You will be asked on the IU CAS application to indicate your progress toward completing each prerequisite. Although it is preferable that you only have one yet-to-be-completed course at the time of application, you are still encouraged to apply to the program if you have completed at least four of the seven prerequisites. The Nutrition and Dietetics admission team will recommend how you can meet the outstanding prerequisites. All outstanding prerequisites must be finished before starting the program.

The required courses must be completed with a grade of B- (80 percent) or higher. In some cases, an official course description or syllabus may be requested to ensure the course you completed aligns with the required MS prerequisites.

If you have an outstanding prerequisite course, it too must be completed with a grade of B- or higher. A final transcript indicating successful completion of the prerequisite is required prior to matriculation into the program.

  • Completed—or will complete—your undergraduate bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university, college or foreign equivalent as determined by a recognized credentialing agency, before your intended fall start date.
  • Earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Transfer of graduate credit

Application deadlines are January 1 for early admission and May 1 for regular admission in the fall semester.

Application instructions

  1. Obtain a copy of your Commission on Dietetic Registration RD credential, if applicable.
  2. Craft a personal statement, including your career aspirations. Tips for writing are included on the graduate application page.
  3. Plan to secure three letters of recommendation (not a relative). You will need the names and email addresses of your submitters for the IU CAS application. Please make your recommenders aware of your application and deadline, and give them three to four weeks to prepare. They will be sent a link to submit the letters.
  4. Request unofficial transcripts from all universities attended. If offered admission into the program, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended before starting the program.
  5. Be prepared to pay the IU CAS application fee.
  6. GRE test scores not required. 

Information for international students

In addition to the requirements above, international applicants must follow the international application process and admission standards of the Office of International Affairs.

To earn admissions as an international applicant you must also meet these program requirements:

  • If you are a non-native English speaker, you must meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency.
  • Applicants who complete coursework outside of the United States must have their official foreign transcripts evaluated and translated by an approved independent educational evaluating service based in the United States at their own expense. The evaluation should establish a degree equivalent and course-by-course equivalent for all foreign coursework.

Minimum requirements for English proficiency

The test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) test is used and you must meet the following scores for each sub-section and total.

  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 26
  • Writing: 24

Approved evaluation services

International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Phone: 310-258-9451

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: 305-273-1616

World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
PO Box 745
New York, NY 10113-0745
Phone: 212-966-6311
World Education Services

Support for transcript services is available for international applicants.