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MS - How to Apply

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To apply for the Master of Science in Nutrition, you must first apply and be accepted into the Idaho State University Graduate School.

On the graduate school application, please indicate your program intent to pursue a Masters of Science in Nutrition. Once it is determined that you meet the general requirements for graduate studies at ISU, your application will be forwarded to Dietetic Programs for review and admission decision into this program.

The combined MS/DI program employs a different admission process.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements for the ISU Graduate School, admission requirements for the MS in Nutrition, include:

  • BS in Dietetics, Food and Nutrition, or other related disciplines from a college or university regionally accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a school in another country
  • Resume or CV
  • GPA—at least a cumulative of 3.0
  • GRE test results: 40th percentile on at least one area of the GRE
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your academic or employment performance (these are submitted electronically through the online graduate school application)
  • Personal statement on why you want to pursue MS degree (maximum 750 words)

Application Process

The MS in Nutrition employs a rolling admissions process. Thus, students may start either fall, spring or summer semester.  Please note the specific admission dates provided by the graduate school for each of these semesters, as well as for international students.

  • Step 1: Review the materials required to apply for both the ISU Graduate School and MS Nutrition. If you have not already, take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Step 2: Create an account
  • Step 3: Request official transcripts and letters of recommendation
  • Step 4: Write your personal statement
  • Step 5: Complete and submit your application
  • Step 6: Please check on the status of your application and follow up, as needed. Confirm that your official transcripts and letters of recommendation have been sent to ISU. Ask if you need to do anything to make sure all of the required materials are received by the graduate school.

The application is not routed to the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics for an admission decision until all of the application materials are received by the graduate school and your admission to the graduate school is confirmed.

International Graduate Students

In addition to department/program requirements and the ISU Graduate School admission requirements, there are additional admission requirements for international applicants.

Non-degree seeking student?

Students wishing to take MS Nutrition classes who do not seek to earn the degree, may do so with the permission of the course instructor. All non-degree seeking students wishing to take courses must first be admitted to the ISU Graduate School.