Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree (nutrition or science is recommended) from a regionally accredited institution. Students who are pursuing the Master of Science in nutritional science need to complete the following prerequisites: anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, general chemistry with lab, general nutrition for majors, microbiology, organic chemistry with lab, and statistics.

These courses are part of the ASU didactic program in dietetics required for ASU's BS degree in dietetics and to be eligible to apply for admission into an accredited dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian. If an applicant has completed a didactic program in dietetics from another university, these prerequisites are considered complete. Prerequisite courses can be in progress when the student submits the application; however, if the student is accepted into the Master of Science degree program, all prerequisites must be completed before the program begins in the fall semester.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A" in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. resume
  4. personal statement
  5. three letters of recommendation
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

A resume that summarizes the academic, research, volunteer and employment experiences of the applicant needs to be submitted with the graduate admission application.

A personal statement that includes the following must be submitted with the graduate admission application:

  1. a description of the applicant's significant professional responsibilities
  2. the applicant's professional goals and the reasons for the desire to enroll in ASU's program
  3. the applicant's strengths that will allow the applicant success in the program and in reaching professional goals
  4. the applicant's personal research interests, described as specifically as possible and including any previous research experience, along with indication of any interest in being considered for the optional track in sports nutrition or maternal child health

Three letters of recommendation are required, including at least one from an instructor at the applicant's undergraduate school. Letters of recommendation can be submitted with the graduate admission online application.

Finalists for admission are interviewed.

Degree requirements

30 credit hours and a thesis, or
30 credit hours and a thesis - Maternal Child Health Track, or
30 credit hours and a thesis - Sports Nutrition Track, or
30 credit hours including the required applied project course (NTR 593)

Required Core (3 credit hours)
EXW 501 Research Statistics (3) or
NTR 502 Statistics in Research (3)

Restricted Electives (9 or 12 credit hours)
NTR 501 Research Methods in Nutrition (3)
NTR 503 Designing Health Behavior Change Interventions (3)
NTR 524 Chronic Inflammation and Metabolic Syndrome: The Common Pathway for Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes (3)
NTR 525 Complementary Nutrition (3)
NTR 527 Policies, Environment and Obesity Prevention (3)
NTR 529 Pediatric Nutrition (3)
NTR 532 Endocrine Pathophysiology and Nutrition (3)
NTR 533 Ethics and Policy of American Diets (3)
NTR 535 Nutrigenomics (3)
NTR 537 Evidence-based Nutrition (3)
NTR 551 Geriatric Nutrition (3)
NTR 553 Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease (3)
NTR 555 Nutrition and the Athlete (3)
NTR 557 Nutritional Epidemiology (3)
NTR 598 Special Topics (3)

Open Electives or Required Track Courses (6 or 9 credit hours)

Research (3 credit hours)
NTR 500 Research Methods (3)

Culminating Experience (6 credit hours)
NTR 593 Applied Project (6) or
NTR 599 Thesis (6)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students choose three courses from the restricted electives list for a total of nine credit hours without a track. Students in the sports nutrition and maternal child health tracks complete specific course requirements for the track and complete 12 credit hours for restricted electives. Other courses may be used with approval of the academic unit. Students should consult with the program advisor.

One research methods course is required.

Certification and licensure

The College of Health Solutions prepares graduates for excellence upon entering the workplace. Since certification and licensure requirements vary by profession and from state-to-state, we recommend that you visit the ASU licensure website to determine if your program meets the requirements of individual state licensures or national certifications, as applicable. If you have specific questions, please contact your program director or degree coordinator.