Medical Nutrition, MS

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The Master of Science in medical nutrition provides medical students, medical professionals, and those who are planning to apply to professional school a path toward building their knowledge and expertise in the nutritional sciences. With this degree, you can better understand how nutrition and health care intersect.

This MS program in medical nutrition is designed for current and future health care professionals, including gap-year students, those who have completed their bachelor's degree but have not yet secured admission to medical, veterinary, dental, osteopathic, physician assistant or similar schools; and for current medical students, residents, fellows and practitioners in the aforementioned fields who seek to develop a strong knowledge base in the nutritional sciences and its application in the health care field.

Students develop competence in nutritional biochemistry and its application in health maintenance, the treatment of disease and disease prevention. Training in therapeutic diets, nutrition guidelines and supplement and functional food usage is integrated into coursework and culminating experiences. Self-directed learning using evidence-based nutrition research and case studies is emphasized, and students develop interpretive expertise and nutritional assessment techniques to use in clinical practice. Proficiency in reading and interpreting nutrition research is a key program goal.

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Medical Nutrition, MS

Plan of study

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GRE Waiver

The MS in medical nutrition program no longer requires GRE scores as part of an application.  Please email CHSGrad@asu.edu after submitting your application to request a GRE waiver.

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, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

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. GRE scores
  4. three letters of recommendation
  5. one page personal statement
  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.

The letters of recommendation should be from previous instructors or professors.

The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • a minimum GPA of 3.20 in an awarded bachelor's degree in nutrition from an Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program
  • a minimum GPA of 3.50 in an awarded bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • submission of MCAT, DAT or other professional school entrance examination scores
  • currently a licensed medical or health professional (e.g., physician, physician assistant, dentist, physical therapist, registered dietitian)

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