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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to the MS in Nutrition?
The application for admission to the MS in Nutrition program can be accessed and submitted to the UND Graduate School at http://www.und.edu/dept/grad/ or use the link Admission/Application. Applicants create their "My GradSpace" account & apply for admission or request information.
What are the admissions requirements?
- Completion of a bachelor’s or higher degree in nutrition, dietetics or closely related field from a regionally accredited college/university. Students must have a grade of “C” or better in undergraduate courses in advanced nutrition, physiology, and biochemistry. Recency of courses will be evaluated.
- A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for all undergraduate work and a GPA of at least a 3.0 for the junior and senior years of undergraduate work (based on A=4.0).
- A graduate or undergraduate course in statistics within the last five years.
- A minimum TOEFL Score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or, for the Internet-based TOEFL, a composite score of 76. Applicants may also meet language requirements by presenting IETLS scores of 6.5.
- Students who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL.
- Meet minimum requirements for admission set by the UND Graduate School.
What is the deadline for applying?
The application deadline for Fall admission is March 15th. A complete application must be on file in the Graduate School by March 15th. However, for the Fall 2015 admissions the deadline for applying is June 1.
How many letters of recommendation are required?
Three letters of recommendation are required for admission to the graduate school.
Will I have to travel to campus during the program?
As part of N&D 596, Nutrition Education and Counseling Practicum, you are required to spend one week in Grand Forks preparing for the practicum experience.
Am I able to transfer credits?
Graduate work is considered for transfer only on an individual basis and only after the student has completed satisfactory work in residence at UND. The transfer credits are approved by the student's advisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School, up to one-fourth of the credit hours required for the Master's Degree may be considered for transfer. Courses more than seven years old cannot be transferred. See graduate student handbook for further information.
Do I need to take the GRE to apply for this program?
No, admission to the Master of Science in Nutrition does not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). However, there are several other criteria that must be met for admission: http://www.nursing.und.edu/programs/nutrition-education-counseling/admission.cfm
Do I need to re-take undergraduate statistics if I have not taken the course in the past five years before I apply for admission?
No, you can apply. However, if admission to the School of Graduate Studies is granted, you will be admitted as “qualified” student status until the admission requirement is met and then will be changed to “candidacy” student status.
Do I need to be a registered dietitian to apply?
No, but a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics or a closely related field from an accredited college/university is required.
Will I get a verification statement required to take the national exam to become a registered dietitian upon completion of the MS in Nutrition?
No, this program is not designed to meet the competency or practical experience requirements to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) exam at this time.