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How to Apply to the Nutrition Graduate Program

Application deadline is January 15

Courses in the Department of Nutrition are offered in sequential order. For example, classes offered in the Fall are not offered in the Spring.  Because of this, applicants should submit their application materials (for Fall semester entry only) by the January deadline.

If you miss the priority deadline of January 15th, applications may be reviewed on an ongoing basis. However to be considered for an assistantship position, you must have your complete application submitted by the January 15th deadline.

To begin the application process, you will need to submit an electronic application to the University of Tennessee Graduate Admissions Office.

The nutrition department application is available and completed through the online graduate application.  Applicants are responsible for uploading all required materials to the appropriate place within the online applications. Questions regarding any technical difficulties should be initially addressed through the Graduate Admissions Office. If the technical difficulties are not resolved through the Graduate Admissions Office, additional questions may be directed to the nutrition department.

 The following prerequisite courses are required:

  • General Chemistry (6 credit hours)
  • Organic Chemistry (3 credit hours)
  • Physiological/Biochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • Physiology (3 credit hours)
  • Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • Introductory Nutrition (3 credit hours)

Nutrition prerequisites are determined on an individual basis at the time of admissions to the graduate program.  In general, however, student applicants are expected to meet the competencies associated with the following courses prior to or during graduate study in Nutrition:  chemistry, (general, organic and physiological/biochemistry), physiology, statistics, and introductory nutrition.

The GRE score is also required. While the GRE is not the only admission criterion we review, a combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 or higher and analytical writing score of 3.5 or higher is encouraged.  A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

You will need 3 professional recommendations pertinent to the program for which you are applying.  Recommendations may be submitted as a letter of recommendation on official letterhead and/or a graduate rating form. The graduate rating form is available from the Graduate School.

GRE Scores
GRE scores are required by the department.  You can self-report your scores by entering the scores in the Nutrition application.  The GRE score is good for 5 years. If you self-report your GRE scores, upon acceptance you must have your official scores sent directly to the University of Tennessee Graduate Admissions Office.

Faculty Research Match-
When you complete your application, you will be asked to list three faculty members in order of preference, which you would like to work with during your graduate studies. You are encouraged to contact the faculty members who you are interested in working with prior to submitting your online application.

Statements you will be asked to submit with your application*

  • Professional goals
  • Research interest
  • Research experience
  • Professional experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Membership and awards

*Statements should be in narrative form and are uploaded as separate word documents.

General Application Notes:

All Applicants should also adhere to Graduate School deadlines when submitting their materials. To be considered for an assistantship, you must meet the January 15th deadline to be eligible for consideration. Should January 15 fall on the weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday.  Awards of financial assistance will begin to be announced in mid-February, with final offers typically announced by late April.  Late applications will be considered in case of vacancies.  Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships offer a monthly stipend, student insurance, and tuition waiver for awardees.

Dietetic Internship
Applications for the Dietetic Internship are a separate application process. The program participates with the DICAS. The deadline application is February 15th.

DI Open House
Our program does not schedule one specific date for an open house. We are available throughout the year to meet with you. Please contact Karen Wetherall, DI Director, and she will coordinate appointments for you to meet with faculty to discuss your interests at your convenience.

DI Application Procedure
Once you have been admitted into graduate school and have submitted your DI application through DICAS the DI Selection Committee will review and rank your application. We utilize the D&D digital matching system. Please note that we do not conduct individual interviews for the DI program.

Second Round Matching Procedure
Please note that we do not participate in the national second round match after the D&D digital internship match date. Since applicants need to be admitted into graduate school prior to being accepted into the DI Program we select interns who are current graduate students to fill any open positions.

Dual MS/MPH Degree Program

Applicants must first submit an electronic application through the Graduate Admissions Office – see above application submission steps in “How to Apply”.

Applicants can apply to the Dual Degree Program when submitting the Nutrition supplemental application.  The Dual Degree Program includes a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition and a Master of Public Health degree from the Department of Public Health.