Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

How to Apply to the Nutrition Graduate Program

The next application deadline for admission to Fall 2020 is- JANUARY 15, 2020

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.

How to Apply–

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

To do this, go to the Graduate School website at   It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all materials are submitted by the posted deadlines.

The online 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 by phone (865) 974-3251 or email at: If your technical difficulties are not resolved through the Graduate Admissions Office, additional questions may be directed to the nutrition department at

The Department of Nutrition website has a listing of prerequisite classes applicants need.  If you lack any of the prerequisites, you should have them completed by the time you submit your application.

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)

In some cases, some prerequisites may be completed before the student arrives on campus as long as the course is comparable to the prerequisite. Decisions are considered case by case.

The GRE score is also required. While the GRE is not the only requirement the selection committees review, an average cumulative score under the old format should be at least 1000, while the new format average cumulative score should be at least 300 with a GPA minimum of about 3.0.

For more information:

What you will be asked to submit in your online Graduate School and Nutrition Department Application

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 on the Graduate School website.

GRE Scores
GRE scores are required by the department.  You can self-report your scores by entering the scores in the Nutrition application.  GRE scores are 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-
If you are applying to the Public Health Nutrition Graduate Program, you must review Public Health Nutrition faculty profiles on the department’s website prior to submitting your online application. When you complete your online application, you will be asked to list 3 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.
Faculty profiles and contact information can be found at:

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:

Applicants should also adhere to Graduate Admission deadlines when submitting their materials.

International applicants should adhere to Graduate School deadlines. TOEFL or IELTS information can also be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

To be considered for an assistantship, you must meet the January 15th deadline to be eligible for consideration for the following academic year. Should January 15 fall on the weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday.  Awards of financial assistance will begin to be announced in early to 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.

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” above.)

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.  For more information see:
Questions about the Master of Science degree with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition can be sent to the department’s email address at

Questions that apply to the Master in Public Health can be directed to




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