Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Prerequisites for Admission to the Graduate Program

Prerequisite Courses

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.


Required Prerequisite Courses for MS or PhD Minimum Semester Hours

Chemistry General: 6 Credit hours
Organic: 3 Credit hours
Physiological/Biochemistry  3 Credit hours
Introductory Nutrition 3 Credit hours
Physiology 3 Credit hours
Statistics 3 Credit hours

For more information on Graduate Courses and Program Requirements please be sure to look at the most current Graduate Catalog.


For more information on applying to the university as a graduate student, please go the Office of Graduate and International Admission website.

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