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Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

Admission Mission Statement

The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology is committed to training clinical and research leaders in dietetics, nutrition, and metabolism investigations. Our programs impart knowledge in a culture that fosters teamwork, professionalism, and compassion, producing exceptional graduates who are prepared to improve the lives of all members of our society. To achieve these aims, we admit individuals from a broad variety of backgrounds and experiences who display academic excellence, community service, and leadership potential. NUIP evaluates applicants on a wide range of criteria, including academic performance, personal statements, life experiences, and extracurricular activities. Using this holistic admissions process, we strive to recruit a diverse class of students and create a dynamic learning environment that prepares graduates to serve all sectors of our communities.

Learn more about our department's efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive climate. 

Diversity and Inclusion


To be eligible to apply to the ACEND accredited Coordinated Master's Program, students must have completed a bachelor's degree (in any discipline) and completed all the required prerequisites.

Application Deadline


 February 15th 11:59 PM | Mountain Time

How to Apply

The CMP program begins Fall semester and the application deadline for matriculation is February 15th. The selection committee meets in March with notification of acceptance/non-acceptance issued by April 5th.

Submit your application online using Slate portal



Ensure all professional memberships, professional publications and conference paper presentations, internship experiences, and civic/volunteer activities are included on your CV. 


500 word statement describing your motivation for becoming a registered dietitian. Include autobiographical information related to past growth or future potential, relevant experience, volunteer or work experience with medically underserved populations, leadership positions in a volunteer or work setting, and a supporting statement of how the degree will help you achieve your professional goals.


Three academic recommendations are highly recommended, however, 2 academic and 1 professional is accepted. 

Add recommendation providers at the beginning of your application process, to provide an ample amount of time for submission before the application deadline. You will provide the names and contact information for the individuals who will submit letters of recommendation in support of your application. Slate will contact each recommender via email with further instructions LoR(s) due by the application deadline, February 15th. No LoR will be accepted after February 15th.


List all required courses completed prior to the beginning of the program. Also, enter prerequisite equivalency with any additional details, and the specific prerequisite course requirement this fulfills. If you are interested in the Sports Nutrition Concentration, then complete the Exercise Physiology prerequisite prior to admission to the CMP.

Equivalent courses from accredited institutions are accepted. To confirm course equivalency, contact Jean Zancanella, CMP advisor, at for a transcript review. 

  • Starting in the Fall of 2022, the CMP will no longer enroll students into the Sports Nutrition and Nutrition Education Research concentrations. Instead, students will have the opportunity to choose their concentration after admission into the program. Advising will be provided to students in the Fall of their first year to guide this decision.


Test of Spoken English (TSE), is required only for those whose native language is not English. Test dates must fall within two years of submitting your application and paying your application fee to be valid. The Admission Office cannot use expired test scores to evaluate the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 or higher
  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher

Enter your scores in the "Test Scores" application section. Your scores are verified by international admission when they receive the official scores

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam - arrange for your most recent scores to be sent electronically to the University of Utah (School code: 4853). Department code is not necessary. The TOEFL score is preferred but we also accept the IELTS test scores. IELTS scores must be sent to your testing center to the University of Utah, Admission Office electronically.

Find out more on how applicants can demonstrate English proficiency


A copy from each Institution attended must be uploaded in the "Academic History" section of the Slate portal. All transcripts submitted with your application are considered unofficial and are used for initial admissions evaluation only. If you are admitted to the University of Utah, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the end of your first semester of enrollment. Students will not be permitted to continue their enrollment until all official transcripts are received by the Office of Admissions. 

  •    Admission Office (801) 581-8761 
  •    University of Utah Admissions Office, 201 S. 1460 E. RM 250-S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057


The Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah awards scholarships and other forms of financial aid (teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, and other funding types) on a competitive basis. Incoming students (those who are in the process of applying) must complete the financial support questions in the "Additional Materials" section of the Slate portal during the application process. The financial support questions will then be evaluated by the selection committee during the admissions application review process. Notification of scholarship/financial aid recipients will be included within acceptance letters. Please note that answering the financial support questions will make you eligible to be considered for all NUIP scholarships/financial aid.

View all available scholarships.


For additional information about the graduate application process, visit the the University of Utah Graduate School website

Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP)

The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology offers an Individual Supervised Practice Pathway for doctoral degree holders to fulfill supervised practice hours in an ACEND accredited program.


Individuals who are interested in the ISPP pathway should contact Kristine Jordan, PhD, RD at or (801) 585-3218. 

Students should apply using the University of Utah’s electronic application system, Slate, at  The Following are required:

  1. A minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  2. Transcripts from each Institution attended, must be uploaded in the "Academic History" section of the Slate portal.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from instructors and/or employers
  4. Assessment of prior learning: Applicants submit their transcripts, a resume, and any additional information on their work experience to the program director. The program director and the academic advisor evaluate the candidate’s prior learning to determine any coursework that is required as part of the ISPP pathway. 
  5. Personal statement of approximately 500 words indicating goals for the supervised practice experience and why the student desires eligibility for the registration examination for dietitians
  6. Applications are due April 15 for Fall semester and September 15 for Spring semester.


Contact Us

Jean Zancanella

CMP Graduate Advisor

Carisse Winegar

Program Manager - Academics

Nutrition and Integrative Physiology