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Application and Admission

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

Requirements

This program is tailored to working professionals who possess an R.D. credential. This program can also be pursued on a part time basis to accommodate working / professional commitments of enrolled graduate students. However, it should be completed within 4 years. Students pursuing the Online MS program will complete either 6 credits hours of NUIP 6970 Thesis Research, or 6-credit hours of NUIP 6900 Directed Nutrition Research for the focused area of study project, coordinated by the Director of the Online MS program.

38 minimum credits required, with 6 minimum credits must be from NUIP 6970 thesis research or NUIP 6900 directed nutrition research.

To be considered for admission to the program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in a health-related field from a regionally-accredited university or college with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of credit work.
  • Biology, General Chemistry (2 semesters), General Chemistry laboratory, Organic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry laboratory, Biochemistry, and Physiology.
  • Two courses in nutrition (one course being Advanced Nutrition)

Application Deadline

FALL SEMESTER ADMISSION:
   

International Admission: JANUARY 1st                                                 

•Upon successful completion and submission of application, inform nutrition@health.utah.edu for review. 

Domestic Admission: FEBRUARY 15th 

SPRING ADMISSION:
    Send inquiry to the Director of MS Online, Katherine Beals katherine.beals@hsc.utah.edu  by NOVEMBER 15th

How to Apply

NUIP has a rolling admission process and will accept applications at any time for either fall or spring semester entry. To be guaranteed admission for the fall semester, however, prospective students should submit a complete application prior to January 1st

REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

GRADUATE APPLICATION FOR THE UNIVERISTY OF UTAH

Complete your application using the ApplyYourself portal

CURRICULUM VITAE or RESUME

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

500-1000 words identifying your educational goals, interests, long-term career goals, and any research experience

THREE (3) ACADEMIC LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (LoR)

LoR due by application deadline

All letters of recommendation must be posted on an official Institution letterhead with a hand written signature from recommendation provider

Written by individuals with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague

COMMENT SECTION

In the comment section, list prerequisite courses completed prior to the beginning of the program and indicate you are applying for the MS Online program

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST SCORES (TOEFL or IELTS)

Test of Spoken English (TSE), required ONLY for those whose native language is not English

Enter your scores in "Additional 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 ETS to send your most recent scores 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 for your testing center to the University of Utah, Admission Office electronically

Find out more on how applicants can demonstrate English proficiency

TRANSCIPTS 

A copy from each Institution attended, must be uploaded in the "Post Submission" section of ApplyYourself portal. Unofficial transcripts are accepted in the "Post Submission" section. All official transcripts are sent to and processed by the Admission Office:

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

OPTIONAL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

LETTER OF SUPPORT

Obtain letter from NUIP faculty mentor expressing a willingness to support the candidate's research and stipend. Once letter is collected, upload it in the "Post Submission" section of ApplyYourself portal. 

GRADUATE RECORD EXAM (GRE) (School code: 4853 Dept. code: 0214)

Taken within the past five years

SUPPORTING EVIDENCE (e.g. publications, research papers, and awards) 

Uploaded to the "Post Submission" section of ApplyYourself portal. Students may also submit via email nutrition@health.utah.edu. 

 

Financial

Online Master's Program students are required to register for approximately 18 credit hours the first year and 20 credit hours the second year, depending on the chosen course of study. Tuition rates for nutrition graduate students are available at: https://fbs.admin.utah.edu/income/tuition/general-graduate/ 

Be sure to look under Health Sciences- Nutrition as rates are different for each graduate program.

TEXTBOOKS

Approximately $500-$800 each year is spent on textbooks.

LAPTOP or DESKTOP COMPUTER

Students should have a laptop or desktop as well as a quiet place to study.

COMPUTER SOFTWARE

Most students purchase “End Note”, STATA or SPSS, spending approximately $200 on software through the University software program. Students can access Microsoft Windows, Powerpoint and Excel at no charge through the University network.

Prerequisites

To be considered for admission to the program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

  • Registered Dietitian OR 
  • A bachelor's degree in a health-related field from a regionally-accredited university or college with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of credit work and completion of the following prerequisites: 
BIOLOGY
BIOL 1610 Principles of Biology 4
BIOL 2420 Human Physiology 4
CHEMISTRY
CHEM 1210+1215 General Chemistry I + Lab 4 + 1
CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II + Lab  4 + 1
CHEM 2310+2315 Organic Chemistry I + Lab  4 + 1
CHEM 3510 Biological Chemistry I 3
MATH
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
Required for Nutrition Emphasis
NUIP 1020 or NUIP 4440 Introductory or Advanced Nutrition 3 or 4
Strongly Recommended for all Programs
BIOL 2020 Principles of Cell Biology 3
CHEM 2320+2325 Organic Chemistry II + Lab 4 + 1
CHEM 3515 Biological Chemistry Laboratory 3
CHEM 3520 Biological Chemistry II 3
WRTG 2010 Intermediate Writing: Research and Inquiry 4

CONTACT US

Katherine Beals, PhD, RD, FACSM, CSSD

Director and Advisor of Online Master's Program,

Carisse Winegar

Program Manager - Academics

NUIP

Department