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Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

Admission Mission Statement

The Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology is committed to training leaders in dietetics and nutrition and metabolism research. 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. Applicants are evaluated on a wide range of criteria, including academic performance, personal statements, life experiences and extracurricular activities. As a result of this holistic admissions process, we 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 departments efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive climate. 

Diversity and Inclusion

How to Apply

Prospective students must complete and submit the following:

  1. Online Application: Complete your application using the Apply Yourself portal.
  2. Statement of Purpose: 500-1000 words identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academics policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose.
  3. Professional Resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience and education history.
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation: Written by individuals with either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, such as a faculty member, current employer, mentor, or colleague.
  5. In the Comment Section: List prerequisite courses completed prior to the beginning of the program and indicate you are applying for the MS Online.
  6. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The GRE is encouraged, but not required.
  7. Proof of English Language Proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language.
  8. Transcripts: 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 

   University of Utah Admissions Office, 201 S. 1460 E. RM 250-S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9057

Application Deadline


International Admission: JANUARY 1st                                                 

•Upon successful completion and submission of application, inform for review. 

Domestic Admission: FEBRUARY 15th 

    Send inquiry to the Director of MS Online, Katherine Beals  by NOVEMBER 15th


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: 
BIOL 1610 Principles of Biology 4
BIOL 2420 Human Physiology 4
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 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

Expenses and Tuition

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: 

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


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


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


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.


Katherine Beals, PhD, RD, FACSM, CSSD

Director of Online Master's Program, Associate Professor (Clinical) - Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

Carisse Winegar

Administrative Assistant - Academic Affairs