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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


The first step in obtaining entry into the NUIP doctoral program is identifying a faculty mentor. Students must ask prospective mentors for a letter of support that expresses a willingness to support the candidate’s research and stipend.

Once support is obtained, candidates must be admitted by the Graduate School and the Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nutrition, physiology, or a related field in the health sciences (e.g. biology, chemistry, etc.) and a strong interest in research, teaching, and service in the discipline.


The Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology may provide a code to waive the application fee for those applicants who provide us with a letter of support from identified mentor. Please send letter of support to to receive waiver code.

Application Deadline


International and domestic admission: JANUARY 1st                                                 



Send inquiry to the Director of Graduate Studies, Thunder Jalili

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. Note, the application requires inclusion of a letter from a prospective research mentor willing to supervise and support the student’s thesis research.

Applications are submitted using the Graduate School ApplyYourself portal:


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. If your application is missing this letter of support, your application will not be reviewed. 

Curriculum Vitae or Resume

Statement of Purpose

(less than 1000 words) about research experience, interests and long-term career goals

Three (3) Academic Letters of Recommendation (LoR)


  • Official Institution letterhead
  • Hand written signature 

Add recommendation providers at the beginning of your application process, to provide ample amount of time for submission. Each online recommender is given as access code that is valid for 180 days. LoR(s) due by application deadline, January 1st.

English Proficiency Test Scores (TOEFL or IELTS)

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

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 90 iBT 
    • Reading and Listening >21
    • Speaking and Writing >24
  • IELTS: band score of 6.5 or better

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


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


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 



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


1A minimum of 1 credit of chemistry lab is required.

2NOTE: CHEM 3510 and FDNU 4440 MUST have been completed within the last five (5) years.

The course numbers provided are from the University of Utah. Equivalent courses from accredited institutions are accepted.

Contact Us

Thunder Jalili, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies

Carisse Winegar

Program Manager - Academics