Admission Requirements

The first step in obtaining entry into the NUIP doctoral program is identifying a faculty mentor. Students should 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 and 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.

How to Apply

The PhD program begins in the Fall semester and the application deadline for matriculation is February 15th.

The following information must be submitted to the Graduate School using the ApplyYourself portal:

  • Letter of support from a prospective mentor
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Written statement (less than 1000 words) about research experience and interest and long-term career goals
  • Three academic recommendation letters directly submitted through ApplyYourself [NOTE: Submitting recommendations using the online system is strongly preferred. If your recommenders can’t submit your letter of recommendation online, use the Recommendation Form under Downloadable Forms in ApplyYourself].
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Report of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (School code: 4853 Dept code: 0214) taken within the past five years
  • Test of Spoken English (TSE) for those whose native language is not English

Optional Items

Students may also submit supporting evidence (e.g. publications) via email at

International students need to submit scores from their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

More Information

For additional information about the application process, students can contact the department’s Administrative Assistant-Academic Affairs Carisse Winegar or the Director of Graduate Studies Thunder Jalili.

Contact Us

PhD Program in Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

Carisse Winegar 
Administrative Assistant-Academic Affairs 
Phone: 801-581-6730

Thunder Jalili
Director of Graduate Studies