The Department of Nutrition offers a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Graduate level coursework in nutrition includes the opportunity to conduct and analyze research, enhance critical thinking and effective communication skills, and participate in experiential learning opportunities.
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics is to prepare diverse students to become nutrition leaders who practice effectively and contribute solutions for human health and healthcare challenges. The program's goals are to:
- utilize experiential opportunities to prepare students to use evidence-based nutrition practice in their chosen profession
- prepare students to secure advanced nutrition-related employment in healthcare, government, industry, education or not-for-profit programs
Please check the Nutrition Department website (https://msudenver.edu/nutrition) for current application deadlines.
To apply for the Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (MSND), the following items must be submitted:
- Graduate admissions application
- Graduate application fee
- Official transcripts - Students must submit official transcripts from each college or university attended (transcripts from MSU Denver are not required). Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the previous colleges/universities in a signed, sealed envelope. Institutions may also send official electronic transcripts to email@example.com.
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Personal statement essay
- List of three (3) professional and/or academic references including email and telephone contact information
Full program acceptance requires prerequisite coursework with a grade of C- or higher in:
- organic and biological chemistry (minimum of 1 semester combined)
- anatomy and physiology (equivalent of 6 credit hours)
- upper division human nutrition course with macronutrient and micronutrient metabolism as the focus of the course (minimum of 3 credit hours)
- medical nutrition therapy (minimum of 3 credits of a combined medical nutrition therapy I and II or equivalent)
Applicants may be regularly admitted, regularly admitted with requirements, waitlisted, or denied acceptance. Applicants admitted with requirements typically have obligations to fulfill either before starting the MSND program and/or within the first year of enrollment. Applicants admitted with requirements may have not graduated with their undergraduate degree at the time of admission, may be missing prerequisites, and/or may have an undergraduate GPA below the minimum requirement for admission. Applicants may be waitlisted in the case where program capacity has been reached and will be notified if space becomes available in the program.
For students interested in completing the Nutrition and Dietetics 3+2 Program (which allows students to complete a Bachelor's and Master's degree in as little as 5 years), please contact the Department of Nutrition at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-615-0990.
Confirmation of Enrollment
Accepted students must confirm their enrollment into the program according to the process as outlined in their admissions letter.
Applicants who are admitted to the MSND program may defer their start semester up to two semesters or one academic year from the term that acceptance was originally offered. Applicants who choose to defer their start date must notify the Department of Nutrition Graduate Program and follow additional steps as outlined by the program.
Additional documentation is required for international graduate applicants. In addition to the application requirements listed above, international applicants must:
- obtain a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT), or 6.5 on the IELTS
- submit the required immigration documents for issuance of an I-20
Foreign transcripts must have an official English translation done by a certified translator, if applicable, and a professional, course-by-course evaluation showing equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree. World Education Services (https://www.wes.org/) or Educational Perspectives (https://www.edperspective.org) are recommended professional transcript evaluation service providers.
Please also visit the International Student Admissions webpage at https://msudenver.edu/admissions/student-types/internationalstudents/.
Students may transfer in up to six (6) credits of graduate level coursework from a regionally accredited university. Each transfer course must have a minimum grade of "B" and have been completed within 5 years of admission to the program.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Students may be admitted to the program with a non-degree seeking status. Non-degree seeking students do not qualify for financial aid and must re-apply and pay a new application fee in order to become degree seeking. Completing coursework as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission into a degree program. Students accepted into the program with non-degree seeking status may take up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework in the program.
To apply as a non-degree seeking student, the following items must be submitted:
- Graduate admissions application
- Graduate application fee
- Official transcripts - Students must submit official transcripts from each college or university attended (transcripts from MSU Denver are not required). Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the previous colleges/universities in a signed, sealed envelope. Institutions may also send official electronic transcripts to email@example.com
Prior Learning Assessment
In general, no credit is given for prior learning experience derived from employment or other life experience.
Students not enrolled for three (3) consecutive semesters, including summer, must reapply to the University. Students requesting readmission must be in good academic standing and must submit their application for readmission to the master's program in which they have been enrolled.
Students who are readmitted to the MSND will be held to policies and curriculum for the term which they are readmitted.
Financial aid may be available for graduate students. Visit https://msudenver.edu/financialaid/graduate/ for information.
Academic Standing Policies
All students accepted into the program must adhere with the following academic policies:
Minimum Grade and GPA Requirements
- Students must complete the required coursework while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. Any student falling below a 3.0 in any given term will be placed on academic probation and be required to develop a remediation plan with an academic advisor for raising the GPA above a 3.0. Students who fail to complete the requirements of their remediation plan may be dismissed from the program.
- No grade lower than a "C" counts toward degree completion. Students receiving a "C-" or below will be required to repeat the course. Students who do not successfully complete a course with a "C" or better after the second attempt may be dismissed from the program.
- Students must complete Nutrition Research Practicum I, Nutrition Research Practicum II, and Nutrition Research Practicum III, which include successful completion of a research project, with a minimum grade of "B". Students who fail to complete any of these courses with a minimum grade of a "B" may be required to retake the entire three course practicum series. Failure to complete the courses with a "B" on the second attempt may result in dismissal from the program.
- Students may enroll in no more than 15 credits per semester for fall and spring semesters without departmental approval. The maximum load for a two-week Winterim or Maymester term is 3 semester hours, excluding short-term study abroad courses.
- No course may count toward both a master's degree and a bachelor's degree.
- MSU Denver's residency requirement for master's programs requires that at least 30 credit hours be completed at MSU Denver for this program.
Time Limit on Completion of Degree
- Students must complete the master's degree within six (6) calendar years from their initial enrollment or readmission term.