Criteria for acceptance

  • Must be granted admission to the Graduate School
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, preferably in a science/health related field. Exceptional applicants outside these fields will be considered
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point of 3.0
  • GRE test scores are not strictly required but are recommended
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, completion of the English proficiency requirement, scores from TOEFL (79 internet-based and 550 paper-based), MELAB (85), or IELTS (6.5), are required



All incoming students are expected to have the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent:

Course # Title Credits
NFS 2130/2140 Intro Food Science and Lab   4
NFS 2220 Nutrition Laboratory  1
NFS 3230 Human Nutrition 3
BIO 2200 Intro Microbiology 4
BIO 2870 Anatomy and Physiology  
  One semester of Organic Chemistry  
  Courses in biochemistry and statistics are recommended  


Graduate Student Code of Ethics

Effective September 9, 2011, a new Graduate Student Code of Ethics was implemented. A signed copy of the form must be submitted to the departmental office. Forms can be turned in at the student orientation meeting in September.

Download NFS Graduate Student Code of Ethics (pdf)