Master of Science in Nutrition / Admissions

Competitive applications for acceptance into the Meredith College Master of Science in Nutrition program meet the following conditions:

  • The percentile target scores for the GRE are 40% in both the Verbal and Quantitative sections on both the original and revised version of the GRE test. Benchmark for Analytical writing score is 3.0
  • Target GPA of 3.0 for Bachelors and/or Meredith MS Nutrition prerequisites
  • Completion of, or current enrollment in, Introductory Nutrition, undergraduate Statistics (within 5 years), and Chemistry I
  • Letters of Recommendation  – Two completed recommendation forms from people with knowledge of your professional work or academic ability within your area of work or study, available to submit electronically online or in printable versions. Ideally, one recommendation form should be provided by a supervisor from an employment or volunteer position; one recommendation form should be provided by an instructor from a nutrition or nutrition-related science course
  • Focused research or practicum interest and program compatibility, clearly evident in essay answers
  • Professional writing skills demonstrated in applicant essay  and GRE Writing score
  • Include a current resume
  • Many students seeking a Master of Science in Nutrition degree from Meredith College are also interested in the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) as preparation for application to a dietetic internship. Acceptance into the MS Nutrition program is not a guarantee of acceptance into a dietetic internship at Meredith College. Please note that the application for the MS Nutrition program should reflect your research and/or practical interests in the field of nutrition and how a Master’s degree in nutrition from Meredith College will contribute to your academic and professional goals independent of any dietetic interests.

    International and permanent resident applicants must also submit the following:
  • If the original transcripts are not from an Accredited American University, a certified translation into English is required. In addition, a course-by-course evaluation of the applicant’s academic documents compiled by an independent academic credential evaluation provider will be requested for any post-secondary work or Commonwealth advanced level examinations taken outside of the United States. Meredith recommends World Education Services, Inc. (WES) for this service; other independent evaluators may be used with prior approval from Meredith. Applications for these evaluations can be obtained from the Meredith Graduate Office of Admissions, or from the WES website. WES, like other evaluators, requires a fee from the applicant for processing applications.
  • Official scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) reported directly from; or official scores from International English Language Testing System (IELTS) reported directly from We accept no other English Language tests.
  • Scores must not be more than one year old, unless the student has been enrolled full-time in an accredited American college or university in the interim. Except in cases where English is their native language, international applicants must submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores.

    The required minimum total score on the exams are:
    The paper-based TOEFL exam = 550 (with a minimum section score of 50 in all sections)
    The internet-based TOEFL exam = 80 (with a minimum section score of 20 in all sections)
    The comuter-based TOEFL exam = 213
    The IELTS exam = 6.5

    International students must also present copies of the following forms to the Graduate Studies Office:
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 card, Arrival/Departure Record
  • I-20
  • Alien Registration Number (permanent resident only)
  • Financial statement showing resources for a one year period
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Applicants holding F-1 visas must list the school or college they have permission to attend and submit a copy of their current I-20 form. The college will assist them in the preparation of a new I-20 form, if applicable. Admission of an international student who requires an F-1 visa is conditional until the proper visa is obtained. A student must be admitted to the graduate program to receive an I-20.

    Once a complete application has been received, the applicant may be contacted to schedule an interview.

    Application Deadlines
    April 1 (summer)
    Jun 1 (fall)
    November 1 (spring)

Please mail all materials to:

Graduate Studies Office
Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27607-5298


Thank you for your Interest!

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(919) 760-8735



Strong Story | Chris Newport

Chris Newport, ’11, earned her Master of Science in Nutrition at Meredith College after completing Meredith's Dietetic Internship program and becoming a Registered Dietitian. As the owner of a sports nutrition and endurance coaching company, Chris pursued her master’s degree in order to more effectively serve her clients and help them reach their fitness goals.


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