Master of Science in Nutrition / Admissions

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

Note: Application must indicate the track for which you are applying:  Didactic Program in Dietetics (MS/DPD) Track or Food and Nutrition Studies Track

  • On-line Application or paper application must be completed and non-refundable $60 application fee. On-line payment is available through Paypal.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, in sealed envelopes with institution’s seal over the flap
  • Two completed recommendation forms, in sealed envelopes, from individuals with knowledge of the applicant’s professional work or ability. One professional recommendation should be provided by a supervisor from an employment or volunteer position. Recommendation forms may also be completed by sending the following link to directly to persons providing recommendations: electronic recommendation.
  • Official report of scores of the Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®), mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service
  • Statement of work experience (resume or C.V.)
  • Responses to essay questions.
  • Once complete application has been received, the applicant may be contacted to schedule an interview.

Didactic Program in Dietetics (MS/DPD) Track

Competitive applications for acceptance into the Master of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics Track, meet the following conditions, and target-score values, for which applications should aim:

  • Target GRE scores equal to or greater than 40%tile for Verbal and 40%tile for Quantitative; and a writing score of 3.5 or greater.
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.3/4.0 for all courses listed as required prerequisites for admission to this track.
  • Completion of, or current enrollment in General Biology and laboratory, Anatomy & Physiology and laboratory, Microbiology and laboratory, General Chemistry I and laboratory, Organic Chemistry and laboratory, Principles of Food and laboratory, Introductory Nutrition, Introductory Psychology, and Introductory Statistics (within past five years). See prerequisites for descriptions
  • Professional writing skills demonstrated in essays and GRE Writing score.

Note: Acceptance into the MS Nutrition program Dietetics Track is not a guarantee of acceptance into a dietetic internship program.


Food and Nutrition Studies Track

Competitive applications for acceptance into the Master of Science in Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Studies Track, meet the following conditions, and target-score values, for which applications should aim:

  • Target GRE scores of 40%tile for Verbal and 40%tile for Quantitative.
  • Target GPA of 3.0 for Bachelors.
  • Completion of, or current enrollment in Anatomy & Physiology and laboratory, General Chemistry I and laboratory, Introductory Nutrition, and Introductory Statistics (within past five years). See prerequisites for descriptions.
  • Professional writing skills demonstrated in essays and GRE Writing score.


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 ETS.org; or official scores from International English Language Testing System (IELTS) reported directly from IELTS.org. 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

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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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