Preparing to Apply
Your application will be submitting through AppyTexas.org, but before you go there, please review admission criterial. Admission is based on:
- undergraduate and graduate grades
- scores on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
- letters of recommendation from teachers, employees, or supervisors that are familiar with the student’s academic potential
- prior research experience
- work samples or other evidence of academic promise.
The Admission Committee also examines the fit between applicant’s goals and the goals of the program.
Admissions decisions are made by the Graduate Admissions Committee on the basis of review of each applicant’s particular profile of strengths. Admitted students have different profiles. Some, for example, have extremely high test scores or grade point averages; others bring unusually strong prior research experience. Deadline for Fall 2019 applications is July 15, 2019. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis when completed.
Educational Requirements for Admission
Admission requirements to the Graduate School and the Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program are as follows:
- A bachelor’s degree in a nutrition-related field from an accredited United States institution or proof of equivalent training outside the United States.
- A grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division work (junior- and senior-level courses) and in any completed graduate work.
- A satisfactory score on a graduate level entrance exam such as the GRE or MCAT.
- A satisfactory score (minimum score of 79 required) on the TOEFL exam for international students. For more information, please see UT Austin’s requirements for International Students support page.
- Applicants should have an extensive background in nutrition or related sciences. Level of knowledge will be assessed by review of students completed coursework. See below for a list of courses that are recommended for completion before applying to the online MSNS program.
The Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) recommends that applicants who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a science field complete the courses below prior to applying for admission to our program:
- Introductory Nutrition and Laboratory
- Introductory Biology: Cell Biology
- Vertebrate Physiology
- Principles of Chemistry and Laboratory
- Organic Chemistry* and Laboratory (*Required)
- Biochemistry* and Laboratory (*Required)
Deadline for applications is July 15, 2019.
Submit applications by July 15 for admission for the Fall 2019 semester. Students who do not hold a B.S. degree in a nutrition-related field, please see list of prerequisite courses above.
1 Apply to the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin
Applications are submitted electronically through ApplyTexas using Nutritional Sciences major code 671950. Be ready with the following:
Three Letters of Reference
When you complete the “References” portion of the online application, you will give the names and email addresses of those you have asked to recommend you. Be sure that the email address is current and accurate. You will be asked to inform us if you are going to waive the right to view your letters after they are submitted. Please indicate this by answering the associated question on the application for admission. We will send an email message to the address you provide and ask your recommender to visit a website where they can complete a questionnaire. Your recommender will be informed if you have not waived your right to view his/her letter of recommendation.
Statement of Purpose
The ApplyTexas web application provides a space near the end of the application for your Statement of Purpose. This is a required step in applying to the online MSNS program.
Pay the application fee of $65 online or through the Admissions Center.
2 Submit Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended.
After you have submitted your application you will receive an email that contains a link to the Status Check website where you will be able to upload your transcript(s). Upload PDF copies of official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities you have attended. Send all transcripts electronically; please do not send paper transcripts. For more information see UT Austin for Graduate Admissions.
3 Send Test Scores
Send official GRE scores to UT Austin
Reference UT Austin code: 6882, no department code is necessary. Educational Testing Service will send scores. Attach other graduate or professional entrance exam scores as a supplemental document.
Send official TOEFL or IELTS scores (required for International students)
Reference UT Austin code: 6882.
ETS should send your test scores to:
Graduate and International Admissions Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, Texas 78713-7608
If you hold bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL. For more information about TOEFL scores and graduate admission visit the graduate admission page.
All application materials received by the Admissions Center will be available to the Nutritional Sciences Admissions Committee.
4 Review Status and Upload Additional Documents
Visit MyStatus to monitor reference requests, upload your curriculum vitae or resume, submit additional items such as publications, resend a request, add a new recommender, and revise your FERPA waiver.
Visit financial aid at UT Austin for more information.
Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Texas at Austin
School of Human Ecology
103 W. 24th St., Stop A2703
Austin, Texas 78712