Prospective Students

M.S., M.P.S., and Ph.D. programs are offered in Nutrition. In 2018-2019 we had 45 applications and admitted 20 students. 

For more information, please contact Andrew Howe at

If you are interested in our program to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), you should contact Corrie Marion at or 612-625-8495 or see 

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Application Requirements

Applicants to the program need a bachelor’s degree in any field or its international equivalent, prerequisite coursework, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores, and the TOEFL (for international students).

Go to: Application Instructions

Prerequisite Coursework

(at least one college level term completed)

  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introductory Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Nutrition coursework which may be taken after beginning the program:
  • Principles of Nutrition*
  • Lifecycle Nutrition*
  • Advanced Human Nutrition* (a course which has chemistry, human physiology and a basic nutrition course as prerequisites)

Marked (*) courses may be taken after admission. In rare cases, a student with an especially strong academic background may complete a (unmarked) prerequisite after admission.

Generally, individuals are not admitted to the Ph.D. program without an M.S. in nutrition or a related field.

University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship

Applicants should indicate their interest in the University of Minnesota Dietetic Internship on the department application. An internship is a component of becoming a Registered Dietitian.

To participate in the Dietetic Internship students need to complete dietetics and graduate program coursework. The dietetics coursework can be completed during or prior to beginning the graduate program.

Note: If the dietetics courses are taken during the graduate program, students must pay graduate tuition for these courses or locate an advisor willing to fund coursework costs.

For information on the process necessary to become a Registered Dietitian contact