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We welcome applicants of all abilities/disabilities, religions, marital statuses, familial statuses, sexes, ages, sexual orientations, veteran statuses, national origins, all ethnic and racial backgrounds, genetic information, and gender identities and expressions.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (based on 4.0) is required for admission.
  • 60 credits are required to begin the program.
  • Prerequisites must be completed for a letter grade, minimum grade of C- (C for transfer) unless otherwise noted; with the exception of AP/IB credits and/or exemptions awarded by the University of Pittsburgh. Courses listed below are offered at the Pittsburgh Campus, courses taken at the regional Pitt campuses or external institutions must be evaluated as equivalent to satisfy these requirements. Applications may be submitted while prerequisite coursework is in progress.                                        
    • Foundations of Biology 1, BIOSC 0150, 3 credits
    • Foundations of Biology 2, BIOSC 0160, 3 credits
    • Biology Lab: BIOSC 0057 or BIOSC 0058, 1 credit
    • General Chemistry 1 with Lab, CHEM 0110, 4 credits
    • General Chemistry 2 with Lab, CHEM 0120, 4 credits
    • Organic Chemistry 1, CHEM 0310, 3 credits*
    • Organic Chemistry 2, CHEM 0320, 3 credits*
    • English Composition, ENGCMP 0200, 3 credits
    • Algebra or Higher Math, MATH 0031, 3 credits
    • Statistics, STAT 0200 or STAT 1000, 4 credits
    • Introduction to Human Nutrition, NUTR 1006 or HRS 1006, 3 credits
    • Humanities/Social Sciences, 6 credits

*CHEM 0350: Principles of Organic Chemistry, taught at the University of Pittsburgh, may be taken in place of Organic Chemistry 1 and 2; however, students should first investigate organic chemistry requirements of graduate programs specific to their professional goals.

Application requirements

  • Complete the application for admission
  • Upload a personal essay to your application —a brief statement discussing why you are interested in nutrition science, your professional goals including how and when you became interested in nutrition science, as well as any work or volunteer experience you have that will demonstrate your awareness of the field. Also include other areas of interest, extra-curricular activities and leadership experiences.
  • Resumes are strongly recommended and should be uploaded to your application.
  • One letter of recommendation is required. A letter from a college instructor/professor or recent work or volunteer supervisor is preferred. You will provide your recommender's name and email in the application portal and they will receive a system email with a link to a recommendation portal. 
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required prior to review.
    • The SHRS admission team will pull transcripts for Pitt students. 
    • Transfer students should have provided all their transcripts to the Pitt Admissions Office when they submitted their transfer application.

Application Deadline

May 31, 2022

Admission Timeline

Once your application is complete, an admission decision is typically available in a few weeks. Application review begins in January.