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The application for Fall 2023 will open in September 2022.

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
    • Foundations of Biology 2, BIOSC 0160
    • Biology Lab, BIOSC 0057 or BIOSC 0058
    • General Chemistry 1 and Lab, CHEM 0110
    • General Chemistry 2 and Lab, CHEM 0120
    • Organic Chemistry 1, CHEM 0310, 3 credits+
    • Organic Chemistry 2, CHEM 0320, 3 credits+
    • Introduction to Human Nutrition, NUTR 1006 or HRS 1006
    • Seminar in Composition*, 1 course
    • Oral Communication, 1 course. COMMRC 0520 preferred; 0500, 0510, 0530 acceptable.
    • College Algebra, 1 course. MATH 0031 or higher math required. Exemption accepted.
    • Statistics, 1 course. STAT 0200 or STAT 1000 required.
    • Literature*, The Arts*, Creative Work* or Philosophical Thinking and Ethics*, 1 course
    • Social Sciences*, 1 course

+Students may take Principles of Organic Chemistry, CHEM 0350 in place of Organic Chemistry 1 and 2; however, students should first investigate organic chemistry requirements of graduate programs specific to their professional goals.

*See the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences General Education Course Catalog.  

Application requirements

  • Complete the application for admission
    • The application for Fall 2023 will open in September 2022.
  • Submit a personal essay—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.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation. A recommendation from a college instructor/professor or recent work or volunteer supervisor is preferred.
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required prior to review. Pitt students do NOT need to supply their Pitt transcript. However, if you have earned college credit from any other schools, we will require those transcripts. If you are a student in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, we should have access to the transcripts for any non-Pitt coursework that already appears on your Pitt transcript as Transfer Credit. If you have non-Pitt coursework that does not already appear on your Pitt transcript, you must send us an official transcript. Otherwise, we will contact you if any transcripts are required.

Application Deadline

March 15.

Admission Timeline

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