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Nutritional Science Masters

The MS program in Nutritional Science and Dietetics offers two tracks. The nutritional science track is designed to prepare graduate students for doctoral programs and professional school (medicine, podiatry, physician's assistant, dental). Graduates are also employed in government, industry, community, and not for profit organizations. Graduates who are registered dietitians are prepared to work in hospitals, dietetics management, or community nutrition.

The dietetics track is designed to meet the supervised practice and course requirements to qualify graduates to take the Registration Examinations for Dietitian and Nutritionists (RDN exam). Upon graduation and completion of the RDN exam graduates work in multiple areas including hospitals, wellness, large food service operations, business and industry, community health programs, management, and entrepreneurial or private practice.

Research opportunities include focus on vitamin or mineral metabolism, muscle energy metabolism, bone metabolism, energy metabolism, nutrition education, medical nutrition therapy, management in dietetics, and international or community nutrition.

Graduate Program Requirements

Admission Info

Application requirements

  • Correct completion of BYU Graduate Studies application, including letters of recommendation
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or,
  • Completion of IELTS or TOEFL if non-English speaking


Successful applicants typically have

  • Completed the BYU Graduate Studies application correctly
  • GPA scores ≥ 3.2
  • Combined GRE Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning scores of ≥ 300, and ≥ 4.0 on the Analytical Writing test. If a standardized test (GMAT, for example) is used in place of the GRE, then the applicant should score at or above the 57th percentile for that test. Test scores older than five years will not be accepted.
  • If International applicant and native language is not English:
    • IELTS total band score ≥ 7.0 (with a minimum band score of 6.0 on each module); or
    • TOEFL score ≥ 237 (computer based), or
    • TOEFL ≥ 580 (paper based); or
    • TOEFL iBT of at least 85 (with a minimum score of 22 in the Speaking section and a minimum score of 21 in other sections)
    • Identified and met with a graduate faculty member with a similar research interest as the applicant’s. (If it is not possible to personally meet with a faculty member, a telephone conversation is recommended).

Other issues taken into consideration include

  • The number of pre-requisite courses that would need to be taken prior to beginning graduate studies
  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous graduate degrees earned
  • Commitment (full-time vs. part-time) to graduate education