Admission and Entry

Acceptance requirements into graduate studies in the department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science are similar to general requirements for graduate studies at BYU. Applications must be submitted online.

Applications are considered twice each year. Deadlines are as follows:

Enrollment for Application Deadline
Fall Semester February 1
Winter Semester June 30

Food Science 

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
Hancock Lab

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 ≥ 400 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


Nutritional Science and Dietetics MS - Nutritional Science Emphasis

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 ≥ 400 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); orTOEFL 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

Nutritional Science and Dietetics MS - Nutritional Science Emphasis

Application requirements
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Brigham Young University’s accredited undergraduate dietetics program
  • Correct completion of BYU Graduate Studies application, including letters of recommendation
  • Please note the  Application Deadline:  January 15th 11:50 MT
  •  Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or,
  • Completion of IELTS or TOEFL if non-English speaking
  • Personal interview with the selection committee (2016 interviews are Fri Jan 22 between 8 am and 1 pm)

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 ≥ 400 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

  • Relevant work experience
  • Previous graduate degrees earned
  • Commitment (full-time vs. part-time) to graduate education