How to apply to M.S. or Ph.D.

Nutrition Graduate Program

Or apply to MS-PD

Admissions timeline



August 16


December 1

Admission procedures and requirements


Academic requirements

Satisfy the admission requirements for Oregon State University.

See: Graduate Admissions - Minimum Academic Requirements

Degree requirements

Students applying to the Nutrition Graduate Program are required to have a BS/BA or an MS in the biological or health sciences (or related sciences) or a DVM, MD or DO. A minimal proficiency in biology, general chemistry with lab, organic chemistry with lab is required for admission to the Nutrition Graduate Program.

Minimal competency courses

The MS and PhD options have additional highly recommended courses for admission (i.e., biochemistry, physiology, advance nutritional biochemistry; see “minimal competency courses” in the Nutrition Graduate Handbook). These courses, however, are not required for admission. If the student has not achieved these latter minimal competencies, appropriate courses will be added to the student’s Program of Study.

International Students

The University requires international students to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The TOEFL test measures English language skills in reading, listening, and writing. The OSU Graduate School requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), or 80 total score with all sub-scores 18 or above (Internet-based Test [iBT]) for regular admission. The Nutrition Graduate Program accepts these minimum scores.

The TOEFL score must be no more than two years old at the time of the student’s first term of registration.

Submit materials

Submit all application materials to the OSU Graduate School by December 1 for consideration.

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GRE no longer required

We join many other programs at Oregon State and other peer institutions across the country who have eliminated this structural barrier to promote a more equitable, diverse and inclusive student body.


How to apply for Departmental and/or College Fellowships

All Nutrition Graduate Program applicants are encouraged to apply for Fellowships. For detailed descriptions of available fellowships, application deadlines etc., please visit College of Health Graduate scholarship.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship

How to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)

All applicants who are admitted to the graduate program are considered for an assistantship. Teaching assistantships are awarded by the school, while research assistantships are determined by individual faculty members who have research grant funding.