How to apply to Nutrition Graduate Program

How to apply to MS or PhD

Nutrition Graduate Program

Or apply to MS-PD

Admissions timeline



August 16

Priority Deadline

December 1

Final Deadline

March 1

Application steps overview

The following is an overview. More details of each step are lower on this page.

1. Apply through OSU application

Apply by deadline indicated by program of interest

2. Complete and submit application

OSU will reach out for any missing documents

3. Application marked as "complete"

Faculty takes 6-8 weeks to review application once it is marked as "complete"

4. Admission Decision

Admission decision is sent to applicants after faculty review.

  Make sure your application is complete before submitting. Ensure that you have uploaded your transcripts, statement of purpose, and 3 references!

Admission procedures and requirements

Academic requirements

Satisfy the admission requirements for Oregon State University.

See: Graduate Admissions - Minimum Academic Requirements

Degree requirements

Successfully complete degree requirements.

Students applying to the Nutrition Graduate Program are required to have a BS or MS in the biological sciences or a DVM, MD, DO. A minimal proficiency in: anatomy & physiology, biology, general chemistry with lab, organic chemistry with lab is required for admission to the Nutrition Graduate Program.

Competency courses

Successfully complete minimal competency courses.

The MS and PhD options have additional highly recommended courses for admission (see “Minimal competency courses”). 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 priority consideration and by March 1 for final consideration.

Submit materials / apply now

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.