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The Master of Science in Nutrition degree program evaluates the overall quality of its applicants, considering academic achievement, personal motivation, knowledge of health care, professional experience and recommendation.


Criteria for Admission

  • a minimum of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (international applicants must provide evidence of institutional approval or acceptance
  • cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above
  • ability to clearly express one’s self in a written statement submitted at the time of application
  • if applicable, a minimum score of 600 on the written, or a comparable score on the computerized version, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL)
  • one letter of recommendation meeting application criteria

 Prerequisite Courses

Successful completion of at least one semester of the following courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university with a passing grade of “C” or higher.

  • Anatomy and Physiology (or equivalent course approved by the program director)
  • Biology
  • Organic Chemistry

Completion of biochemistry is preferred, but not required. All prospective applicants are invited to contact the program office to develop a plan for entry into the program.

PLEASE NOTE:  Prospective graduate candidates in the pathway to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, which is approved as Candidate for Accreditation granted by the Accreditation Council on Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), will also need prerequisite courses in human nutrition, general chemistry, biochemistry, statistics, and microbiology along with a successful interview with faculty. Please go to the Professional Practice tab on the website for details.

 Application Procedures

The Office of Admissions considers applications on a year-round basis. All applicants must

  • complete the online application
  • send the nonrefundable application fee of $50
  • provide the required letter of recommendation (must be an actual letter on letterhead, signed, dated and can be sent to after application submission)
  • submit official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional education

Upon receipt of the completed application and required materials, the Committee on Admissions will review the applicant's file and make recommendations to the program director. All final decisions on admission are made by the dean of the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Please mail all supplemental admissions material to
Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services (EPS)
Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine
Master of Science in Nutrition Admissions
3301 College Avenue
P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Or if your college or university can send official transcripts electronically, please send to:

Non-Degree Seeking Students

A non-degree-seeking student is one who wishes to take courses in the Master of Science in Nutrition program, but does not intend to pursue the master’s degree at the time of application. The non-degree-seeking student must provide the following admissions requirements in order to take classes in the Master of Science in Nutrition program.

  • completed online application form 
  • official transcripts of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional education
  • nonrefundable application fee of $50

Non-degree seeking students are not guaranteed future acceptance into the Master of Science in Nutrition program. If after taking classes in the program, non-degree seeking students may become degree-seeking status by applying to the M.S. in Nutrition program as a new student and meeting all the requirements for admission. If accepted into the degree program, appropriate credits taken as a non-degree-seeking student will be applied automatically toward the degree. Non-degree seeking students can enroll only in a maximum of 4 courses or 12 credit hours.

International Applicants

International students who wish to be considered for admissions must submit an official course-by-course evaluation of all foreign transcripts. Agencies that can complete this evaluation can be found here. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency in accordance with the university's policies.

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement 

Nova Southeastern University's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, Master of Science in Nutrition program is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctoral, and professional degrees. 

The Master of Science in Nutrition program, professional practice concentration (MS-RDN) has been granted candidacy status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) as a Future Education Model Graduate Program. Please visit the dedicated website about this unique and engaging professional preparation pathway. Graduation from an ACEND-accredited program including approved supervised practice is required to take the national certification exam for registered dietitian nutritionists. This preparation also meets most state licensing requirements for nutrition practice.

There are many career pathways for legal practice for nutrition professionals. At this time, we have determined that the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine's Master of Science degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure in all 50 states. For candidates in Florida, please contact:

It is nonetheless strongly encouraged that students determine any additional requirements for licensure in the state in which they seek to be licensed. Students should refer directly to the state licensing bodies or visit professional websites such as for licensure requirements across the United States. 

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Stephanie N. Petrosky, M.H.A., RDN, LDN, FAND at (954) 262-1597 or by email at

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