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Admissions Timeline

Please see the admissions timeline and deadline policy for autumn 2024 enrollment. Applications will open September 1, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants to an NSP graduate program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree* or higher in any discipline
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • English language proficiency (non-native English speakers)
  • Prerequisite Coursework (additional courses are required for GCPD applicants)

*In order to be eligible to apply for autumn quarter 2024 entry, applicants must have earned their bachelor’s degrees by the end of that summer. Applicants do not need to have their bachelor’s degrees prior to application.

Review the Eligibility Requirements page for details and additional information.

Prerequisite Coursework Requirements

The following courses must be completed prior to beginning either the MPH or MS program:

  • Nutrition
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry (2 quarters or 1 semester)
  • Physiology

Applicants to the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) must also complete the following coursework:

  • Psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Food Science (with lab)
  • Management of Nutrition Services

View the Prerequisite Guidelines and Example Coursework for details and additional information.

Application and Materials

The application process differs for the MPH and MS degree programs. Follow the applicable link below for information and instructions about the requirements for each. Both processes allow applicants to apply for the GCPD (RDN training program).

Note: We are accepting applications to our PhD program only from students currently enrolled in our master’s programs. Suspending admissions to outside applicants allows us the opportunity to review and revise our curriculum and improve student opportunities.

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2022 Admissions Process

The upcoming admissions cycle will be for autumn 2022. The application period will open September 1 and have a deadline of December 1, 2021 (11:59 pm, PT).

How to Apply

Review the application eligibility and prerequisite course guidelines on the Graduate Program Requirements page.

Use the UW Graduate School Online Application provided in step 1 to submit the following materials. All information and materials must be provided using the online application. Please do not submit hard copies of any application materials by mail.

  • Graduate School Application & Application Fee
    Go to
    Follow the procedures to create a new profile or log in if you have an existing account. Please select the following options when you are asked to select the “Application Type”and “Graduate Program” for your application.

    • Application Type: “Graduate”
    • Graduate Program: To apply for:
      Master of Science — Choose “Nutritional Sciences (MS)”
      Master of Public Health — Choose “Public Health – Nutritional Sciences (M of Public Health)”
      Doctor of Philosophy — From autumn 2020 through 2023, we are only accepting applications from students who are currently enrolled in our master’s programs

    After you have completed the application and uploaded the required materials, you will be asked to pay the application fee to submit and complete your application. The graduate school application fee is $85.

  • Nutritional Sciences Application with Statement (pending for the Autumn 2022 cycle)
    Save your completed application as a Word document or PDF and upload it to your UW Graduate School application.
  • Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD) Application (pending for the Autumn 2022 cycle)
    Applicants applying for RDN training, the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD), should complete this additional application. Save your completed application as a Word document or PDF and upload it to your UW Graduate School application.
  • Scanned or PDF Copies of Your UNOFFICIAL Transcripts
    These can be copies that you have scanned and saved as a PDF or downloaded from a university website and uploaded to your UW Graduate School application. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be requested before you enroll. Do not mail hard copies of your transcripts as it slows down application processing. When completing the application, be sure to list schools where in progress courses are being taken. If you have prerequisite courses in progress during fall quarter/semester, you can upload new transcripts (and email a new application to when you receive your grades and no later than December 30.

  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    Please provide contact information for your recommenders where requested in the Graduate School application. Each recommender will then receive an email that provides instructions and a link to submit their letter electronically. You should follow up with your recommenders to ensure that letters are submitted by the application deadline. Letters may come from employers, professors, or previous colleagues; NOT from family members or spouses.
  • Non-Native English Speakers: TOEFL Scores or Other English Language Proficiency Documentation
    Proficiency in English is required for graduate study at the University of Washington. Therefore, every applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of citizenship) must demonstrate proficiency with the English language. (See UW Memo 8 for Graduate School policies.)

    • Non-native English speakers will indicate how they will fulfill the requirement in the application.
    • If reporting official TOEFL scores, applicants should use ETS report code 4854 to submit them to the University of Washington.
    • If using a medium of instruction document, we will accept a notation directly on the transcript or a separate document issued by the institution. If submitting a separate document, include it with your transcripts when they are uploaded into the application.

Note: Submitting official GRE scores is no longer required.

If you have any questions about the application, please email us at