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Admission Requirements and Application Process

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics will review your request for admission once you have applied to the Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado.  To apply, follow the instructions below.  Timely submission of all required materials will expedite the evaluation and screening of your application.

Priority Application Deadline for Fall Semester Start is February 15 

Complete applications received by this date will receive full consideration for department scholarships and graduate assistantships.  Additional applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis until June 1.


Application Requirements

Each applicant must:

  • Possess an active Registered Dietitian Nutritionist card from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale) for the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress.

    • If you have completed a master's degree, or at least 18 credit hours towards a master's degree, the GPA of your master's work will be used.

  • Submit a personal statement to discuss experiences that helped you prepare for your career, short-tem and long-term goals; your strengths and weaknesses; your experience with online education; and your potential for graduate study including research interest areas.
  • Submit letters of recommendation from three individuals familiar with your academic/employment performance.

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

  • Answer the application questions.
  • Send your requests for letters of recommendation.
    • Request three (3) academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities and/or employment performance. You will be asked to supply information for your recommenders in the application.
  • Submit the application and pay the non-refundable application fee. 
    • Domestic Students: $50 non-refundable application fee
    • International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee

Once you submit your application you will be assigned an Admissions Portal, allowing you to upload supplemental items, as listed below, and track your application through the admissions process.

Step 2: Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from any regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor’s degree or higher was earned or is in progress (if you have earned multiple degrees, bachelor’s level or higher, an official transcript is required from each college or university where a degree was conferred). If you received a degree from UNC, you do not need to request a transcript from UNC. The Graduate School and International Admissions Office reserves the right to request that applicants provide official transcripts from other colleges or universities as needed.

Exceptions: If an applicant intends to use Veteran’s Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran’s Affairs policies.

Official transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent via mail directly from the educational institution in an unopened, sealed envelope or through an electronically secure digital program from the issuing institution.

Mailed transcripts should be sent to:

Graduate School and International Admissions
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box 135
501 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80639

Electronic transcripts from U.S. institutions should be sent directly from the educational institution to: grad.applicationmaterials@unco.edu.

The Graduate School and International Admissions does not accept email, scanned or PDF transcripts directly from applicants. All official transcripts, submitted as part of the application process, are retained by UNC and not returned to applicants or admitted students.

UNC retains submitted transcripts, from institutions other than UNC, for admitted students for up to five years after graduation or date of last attendance at UNC. Transcripts provided by applicants who were not admitted, denied admissions or did not complete their application are destroyed after one (1) year. The Graduate School will make every attempt to use previously-submitted transcripts if they are within these timeframes. However, if the Graduate School cannot locate previously submitted transcripts, the transcripts fall outside the timeframes listed above, or they are considered illegible, applicants must provide new transcripts.

Applicants with academic credentials from outside the U.S. will need to follow the requirements for submission of foreign transcripts. Click on the Transcripts tab for information about international transcripts.

Step 3: Note About the GRE

This program does not require GRE scores.

Step 4: Supplemental Items

Log back into the Admissions Portal to submit the following:

  • Personal Statement (1,000 words maximum)
    Discuss experiences that have helped you prepare your career in nutrition and dietetics, short-term and long-term goals, strengths and weaknesses, experience in online education, and potential for graduate study including research interest areas.
  • Scanned image of active Registered Dietitian Nutritionist card from the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

Additional Information:

Graduate courses to be considered for transfer and those taken at UNC must be taken within five calendar years of graduating from the M.S. in Dietetics Program.

Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the Graduate School and then sent to the faculty/program for an admission recommendation. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.

International Applicants:

International applicants (non-U.S. citizen/non-U.S. Permanent Resident) please refer to the International Admissions Requirements page for further information about submitting transcripts, English proficiency scores, passport copy and financial documentation.

For More Information 
For more information about the admission process, please email the Graduate School or call 970-351-2831.