Admissions Overview

Prerequisite requirements of the Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention track include undergraduate coursework in:

  • Biology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Introductory Nutrition

The Introductory Nutrition Course (NTR 222 Nutrition and Health) can be completed online at UAB the first semester of the program. You must earn a C or higher in the other pre-requisite courses prior to applying to this program.

Although this track does independently qualify students to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), this track provides you the opportunity to gain the knowledge and professional skills to apply nutrition for physical activity and disease prevention. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of nutritional biochemistry, gain skills to practice basic nutrition education of the public and the opportunity to plan community interventions to promote health throughout the lifespan.

Students of the MS in Nutrition Sciences, LMDP Track interested in becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist have the option to apply to the Dietitian Education Graduate Certificate Program (DEP-C), an ACEND Coordinated Dietetics Program. Admission to the DEP-C will require successful completion of 29 specified semester hours of the LMDP track with a minimum 3.0 GPA by the program start date. If admitted to the DEP-C, students will be required to complete additional coursework and practicum experiences in order to meet ACEND eligibility requirements to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s National Examination to become a Registered Dietitian. For more information on the DEP-C, please visit us on the web

Competitive LMDP track applicants have:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Combined GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 300 (The GRE must have been completed within the past 5 years)


Application Deadlines

The MS in Nutrition Sciences, LMDP Track accepts admission for fall, spring and summer terms. The application deadline dates are as follows:

Fall Term: June 1st

Spring Term: November 1st

Summer Term: April 1st

The LMDP Admissions Committee begins their review of complete applications on each deadline date of the upcoming term. Please note that if the deadline date falls on a weekend, then your complete application is due the next business day.


Application Process

Complete the on-line UAB Graduate School application by clicking on this link:

Apply for Admission

The fee for international applicants is $60. The fee for domestic applicants is $50.


Letter of Application

Please address the following topics in your letter of application:

  • Why did you choose to apply to our program?
  • In what ways have your previous experiences prepared you for graduate study in our program?
  • What do you believe your greatest challenge will be if you are accepted into this program?
  • How will you be able to make a contribution to the field by earning this degree?


Official Transcripts

Submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended directly to the UAB Graduate School – note that proof of degree is required. If you have earned your degree from an international university, then you are required to submit to UAB Graduate School, as part of your application, a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) at or from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) at

Official transcripts are to be mailed to:

UAB Graduate School
LHL G03; 1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013


Letters of Recommendation

As part of your application to the UAB Graduate School, you will provide reference contact information, including email addresses. UAB Graduate School will contact each of your references. Your letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically by your references directly to the UAB Graduate School. Three letters of recommendation are required.


Official Scores

Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) official scores directly from the testing service to the UAB Graduate School. Your application can be reviewed by the LMDP Admissions Committee only after the graduate school receives your scores. Scores may not be more than five years prior to the desired term of admission. The UAB GRE code number is 1856.


International Applicants

For international students, there is an expected TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5, or PTEA (Pearson Test of English Academics) score of 53.  The UAB TOEFL code number is 1856.

If you are an international student, please contact UAB International Affairs office at