Admissions Overview

Application Deadlines

The MS in Nutrition Sciences, Prior Learning Option of the Clinical Track accepts admission for fall and summer terms. The application deadlines are as follows:

Fall Term: August 1*

Summer Term: April 1*

*If the deadline falls on a weekend day, then the Monday immediately following is the deadline.

Minimum Requirements

The minimum program requirements for the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Prior Learning Option of the Clinical Track are as follows:

  • Verification Statement from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics demonstrating successful completion of 1,200 hours of supervised practice from a supervised practice program. For more information about Verification Statements from the Academy, please follow this link
  • GRE completed in the past 5 years

Competitive candidates have:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and
  • A combined GRE score (verbal + quantitative) of 300.

International Students

For more information about International Student requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, please visit the Academy’s website by following this link.

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 PETA (Pearson Test of English Academics) score of 53. The UAB TOEFL code number is 1856. Please contact the UAB International Affairs Office for more information,

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission is available for students currently completing their 1,200 hours of supervised practice experiences. However, the ACEND Verification Statement must be received before you can begin taking coursework toward this degree at UAB.

Application Process

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


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:

  • Reasons for applying to this program, including your short- and long-term professional goals
  • Training and work experiences that make you well suited for this program

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 MS in Nutrition Sciences 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. UAB GRE code number is 1856.

 Scores may not be more than five years prior to the desired term of admission.

Please note that your application is sent from UAB Graduate School to our department for review only after complete, with official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and official testing scores.