Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences | Clinical Track — Prior Learning Option

DNS Prior LearningAre you a Registered Dietitian looking to advance your career with a Master’s Degree program? The Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track – Prior Leaning Option at UAB will complement your practical nutrition experience while expanding your knowledge, professional skills, and opportunities. This program is offered entirely online, allowing you the flexibility to maintain your prior commitments while achieving your educational goals. Learn more about the Clinical Track — Prior Learning Option of the Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences program.


Offered Completely Online

This program is offered completely online, no on-campus coursework is required.


Prerequisites for Admission

Students eligible for this program have completed an undergraduate degree in nutrition/dietetics and 1200 hours of supervised practice from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Admissions Requirements

Minimum Requirements

  • 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, visit the Verification Statements FAQ.

International Students
For more information about international student requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), please visit the AND website.

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.

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.

Please note that your application is sent from UAB Graduate School to our department for review only the application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and official testing scores have been submitted.


Application Process

The MS in Nutrition Sciences, Clinical Track/ Prior Learning Option accepts applications for full or part time enrollment during all terms (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 1
  • Spring Term: November 1
  • Summer Term: April 1

Please note that if the deadline falls on a weekend day, then the next business day will serve as the official deadline.

Application Fees:

  • Domestic Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $60

Letter of Application
Please address the following topics in your letter of application:

  1. Why did you choose to apply to our program?
  2. In what ways have your previous experiences prepared you for graduate study in our program?
  3. What do you believe your greatest challenge will be if you are accepted into this program?
  4. 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 www.wes.org or from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) at https://www.ece.org/.

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.

Please note that your application is sent from the UAB Graduate School to our department for review only after it is entirely complete, this includes receipt of official transcripts and all three letters of recommendation.


Career Paths and Job Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be advancing their careers as Registered Dietitians, including preparing for growth opportunities such as a promotion or a new job with practice settings requiring a Master's degree.


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