Admissions Overview

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

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

Prerequisite requirements can be completed at UAB or another institution. Enclosed are the courses recommended for completion through UAB (If you are a distance-based student, please note that only NTR 222 is available online). The “Transfer Credit Equivalencies” tool can help you determine if the courses you complete compare to those we recommend at UAB.  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.

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)

Although this track does not independently qualify students to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), this track provides students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and professional skills to apply nutrition to health promotion, physical activity, and disease prevention. Students 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 Interested in Becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Students in the 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 first requires admission to the LDMP track, then successful completion of 29 specified semester hours of the LMDP track with a minimum 3.0 GPA by the DEP-C start date. The DEP-C cohorts begin during the fall term, annually.

If admitted to the DEP-C, LMDP students will be required to complete an additional 37 semester hours of 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 Nutritionist. More information on the DEP-C can be found on the Dietitian Education Program webpage.

The first step to beginning this process is to apply to the LMDP track, so click on the "Apply for Admission" button below to get started!


Application Deadlines

The MS in Nutrition Sciences- Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention track admits during all terms. The application deadline dates for each term are:

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 cumulative TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5, PTEA (Pearson Test of English Academics) score of 53, Duolingo score of 70, or a IELA (International English Language Assessment ) test score of 176.

Please contact the Office of International Admissions with questions specific to the English proficiency test requirements.