Application Process

Prior Learning AdmissionsApplication Deadline:

Fall Term - June 1

Spring Term - November 1

Summer Term - April 1

Application Fees:

  • Domestic applicants and green card holders: $50
  • International applicants: $60

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

Note: If the deadline falls on a weekend day, then the next business day will serve as the official deadline.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have a 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 the International Student requirements of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, please visit the Academy’s International Students page.

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.

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.

UAB Graduate School Application Process

Official transcripts from each institution where college credit was received can be submitted electronically at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to:

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

Applications are submitted online through the UAB Graduate School. All admissions documents (test scores, transcripts, immigration documents, WES, etc.) must be sent to the UAB Graduate School. Use code 1856.

To apply you must submit the following:

  1. Complete the on-line UAB Graduate School application. The fee for domestic applicants is $50, the fee for international applicants is $60.
  2. 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?
  3. 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 a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) or from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
  4. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae. As a part of your application to the UAB Graduate School, you will be asked to provide a current Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  5. 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.
  6. Submit official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) directly from the testing service to UAB Graduate School. Your application can be reviewed by the PhD 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

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