Admission Requirements

LMDP AdmissionsThe 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 1
Spring Term: November 1
Summer Term: April 1

Prerequisite Requirements

Prerequisite requirements of the MS in Nutrition Sciences, Lifestyle Management and Disease Prevention (LMDP) include undergraduate coursework in:

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

Prerequisite requirements can be completed at UAB or another institution. Here are the courses recommended for completion through UAB (if you are a distance-based student, please note that only NTR 222 is available online). Courses taken at another accredited institution are acceptable as long as the content is similar to the course descriptions found above. 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 prerequisite courses prior to applying to this program.

Competitive LMDP applicants have:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*

*Competitive applicants to the LMDP have well above a 3.0 overall GPA and above a 3.0 GPA in their sciences (biology, chemistry, nutrition).

Although this track does not independently qualify students to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), it does provide 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, the 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 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 here.

The first step to beginning this process is to apply to the LMDP track.

Application Process

Complete the online UAB Graduate School application.

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

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, you are required to submit to the UAB Graduate School, as part of your application, a transcript evaluation from an ACEND approved vendor.

Mail official transcripts to:

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


Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. As part of your application to the UAB Graduate School, you will provide reference contact information, including email addresses. The 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.

International Applicants

Due to the exclusively online delivery system of the LMDP track, this program is not available to students who desire to pursue their studies while physically present in the US on an F-1 or J-1 student visa. However, applicants who intend to remain outside the US for the duration of the program, and applicants who are physically present in the US in another immigration status that permits exclusively online study (such as H-4, L-2, TN, pending green card, etc.) are welcome to apply.

Please email your current immigration document (USCIS approval or receipt notice, plus most recent I-94 card) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an initial assessment and information about English proficiency requirements.

The program expects a 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 120, or IELA (International English Language Assessment) score of 176.