Admissions Overview

The MS in Nutrition Sciences, Research Track accepts admission for the fall term only.

The MS Admissions Committee begins their review of complete application on March 1 for the upcoming fall term. Please note that if March 1 falls on a weekend, then the deadline for complete applications is the next business day.

Our minimum program requirements include an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a combined (verbal and quantitative) GRE score of 300. The GRE must have been completed within the past 5 years.

A degree in a recognized field of biological, physical, chemical, agricultural or engineering science from an accredited university is preferred.

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.

If you are an international student, please contact UAB International Affairs office at

We do not offer conditional admission.


Application Process

Complete the online 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:

  • Short-term and long-term professional goals
  • Research and other training and work experiences that make you well suited for this program
  • Reasons for applying to 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 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.

UAB GRE code number is 1856.

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.