How to Apply

Who may apply?

The MSCN program has been developed for two types of students:

  1. The RD or other healthcare professionals who are pursuing the MS, with an emphasis on science- and research-based practice.
  2. The individual with a strong background in biological sciences who wants to pursue advanced coursework in nutrition. Applicants should have previous coursework in nutrition and biological sciences. It is strongly recommended that prospective students have completed courses in nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, and nutritional biochemistry.

What are the admission requirements?

DOMESTIC applicants must include:

  1. Official transcripts from every college or university attended
    • Completion of a baccalaureate degree
    • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.85 on a 4.0 scale
  2. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score Report
  3. Three reference letters- preferably, two from undergraduate or post-baccalaureate professors and one from an employer
  4. CV/Resume
  5. Statement of purpose limited to 1,000 words addressing:
    • Why you are interested in the program
    • Experiences that have prepared you for the program
    • Short-term goals
    • Long-term goals

Domestic Applicant Deadlines:

  • Spring deadline – the first Friday in December
  • Summer deadline – the first Friday in May
  • Fall deadline – the last Friday in July

INTERNATIONAL students will only be accepted to start in the fall semester.  The deadline for application submission is April 1st of each year.  International Students must be on campus one week before starting the fall semester.

The admission requirements include all items listed for domestic applicants plus the following:

  1. Official transcripts from every college or university attended authenticated for a 4.0 scale
  2. A TOEFL score of 79
  3. An Affidavit of Support according to the graduate school website

How do I apply to the program?

An applicant first applies for admission to the UAMS Graduate School by completing the application forms and requesting official transcripts from all colleges attended. The UAMS Graduate School forwards all eligible applications to the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition for an admission decision.

What is special student status?

A non-degree seeking student may enroll in a Dietetics and Nutrition course by obtaining permission from the department chairman. Up to 12 semester hours may be taken in this status. This category may be used by a health professional who wishes to prepare for a specialty board examination, to meet continuing education requirements, or to decide if he or she wishes to pursue admission to the degree program.

What about financial aid?

General Financial Aid
Applicants may request guaranteed student loan eligibility forms from the Student Financial Services, Financial Aid Office, Administration West Building, Room 1.120, 4301 W. Markham, Slot #864, Little Rock, AR 72205; Phone: (501) 686-5451; Email: financialaid@uams.edu.

Contact Information:

For general information about the MSCN program, please contact: Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, at 501-686-6166. Contact Josh Phelps, Ph.D., MSCN Program Director, regarding specific questions about the MSCN program.