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 advanced clinical 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. Applicants should possess a strong background in physiology, biology, microbiology, and chemistry, including organic and biochemistry.

What are the admission requirements?

DOMESTIC applicants must include:

  1. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.85 on a 4.0 scale
  2. A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  3. Three reference letters- 2 from undergraduate or post-baccalaureate professors and one from an employer
  4. CV/Resume
  5. Statement of purpose (PLEASE NOTE: Students applying who have previously been enrolled in the Dietetic Internship program are not required to submit this admission document as we will use the personal statement from their DI application).

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 summer term.  The deadline for application submission is March 1st of each year.  You must be on campus one week before starting the summer 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 or scholarship applications from the Graduate School Financial Aid Office, UAMS, 4301 W. Markham, #601, Little Rock, AR 72205. (501) 686-5451. A limited number of assistantships are available. The department chairman may be contacted, at 501-686-6166, for the latest information about assistantships.
Financial aid information is also available from the College of Health Professions.

Contact Information:

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

**All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.