We prepare students for careers in nutrition, exercise, health and healthcare, hospitality, and research. Our graduates pursue careers in health care, research, academia, governmental agencies, and businesses.
Preference for admission, assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships is given to applicants who apply by February 15 for the fall semester. Graduate assistantships for research and teaching are available for the upcoming fall semester on a competitive basis. This application form is only for students who have already been admitted to our program. If you have not been admitted, please do not fill out this assistantship application. For more information, visit: go.unl.edu/2i7k.
We offer the following degrees:
- Master of Science (M.S., thesis and non-thesis, 6 Specializations)
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D., research intensive, 2 Specializations)
It takes approximately 2 years to complete an M.S. program and 4 years to complete a Ph.D. program.
Applicants interested in research training and research careers should apply for M.S. Option A (research thesis) or Ph.D. (90 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, including master's degree coursework).
Applicants interested in healthcare, dietetics, community nutrition, or hospitality careers should apply for the non-thesis master's.
Students are recommended for admission by departmental graduate faculty.
Research training programs, M.S. or Ph.D. with Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition Specialization, and Ph.D. in Human Sciences, require at least one faculty member who agrees to serve as the student's research advisor.
Applicants focused on research must communicate with individual graduate faculty by providing compelling reasons why their application should be considered in addition to serving as their graduate research advisor. Detailing volunteer, professional, and research experience as well as demonstrating passion and interest in their areas of research are key components.
To learn more about each graduate faculty members' areas of research, teaching, and other interests, you can review their bio pages online in the NHS faculty directory, online at: cehs.unl.edu/nhs/nhs-faculty-and-staff as well as search for them online via PubMed pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov or Google Scholar scholar.google.com.
Our graduate programs include:
- M.S. in Nutrition and Health Sciences (CODE: NUHS)
- Professional Studies in Dietetics -Future Education Model specialization (PSD), prepares for the ability to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, (45 credits); Program Director: Dr. Heather Rasmussen
- Ph.D. in Nutrition (CODE: NTRN-PHD), 90 credit hours with dissertation
For students with a strong interest in nutrition research with a STEM focus. STEM focus is needed for many areas of optional practical training.
There are no specializations for this Ph.D. Our nutrition research faculty focus in these areas:
- Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition, GRE preferred; Program Contact: Dr. Sathish Natarajan
- Nutrition and Health Sciences, students can tailor this program to their interests in nutrition research; Contact: Dr. Heather Rasmussen
- Community Nutrition and Health Promotion, GRE preferred; Contact: Dr. Weiwen Chai
- Ph.D. in Human Sciences (CODE: HUMS-PHD), 90 credit hours with dissertation
- Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition specialization (BMNT), GRE preferred; Program Contact: Dr. Sathish Natarajan
- Nutrition and Health Sciences specialization (NUHS), students can tailor this program to their interests; Contact: Dr. Heather Rasmussen
- Graduate Certificate
- Nutrition, Non-coding RNAs and Extracellular Vesicles, (18 credits); Contact: Dr. Janos Zempleni
- Pursued in conjunction with a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in selected departments
- For application information, visit Graduate Studies online at: unl.edu/gradstudies/academics/programs/NNEV-GCER
Prerequisites for Admission
For nutrition, dietetics, and exercise, preference for admission includes completion of undergraduate courses documented on transcripts in general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, human physiology, human anatomy, and advanced nutrition (for dietetics). Any potential course deficiencies should be discussed with your program contact or faculty advisor prior to admission. Admission prerequisites and requirements include:
- Applicants should have a bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology, dietetics, exercise science, food science, health education, health sciences, hospitality/restaurant management, nutrition science, or other major related to their desired area of study.
- Applicants must have a confirmed advisor before applying. Applicants must communicate with individual graduate faculty by providing compelling reasons why their application should be considered in addition to serving as their graduate research advisor. Detailing volunteer, professional, and research experience as well as demonstrating passion and interest in their areas of research are key components. At least one faculty must agree to serve as the applicant's advisor before an applicant can submit their application. Applicants who apply without a confirmed advisor will be denied.
- Applicants should have specific prerequisite courses on their transcripts related to their desired area of study.
- Applicants not having a relevant bachelor's degree are welcome to apply but should take prerequisite courses related to their desired area of study before applying.
- Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Preferred minimum GRE scores: 145 Verbal; 150 Quantitative; 3.0 Analytical (writing).
- Required minimum TOEFL score (International students only): 550 paper; 79 internet; or 6.5 IELTS.
- Applicants must submit three letters of reccommendation in order to be considered for admission.
Application for Admission and Deadlines
Application information for the M.S. in Nutrition and Health Sciences (choose one of 6 Specializations) or the Ph.D. in Human Sciences with a specialization in Biomedical and Molecular Nutrition or Nutrition and Health Sciences can be found online at unl.edu/gradstudies/academics/programs/NUHS-MS and unl.edu/gradstudies/academics/programs/NTRN-PHD.
Preference for admission, assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships is given to applicants who apply by February 15 for the fall semester.
Applications submitted less than 4 months before the start of each semester may experience delays in processing (after April 15 for fall, after September 1 for spring, and after February 15 for summer). If you plan to submit a late application, notify the department of your intention to apply.
Application for Assistantships and Fellowships
Graduate assistantships for research and teaching, as well as fellowships and scholarships, are available for the upcoming fall semester on a competitive basis. A separate application is required. Additional information can be found online at cehs.unl.edu/nhs/assistantships.
We hope you will apply and join our graduate program!