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Nutrition Science

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in Nutrition Science. It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this page:

  • Transcripts - Nutrition Science will accept unofficial transcripts and/or academic documents uploaded through the online application system for review purposes but prefers official transcripts.  You will only need to provide official transcripts and/or academic records at the request of Nutrition Science or if you are recommended for admission.
  • GRE Test
  • English Proficiency
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose

Application Deadlines: Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below:

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen January 10 Please contact the department. Please contact the department.
International January 10 Please contact the department. Please contact the department.


Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To (electronic documents are preferred):
Web Sites of Interest

 E-mail: inp@purdue.edu
Graduate Studies
Department of Nutrition Science
Purdue University
700 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2059
USA

A transcript of all previous academic work, a statement of purpose regarding plans for graduate studies, and three letters of recommendation should be sent. Upon receipt of all required documentation, applications are then reviewed for admission recommendation.

A “Statement of Purpose” is required.

This statement should include:

- your reasons for seeking an MS or Ph.D. degree in nutrition
- why do you want to come to Purdue?
- which of the 4 INP emphasis area(s) that interest you
- the potential research projects/faculty mentors in the INP program that you might like to work with
- a brief description of your experience in research, if any
- additional information that would not otherwise be obvious in your application

You are encouraged to provide other information you feel will be valuable for the review of your application.  Please note that our program requires a statement of purpose that is 1500 words long.  This is longer than the limit listed in the Graduate School general application instructions.

Current master’s students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required. Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections should each be at the 50th percentile or higher.

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required. Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections should each be at the 50th percentile or higher.
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    The minimum scores required by the Graduate School are listed below. The INP program will give preference to applicants with TOEFL iBT scores of >100 with no single subsection score lower than 22
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 600
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers:
    Not Required

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required. Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections should each be at the 50th percentile or higher.

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required. Scores on the verbal and quantitative sections should each be at the 50th percentile or higher.
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers:
    The minimum scores required by the Graduate School are listed below. The INP program will give preference to applicants with TOEFL iBT scores of >100 with no single subsection score lower than 22
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 600
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers
    Not Required

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.