Graduate Nutrition Sciences Admission Requirements

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Admission Requirements

Admission to Viterbo University’s Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences program is selective and will consider students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. While a background in healthcare is not required in order to be accepted into the program, it is highly recommended that applicants have a bioscience or healthcare background. To be considered for admission generally, a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale will be required. In addition, students must satisfy the following multistep admission requirements:

  • Application
  • Official graduate and college transcripts
    • Candidates must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned, including graduate programs. Viterbo University requires that all schools (degree-granting and transfer credits) be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Viterbo University, Office of Enrollment Operations, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse WI 54601. 
  • A written statement of purpose (Essay). In 500 words, address the following question:
    • How will this program help you to reach your professional goals? Discuss your strengths and potential challenges.
  • One letter of recommendation (submitted on standardized forms as required by admissions)
  • An interview for admission is not required, however, candidates may be invited to speak with a faculty member to discuss their application. Admission decisions are made by the Nutrition Sciences admissions committee and applicants are notified of the decision through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

International Applicants

In addition to meeting all of the program-specific admission requirements for the nutrition sciences program, all international students must submit additional documentation to be considered for admission. 

Visit the Viterbo international admissions requirement and English language requirements web pages for more details on applying as an international candidate.

Transfer and Waiver of Credit

Transfer Credits upon Admission

Individual consideration will be granted in the awarding of transfer credits. Up to six graduate-level credits may be transferred into the M.S. in Nutrition Sciences degree, if equivalent. Credits must have been earned from a regionally accredited program, taken within the last five years, have an earned grade of B or better, and be equivalent to the course it is replacing in the requirements at Viterbo. Coursework older than five years may be waived or given credit based on an individual review. Students who wish to transfer credits need to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for details on the process. Courses will be evaluated for equivalency and written notification of acceptance of transfer credit will be provided to the student by the director. Transfer credit is only eligible for coursework taken prior to enrollment and petitioned for prior to matriculation.  

Transfer Credits after Admission

The faculty of the Viterbo University Master of Science in Nutrition Sciences program has carefully planned and developed a curriculum to meet the needs of the potential graduates of the chosen tracks. The content for the curriculum was designed for the curricular and graduate outcomes unique to this program and the specific role preparation.