Graduate Admissions

Graduate school application deadline

Admission to the fall semester: December 15th 

Admission to the spring semester: open from August 15, close on September 30th 

Admissions Requirements

Nutrition and Food Science

Applicants should familiarize themselves with the requirements and policies/procedures of the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, College Park. They may do so by referring to The Graduate Catalog. The Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science Admissions Committee reviews all applications and makes recommendations based on the applicant's total record. Acceptance to the graduate program will be based upon academic transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a 300-500 word statement of career objectives and professional experience, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. A minimum of a 3.0/4.0 undergraduate grade point average is required. All applicants must take the GRE General Test. An additional requirement for admission is identification of a research advisor prepared to accept the applicant as an advisee. Faculty committees are responsible for graduate admission and curriculum. The Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science has a long history of educating graduate students from around the world. However, in addition to standard admission requirements, international applicants must also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL IBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. A minimum overall score of 100 on the TOEFL IBT or a 7 on the IELTS is required for full admission. International applicants must also submit documentation of adequate financial support for their studies. Details on the graduate admissions process for international applicants may be found at