Prospective Students

Go Further with Our graduate Programs

The Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science (NFSC) at the University of Maryland is among the premiere graduate programs in the world. It has a long history of educating graduate students from around the world. To know about NFSC Graduate Program, please visit our Graduate Programs page. All applications for graduate studies at the University are to be submitted to the Graduate School and to the Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science for review and recommendations. Applicants wishing to study in this program should mark their application NFSC with a specialization in Nutrition (NUTR) or Food Science (FDSC). To be considered for admission to the Graduate School, each applicant must apply online here.

Application deadline for NFSC Graduate Program, Nutrition (NUTR) and Food Science (FDSC)

  • Admission to the fall semester: December 15th 
  • Admission to the spring semester: September 30th 

For details about the Graduate Application and acceptance process please read:

Admissions Requirements

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Graduate School’s Admission webpage and review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Graduate School website. 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 applicants' total record. Acceptance to the graduate program will be based upon academic transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of career objectives and professional experience. A minimum of a 3.0/4.0 undergraduate grade point average is required

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All applicants must take the GRE General Test. However, currently GRE requirement has been waived for NFSC graduate progam.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

English language proficiency is the Graduate School’s requirement. Please see here for details.


International Applicants

Details on the graduate admissions process for international applicants may be found at the Graduate School website.

Financial Assistant

Financial support for graduate students is available on a competitive basis. The Department of Nutrition and Food Science offers a number of graduate teaching assistantships that support students in the Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science.

Research assistantships are also available from graduate students’ major advisors depending upon their projects and funding situations. Please visit NFSC Graduate Student’s Handbook and Graduate School Funding Information for more details.



Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Graduate Programs

Nutrition and Food Science are STEM fields of study. For details, please visit:

NFSC Faculty and Research

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