DNS Students

Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program: Admissions

Admission Procedures common to MS and PhD degrees

Applicants should use the online interactive application form provided by the Graduate School to apply for admission to either the MS or PhD degree programs, and follow its instructions for the submission of transcripts and letters of reference.

Cornell University expects all applicants to complete their application materials without the use of paid agents, credentials services, or other paid professional assistance. The use of such services violates University policy, and may lead to the rejection of application materials, the revocation of an admissions offer, cancellation of admission, or involuntary withdrawal from the University.

Deadlines for applications: We are not accepting applications for the Spring 2018 term for the PhD program. The Field of Nutrition accepts students for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Most applicants are admitted in the Fall. For admission in the Fall semester, completed applications must be received by the Graduate School no later than December 10th if applicants wish to be considered for fellowships or assistantships. We strongly recommend that all applicants for Fall admission submit complete applications by December 10th. For admission in the Spring semester, completed applications must be received by the Graduate School no later than October 1. No applications will be reviewed until all required letters, test scores and transcripts have been received.

Standardized tests: Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test are required for admission to the Field of Nutrition. Applicants for fall admission should have taken the GRE by December of the previous year.

Fluency in English is essential for successful graduate study in the Field of Nutrition. For applicants whose native language is not English, scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required for admission. The TOEFL exam is required for admission to the Graduate School. The minimum scores accepted are as follows:

Reading- 20
Speaking -22
Writing- 20

Course requirements for admission to the PhD: Applicants to the PhD program wishing to concentrate in Community or International Nutrition also should have completed courses in statistics and the social sciences. Those wishing to concentrate in International Nutrition should have had significant work experience in a developing country. Applicants wishing to concentrate in Molecular Nutrition should have completed course work in molecular biology, cell biology, and/or genetics. Prior laboratory research experience is advantageous for applicants in Human Nutrition and Molecular Nutrition.