Graduate Program: Admissions Information

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

The Field of Nutrition typically accepts PhD students for both the Fall and Spring semesters, and MS students for Fall only. Most PhD 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. 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

The Graduate Field of Nutrition will NOT require GRE scores for applications due in December 2020 (matriculation in Fall 2021) as a result of disruptions caused by COVID-19; any scores that are submitted will be masked before applications are reviewed.

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

All applicants must have completed coursework in chemistry including general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. In addition, applicants to the PhD program wishing to concentrate in Community or International Nutrition also should have completed courses in statistics and/or 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 research experience is advantageous for all applicants.

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