Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Program

  • Bachelor’s degree or above from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent.
    • See International Admissions for details regarding the evaluation of international degrees for grade and degree equivalency.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, typically defined by a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or better. However, applications are reviewed holistically as a determination of academic readiness.
  • The RDN to MSAN Pathway also requires your current RD license.  
  • Recommended courses: Previous coursework in nutrition and/or biology, and statistics is highly recommended.
  • Computer with an internet connection, including the hardware and software requirements described on the Technical Requirements page. Must also possess sufficient computer skills to navigate the internet as all classes are accessed 100% online.

What the Applied Nutrition program looks for in an applicant

We recognize that nutrition is a rapidly evolving field of study and that applicants from diverse backgrounds are drawn to this program. Successful students have rich backgrounds with a variety of professional and academic experiences.

There is no one typical background that indicates whether a student will be successful, but such students often exhibit a lifelong curiosity, natural perseverance, and an inclination to take on new challenges. Students with the capacity to manage multiple competing priorities are most successful in our online learning environment.

Our Admissions Committee reviews each application holistically and takes into account potential students’ previous academic coursework, professional experiences, and their dedication to completing an M.S. in Applied Nutrition as demonstrated in their application letter.

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Application Process

Step 1

  • Create an account for the Online Application Portal, start a new application and fill out all required fields.
    • You will be asked to provide contact information for three references, preferably of supervisory or leadership positions.
    • You will be asked to compose statements in response to the following prompts in one to two paragraphs (250-350 words) for each prompt:
      1. Describe how your previous educational and/or professional experience(s) have prepared you for graduate studies, particularly in the field of nutrition?
      2. Describe your short and long-term professional goals as related to the field of nutrition.
      3. What specific topics in nutrition motivate you to pursue graduate study in this program?
      4. Why is an online program the right fit for you? In answering this question, please address time management, self-motivation, access to technology and computer literacy.

Step 2

  • Upload all supporting documents:
    • Professional Resume/CV: Must be current and include current professional roles and responsibilities.
    • The RDN to MSAN pathway also requires your current RD license.

Step 3

  • Request an official transcript reflecting conferral of bachelor’s degree or above. Applicants with international degrees should contact an enrollment counselor for more information.
  • Official transcripts must be submitted to UNE directly from the institution. Please contact your college or university as soon as possible and request that they send an official transcript via mail to the address below or by certified electronic delivery. We will notify you as soon as we receive your official transcript.
  • If your transcript is from an international institution, it will need to be translated and/or evaluated for U.S. grade and degree equivalency and sent to us directly from the evaluation company. Please contact an enrollment counselor for more information.
  • If sent electronically, request that your transcript be sent to:
  • If mailed, request that your transcript be addressed to:
University of New England
College of Graduate & Professional Studies
Attention: Applied Nutrition
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

  • Please Note: Additional transcripts may be required or requested. You can always submit additional transcripts if you feel they would strengthen your application.

Step 4

  • Pay a non-refundable $40 application fee.

Step 5 (for RDN applicants only)

  • Complete first year SEL site approval process with MSAN Assistant Director/Director of RDN

Procedures and Policies

Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer up to three, 3-credit courses (maximum nine semester credits) into the program.

In order to be considered for transfer, courses must:

  • Be classified as graduate level.
  • Have been taken within five years of application.
  • Have been completed with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Be equivalent to one of the required program courses.

To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript, the transfer credit form, and a course syllabus for each course. Your enrollment counselor or student support specialist can assist you with this request. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the Applied Nutrition program.

All application materials submitted to UNE are valid for 12 months from the date received by the University. To avoid needing to re-request transcripts and letters of recommendation, we recommend that you complete your application and enroll in a timely manner. In the event that you need to re-apply or re-activate your application, materials older than 12 months will need to be re-submitted without exception.

Students not seeking a degree may enroll in individual courses as a non-matriculated student, space permitting and upon approval by the program manager. Non-matriculated students must hold a bachelor’s degree and submit an official transcript reflecting conferral of the degree. Students may not move from non-matriculated to matriculated status within the same semester. Please contact an enrollment counselor to assist in this process.

More information explaining the admissions requirements for international students or applicants with international degrees can be found here on the International Admissions page. If you have specific questions, please contact an enrollment counselor for personal guidance through the application process.


Your Dedicated Enrollment Counselors

Enrollment counselors are here to help you understand the Applied Nutrition admission requirements and assist you throughout the entire application process.

Emily Taylor, Enrollment Counselor

Emily Taylor

Enrollment Counselor II

(207) 221-4864

Alexandra Legere

Alexandra Legere

Senior Enrollment Counselor

(207) 221-4941

Rachel Kosnow

Rachel Kosnow

Enrollment Counselor III




If you have any questions about the Applied Nutrition programs, focus areas, coursework, or program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.