Applied Nutrition Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Applied Nutrition

Program prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a region­al­ly accred­it­ed insti­tu­tion or equiv­a­lent.
  • 3.0 cumu­la­tive under­grad­u­ate GPA, or bet­ter.
  • Rec­om­mend­ed cours­es: Pre­vi­ous course­work in Nutri­tion and/or Biol­o­gy, and Sta­tis­tics is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed.
  • Com­put­er with 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 we look for in an Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion 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, a 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 a MS in Applied Nutri­tion as demon­strat­ed in their appli­ca­tion let­ter.

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.

Step 2

  • Upload all sup­port­ing doc­u­ments:
    • Pro­fes­sion­al Resume/CV
    • Goal Statement/Essay: 500 — 1000 words. This state­ment should describe per­son­al devel­op­ment and future goals; rel­e­vant pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence; inter­est in grad­u­ate study in applied nutri­tion; and the capac­i­ty to suc­ceed in a dis­tance learn­ing for­mat, i.e. self-moti­vat­ed, self-start­ed, com­fort­able with and access to a com­put­er and the inter­net.

Step 3

  • Request an offi­cial tran­script reflect­ing con­fer­ral of bachelor’s degree. Sub­mit offi­cial tran­scripts reflect­ing con­fer­ral of bachelor’s degree from a region­al­ly-accred­it­ed uni­ver­si­ty. 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
Online World­wide Learn­ing
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 non-refund­able $40 appli­ca­tion fee

Our Enroll­ment Coun­selors are here to help you under­stand the admis­sion require­ments and assist you through­out the entire appli­ca­tion process. Please con­tact us at (855) 751‑4447 or right away if you have any ques­tions about the pro­gram or appli­ca­tion require­ments.

Application Procedures and Policies

  • Transfer credit

    To request con­sid­er­a­tion for trans­fer cred­it, the stu­dent must pro­vide an offi­cial tran­script, a course syl­labus, and com­plete the trans­fer cred­it form. For a copy of the trans­fer cred­it form, con­tact your enroll­ment coun­selor. Trans­fer cred­it is award­ed at the dis­cre­tion of the Grad­u­ate Pro­grams in Applied Nutri­tion.

    Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Applied Nutri­tion: 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, cours­es must:

    1. Be clas­si­fied as grad­u­ate lev­el.
    2. Have been tak­en with­in five years of appli­ca­tion.
    3. Have been com­plet­ed with a grade of “B” or bet­ter.
    4. Be equiv­a­lent to one of the required pro­gram cours­es.
    5. Not have been applied toward any oth­er degree at UNE or else­where.
  • Expiration of Application Materials

    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.

  • Non-Matriculated Enrollment

    Stu­dents not seek­ing a degree may enroll into 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 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.

  • International Admissions

    International Students

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

Your Applied Nutrition Enrollment Counselors

Con­tact an enroll­ment coun­selor to dis­cuss your degree plan, or for any ques­tions about the Applied Nutri­tion pro­gram.

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