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Admission Requirements

Due date:
Applicants to the Food and Nutrition programs who have
undergraduate prerequisites to complete that are only offered
during the day should apply by February 1 for fall admission
and September 1 for spring admission. Students who apply
late may still begin their studies if seats are available in the day

  1. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended as an undergraduate or graduate student.
    1. Applicants are required to possess an overall under graduate quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale including acceptable grades in science courses.
    2. Courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, and Biostatistics must have been successfully completed within the last five years. Students may inquire about challenge exams.
    3. Students who wish to fulfill the academic requirements (DPD) for becoming a Registered Dietitian and who have not completed prerequisite courses in their undergraduate curriculum are encouraged to apply. Your advisor will create a plan of study which integrates prerequisite courses and graduate courses once designated prerequisite courses are completed. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in each prerequisite course and an overall average of B.
    4. Applicants who do not fulfill the QPA requirement but have a minimum quality point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale and a satisfactory GRE score will be considered for admission after they complete two prerequisite courses at Framingham State University. These courses must have prior approval and must be completed with a grade of B or better.
  2. Applicants must submit official test score reports for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  3. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, and/or colleagues, submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University by the recommender.
  4. Applicants must submit a typed, 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities and career plans.

Applicants are evaluated based on numerous factors including previous college course work; Graduate Record Examination scores; letters of recommendation; and personal statement.


  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Applications remaining incomplete for over one year will be discarded.


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Phone: 508-620-1220