Admissions Information

 

Admission Requirements for MS specializations

Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA (overall and major) of at least 3.0 preferred; Graduate Record Exam (General GRE) (waived for those with graduate degree from accredited U.S. university); TOEFL is required if undergraduate degree is from a country where the official language is a language other than English; at least one year of experience in public health or related field; Resume; Completed application; Essay; Two letters of recommendation.

Additional Admission Requirements

33 credits of: general and organic chemistry w/ labs; anatomy & physiology w/ labs; microbiology w/ lab; introductory foods and introductory nutrition; psychology/ sociology/anthropology/economics and statistics or calculus. A 3.3 GPA in all required pre-requisite coursework: with no grade less than “C” for the Sciences and Statistics and no grade less than a “B” for the Introductory Nutrition and Food Science courses.

Admission occurs in the fall only.

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All degree-seeking students must complete the SOPHAS application. 

DEADLINE: MARCH 1

Acceptance for the Hunter Campus programs occurs once a year, for the Fall semester only.(Applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas must submit their applications no later than February 1 to be considered for Fall admission.)

The Nutrition MS-DP is a 41 credit master’s degree program taken over 4 semesters (2 years) ( Note: an additional 33 credits of prerequisite coursework is required, as outlined below.)

This option is for all students who have a baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree in areas other than dietetics or nutrition (these students would need to complete a set of prerequisite courses prior to applying to the program). This track also includes students who have completed their undergraduate degree in Nutrition or Dietetics (that is more than five years old) or is an international degree. Student with a BS in NFS from Hunter and are returning to complete their MS-DP (i.e did not go the accelerated route but are taking a break in their education) are also eligible. This specialization is a DP and is designed for students who have NOT previously completed a DP program.

Prerequisite Requirements for Entry into the MS, DP

Students may obtain the academic requirements during their baccalaureate degree or through post baccalaureate study at a community, four-year or graduate college.  It is preferred that the NFS prerequisite courses be completed at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College.

Prerequisite Courses

Credits

General Chemistry (with lab)

4.5

Organic Chemistry (with lab)

4.5

Anatomy and Physiology I & II (both with lab)

9

Microbiology

3

Nutrition*

3

Food Science I*

3

Statistics or Calculus

3

Psychology/ Sociology/Anthropology/Economics  

3

TOEFL (for the international student) TOEFL score of: 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application


TOTAL

33 credits

*these 2 courses can be taken as a self-study (more information below)

Students may obtain the academic requirements during their baccalaureate degree or through post baccalaureate study at a community, four-year or graduate college. If you have not taken any of the science pre-requisites, it's best to start off with General Chemistry, since it’s a pre-requisite for Organic Chemistry, as well as for Anatomy and Physiology. Make sure that the General Chemistry course you take will be the appropriate prerequisite for an Organic Chemistry course (each must have a lab component and be at least 4 to 4.5 credits). For the Anatomy & Physiology course sequence, it must be “Human Anatomy and Physiology” and it must be a year-long, 2 part sequence, also with labs and at least 4 to 4.5 credits. Please note that you do not need these science courses to be approved in advance.   Just follow the guidelines provided above, since they are general, introductory science courses offered at most schools It is preferred that the NFS prerequisite courses be completed at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College or satisfied with the Self-Study “Challenge Exams” ( CLICK HERE for more details).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who is a registered dietitian?

A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential “RD,” as determined by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.. In addition to RD credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. State requirements frequently are met through the same education and training required to become an RD.

What are educational requirements to become a registered dietitian?

Registered dietitians must meet the following criteria to earn the RD credential:

1. Complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university/college.

2. Complete didactic course work accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).

3. Complete an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program (internship) at a healthcare facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation, or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to twelve months in length.

4. Pass the national dietetics exam administered by Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

More info on the field of dietetics can be found on the American Dietetic Association website at: www.eatright.org

Will my prerequisites transfer?

International students are required to have their transcripts evaluated into the US system. Please note while we will evaluate your transcripts for courses we believe you have fulfilled, you will not have final approval on transferred courses until you have formally applied to Hunter.

Do you allow exemption from any courses in your program?

Upon admission to the program, you will be offered the opportunity to apply for exemption by submitting a detailed syllabus of the course you have taken (see DP Transcript Evaluation Policy document, below). Courses will be evaluated for equivalence to our classes provided they were taken during the past 5 years with a grade of B or better. You will be required to demonstrate that the course you completed was equivalent to the course we offer by taking and passing a challenge exam (see below).

Must I Complete All My Prerequisite Courses By The Time I Apply?

No. Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the Spring semester. However, we require students to have completed or registered for at least five of the seven prerequisite courses (General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Intro to Nutrition, Foods I, Statistics) prior to applying (typically the deadline is March 1). Qualified students will receive a conditional offer of acceptance as long as they can offer a feasible schedule for completion of their prerequisite course work. Accepted students who fail to complete all prerequisites will not be allowed to enter the program.

What is the deadline for Application?

We accept students once per year--in the Fall semester only. The application deadline for graduate admissions is March 1. The online applications can be found at https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=Hunter-G. Decisions are typically made by mid-May and the program starts in late August. Students who are not accepted and wish to reapply must submit a new application.

How Many Students Apply to the MS- DP Program, How Many Are Admitted?

We expect to receive around 90 applications and accept up to 25 students per year.

How Does The Department Decide Who Will Be Admitted To The Program?

The department objectively evaluates each applicant using a point system. Grade point averages for science and other prerequisite courses, as well as overall GPA are considered. Quality of personal statement, letters of recommendation are also extremely important. Scores on the GRE exam are also considered. Applicants with the highest admissions points are accepted into the program, and the remaining qualified applicants will be placed on an alternate list. In the event that any of the accepted students are unable to enter the program, an alternate will be offered a position in the program.

What Is The Profile of a Typical Successful Applicant?

We have a unique applicant pool each year, so it is difficult to make generalizations. However, based on the 2nd degree applications received in the past, all students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.3 on a 4.0 scale to be considered for admission to the DP. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, we cannot accept every student who applies. We encourage students to apply to other accredited nutrition programs to provide a back-up options in case we are unable to extend an offer of acceptance at Hunter.

Can I Be A Part-Time Student If I Am Accepted Into The Program?

The MS-DP is a highly rigorous and structured program. Each semester’s course work builds on that of the previous semester and all courses must be completed in a particular sequence, therefore part-tim is not recommended.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

A minimum of 2 letters are required, however we will accept no more than 3 in total.

Is there any Financial Assistance Available?

Various scholarship and loan programs are available through Hunter to help qualified graduate students meet their financial obligations. Please see the Office of Financial Aid website at: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/finaid/

How should I start taking the prerequisites and determine course equivalencies?  

If you have not taken any of the science pre-requisites, it's best to start off with General Chemistry, since it’s a pre-requisite for Organic Chemistry, as well as for Anatomy and Physiology. Make sure that the General Chemistry course you take will be the appropriate prerequisite for an Organic Chemistry course (each must have a lab component and be at least 4 to 4.5 credits). For the A& P course sequence, it must be Human Anatomy and Physiology and it must be a year-long, 2 part sequence.

 


Prospective students are strongly encouraged to attend the MS Nutrition Information Session  (CLICK HERE to RSVP) and take some time to review the content that is posted here. The Information Session is the best place to bring your questions, as we do not have the resources to meet with students individually at this time.

 


CHALLENGE/SELF STUDY EXAMINATIONS

Challenge examinations for Nutrition I (NFS 141) and Food Science I (NFS 131) are available through the Nutrition and Food Science specialization of CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. This option is available only to prospective graduate students who are interested in completing the required coursework to fulfill the DP (didactic program) and attain the competencies necessary to obtain a verification statement, which permits them to apply for a dietetic internship and eventually sit for the registration examination. CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter’s DP is approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 

GUIDELINES

As a graduate student you have the option of completing the Hunter college requirements for “Nutrition I” (NFS 141) as well as “Food Science I” (NFS 131) on a "self-study" basis. To complete the self-study, one must purchase the course textbook, study the material independently, and pass the "challenge exam" (administered in May, August, and December). The books can be purchased online or from the Hunter College Bookstore and at Barnes &Noble.

There are no study guide/practice tests available. You will need to study the material for this self-study option on your own. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. You must score at least 80% to pass the exam. You will not receive any academic credits on your transcript for taking these exams since you do not officially register for the classes. Also note, you do not have to be a Hunter student to take these exams. If you are planning to apply to other schools you must check with them to see if they will accept this option in lieu of passing these introductory level courses.

NUTRITION I (NFS 141):

To complete the NFS 141 (Nutrition I) Self-Study you must do the following:

  • Obtain the required textbook- Whitney, E.N., and Rolfes, S.R.

    Understanding Nutrition, 13th Edition, West Publishing Co. Minneapolis/ St. Paul, 2013
    (Note: 12th edition 2010 is fine too).
  • Study chapters 1-13 of the text
  • Be prepared for some mathematical calculation questions (you are allowed to use a calculator)

FOOD SCIENCE (NFS 131):

To complete the NFS 131 (Food Science I) Self-Study you must do the following:

  • Obtain the required textbook- McWilliams, M. Food Fundamentals,
    10th Edition, Pearson Publishing Co., 2012 (Note: 9th edition, 2009 - fine too).
  • Study chapters 1-19 of text.
  • Be prepared for some mathematical calculation questions (you are allowed to use a calculator)

The next Challenge Exam will be offered on:

FALL: Tue Dec 16 (10:00-12:10 pm, Silverman Room SB 610)

SPRING: Third Week of May 2015 ... date/time/room TBD

SUMMER: August 2015 …date/time/room TBD

Also note, the Intro to Nutr course is offered as an accelerated three week course in June. The Summer course meets Mon—Thurs 10:10–1:15 pm from 6/2 through 6/23

The cost of each exam is $125.00. Please bring a check for $125.00 (made payable to “Hunter College Nutrition &Food Science”), a #2 pencil, and a calculator with you on the day you take the challenge exam. To schedule the exam, email knavder@hunter.cuny.edu.

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