Application requirements include:
- Completion of the Online Application
- Personal Statement (At least one page single spaced)
- Three letters of recommendation
- Official copies of all post-secondary academic transcripts (translated into English)
The GRE is required for applicants to the Ph.D. programs and optional for applicants to the Master of Science programs. Read more about this new change in admissions policy and what it means for your application to the school. For students taking the GRE who seek to refresh their verbal and quantitative skills, self-study materials and sample questions are available from the Educational Testing Service. Students whose native language is not English must meet TOEFL or IELTS requirements.
$70 Application Fee
For questions regarding the application requirements, please contact Richard Moyer, Associate Director of Admissions (617.636.0864, Richard.Moyer@tufts.edu).
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Any material not submitted electronically must be sent via FedEx or DHL services and should be addressed to:
Office of Admissions,
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
150 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
All materials related to an application for admission become the property of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy upon receipt and will not be returned or released to the applicant, either in original or photocopy form.
Because the MNSP program is 30 semester hour units instead of 48 semester hour units, students entering the program must possess a strong background in science. The following prerequisites are necessary for a student to be successful with the program’s curriculum:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (out of a 4.0 equivalent)
College-level courses in the following:
- Principles of Nutrition Science-Tufts offers an online Nutrition course every summer and fall that fulfills this requirement, contact us for more information
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Human Biology or Physiology
Please be advised that students taking General Nutrition courses to fulfill program prerequisites must have those courses approved by the Friedman School in advance.
Questions about prerequisites or eligibility?
Contact Dr. Lynne Ausman, D.SC., Program Director via email or phone (Lynne.Ausman@tufts.edu, 617.636.3712). Dr. Ausman is available to discuss your eligibility for the program and answer specific questions about prerequisites. Making up select prerequisite courses is easy to do. We can help with recommendations, so please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
For admission into the Spring 2021 semester, the priority application deadline is November 15, 2020. Applications after the deadline are accepted as space allows.
For admission into the Summer 2021 semester, the priority application deadline is March 15, 2021. Applications after the deadline are accepted as space allows.
For admission into the Fall 2021 semester, the late application deadeline is June 15. International students must apply no later than May 15.. Applications after the deadline are accepted as space allows.
Tuition for the MNSP program is charged on a per course basis, with semester charges dependent upon the number of courses a student is taking. Tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $5952 per three-credit course. A total of 30 semester hour units are required for the MNSP degree. There are additional yearly University fees totaling $1076. A limited number of merit-based scholarships are awarded each year, with highest consideration given to students who apply by the priority application deadlines.
International students are welcomed into the Master of Nutrition Science and Policy program. Due to the low residency nature of the program, international students should be advised of the following visa and immigration regulations:
- Participation in the MNSP program allows international students to be in the US only during the required onsite residencies.
- Participation in the residencies on a tourist visa is not permitted. International students are issued an I-20 form to obtain an F-1 student visa. A new I-20 must be issued for each residency, at a cost to the student of approximately $200 US.
- To be eligible for the F-1 student visa, international students must register for a minimum of six semester hour unit each semester they are in the program.
- In addition to meeting the standard admission requirements, applicants must possess a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 100 on the internet-based exam or a score of 6.5 on the IELTS exam.
- International students in the MNSP program are not eligible to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon completion of the program.