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HNS Graduate Student Handbook

The overall goal(s) of the graduate programs are to provide students with the knowledge and experiences that improve the depth and breadth of professional competency, enhance written and oral communication, and promote scholarly pursuits and scientific research to inform practice and/or prepare them for advanced study at the doctoral level.

Application Process and Requirements for Graduate School

Students applying for a program of study in the Health and Nutritional Sciences Department will need to complete the Graduate School Application Form.

The application requires:

  • resume
  • one-page personal statement explaining your aspirations and goals for the profession
  • transcripts from all schools attended
  • references
  • application fee

Applications are due by March 31. It is also advisable to contact the faculty within the department to determine their interest and ability to accept graduate students. An advisor must be available and willing to work with you to be accepted to the program. The Notification Letter of the decision of admittance will come from the SDSU Graduate School.

  • Graduate Assistantships: A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in the department. To receive a graduate assistantship, you must be accepted into one of the MS program of study. In addition to completing the University graduate application and the Health and Nutritional Sciences Department application, students should:
    • Submit a cover letter identifying the graduate teaching/research assistantship you would like to be considered for; and description of the skills and abilities that would qualify you for the assistantship.
    • Any additional reference contact information (if different from the references for the graduate school or department).

Prerequisites for MS in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences:

Nutrition Specialization

Human Nutrition, Anatomy, and Physiology

Exercise Science Specialization

Human Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology, and Exercise Physiology

  • GPA: Minimum GPA for admission consideration is 3.0.
  • GRE: Required for MS and PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
  • TOEFL: Department requirements of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79-80 Internet-based; IELTS 6.0.


The College of Education and Human Sciences offers scholarships annually to students enrolled in the college. The Student Online Scholarship Application is available on MyState under the "My Info" tab. The application window is between mid December to early February. Students can look for announcements on MyState along with several banners/pamphlets hanging throughout campus.

For additional information contact:

Department of Health & Nutritional Sciences
College of Education and Human Sciences
SWG 425, Box 2275A
Brookings, SD 57007

Phone: 605-688-5161
Fax: 605-688-5603