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Application Process

The Health and Nutritional Sciences (HNS) graduate programs 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.

Steps to Apply       

Students seeking admission to graduate study in the HNS Department must apply electronically by completing the Online Graduate School Application. Applications require the following in order to be complete: 

  1. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  2. Official transcripts of all previously established academic records (undergraduate and graduate) sent directly to SDSU from the academic institution. Applicants who attended a South Dakota Regental Institution do not need to take any action, as the Graduate School will access any transcripts for you.
  3. A one-page personal statement identifying applicant aspirations and goals for the profession. If interested in an assistantship, please also identify what you would like to be considered for, as well as, provide a description of the skills and abilities that would qualify you for the assistantship. 
  4. Two professional references
  5. Submission of $35 application fee, paid through the online application system at the time of application submission. 

Applications are due by March 31st. Applicants are encouraged to contact faculty within the department to determine interest and ability to accept graduate students. 

Additional Requirements

Admission consideration to graduate study will be given to students who meet the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Satisfactory GRE scores required for MS and PhD in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. The GRE requirement is waived for all SDSU undergraduates. 
  • International students must meet minimum TOEFL scores of: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79-80 internet-based; IELTS 6.0