MS, Nutrition

Students pursuing the MS in Nutrition develop a strong foundation in nutrition science while specializing in one of several concentration areas. LEARN MORE.

PhD, Nutritional Sciences

Doctoral students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improve community health by working at the intersection of diet and disease. While sharing a core curriculum, students may specialize in one of two concentrations. LEARN MORE.

How to Apply

The nutrition department application is available and completed through the online graduate application. Applicants are responsible for uploading all required materials to the appropriate place within the online applications. Questions regarding any technical difficulties should be initially addressed through the Graduate Admissions Office.

To begin the application process, you will need to submit an electronic application to the University of Tennessee Graduate Admissions Office.

Application deadline is January 15

If you miss the priority deadline of January 15th, applications may be reviewed on an ongoing basis. However to be considered for an assistantship position, you must have your complete application submitted by the January 15th deadline.

You will need 3 professional recommendations pertinent to the program for which you are applying. Recommendations may be submitted as a letter of recommendation on official letterhead and/or a graduate rating form. The graduate rating form is available from the Graduate School.

GRE Scores
GRE scores are not required by the department. You can self-report your scores by entering the scores in the Nutrition application. The GRE score is good for 5 years. If you self-report your GRE scores, upon acceptance you must have your official scores sent directly to the University of Tennessee Graduate Admissions Office.


A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.

Faculty Research Match-
When you complete your application, you will be asked to list three faculty members in order of preference, which you would like to work with during your graduate studies. You are encouraged to contact the faculty members who you are interested in working with prior to submitting your online application.

Statements you will be asked to submit with your application*

  • Professional goals
  • Research interest
  • Research experience
  • Professional experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Membership and awards

*Statements should be in narrative form and are uploaded as separate word documents.

The requirements for entry and application process to the M.S. concentration in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics as part of the Future Education Model Graduate Program differs from other departmental graduate programs. If this is what you’re interested in, please see the Future Education Model.


Nutrition prerequisite courses:

Nutrition prerequisites are determined on an individual basis at the time of admissions to the graduate program. If you have further questions please contact

University Admissions and Expense Information

Applications to the University of Tennessee and admissions information are available through the Graduate School.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

The department has several types of assistantships available. These include positions as Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates, Graduate Research Assistants, and Graduate Assistants. General information about graduate assistantships is available from the Graduate School website. Specific information about the department’s assistantships is available from its Graduate Handbook.

Graduate Assistantships may be 0.25 or 0.50 time over nine months or twelve months. Assistantships are renewed based upon students’ performance and availability of the assistantship. Students must formally apply for an assistantship to be renewed by December 15 for the following academic year.

Current graduate students in the department who hold, or would like to apply for a teaching assistantship, can apply by filling out an application for a non-grant funded GA/GTA. Submit the application along with the GTA/GA evaluation form (if you are a current GTA/GA), one current reference letter from a current supervisor/advisor/instructor in the Nutrition Department (if you are not currently a GTA/GA), and a graduate transcript by December 15.

Graduate Teaching Assistants/Associates assist in teaching classes, predominantly undergraduate, in the Nutrition Department. Teaching assistantships are more appropriate for graduate students with Nutrition degrees and who have previous teaching experience.

Graduate Research Assistants aid with implementing research that is being conducted in the Nutrition department. Graduate students with research interests matching with that of current research, or specific skills that complement ongoing research, are more appropriate for research assistantships.

Substantial scholarship funding opportunities are available to Nutrition graduate students through the college and university. The application deadline is February 1 each year for upcoming academic year. For details and a link to the application, see CEHHS Graduate Scholarships.

Implementation Science in Community Nutrition and Public Health Nutrition Graduate Student Awards- Some financial assistance awards are specific for Public Health Nutrition graduate students. These include:

Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Leadership Graduate Assistantships
Public Health Nutrition and Community Nutrition graduate students with documented leadership and experience, and who are Registered Dietitian/ Nutritionists, are eligible to apply to become a Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Leadership Trainee. These assistantships are intended for those who plan on working in community or public health nutrition or academia with a focus on the maternal and child population and who plan to become leaders in the field. Stipends for these assistantships are provided by a federally funded training grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Ruth Huenemann Public Health Nutrition Fellowship
On the 50th anniversary of the Public Health Nutrition program at the University of Tennessee, Huenemann’s friends, colleagues, and former students raised funds to support a fellowship in her name. Due in large part to her efforts of writing the grant to establish this program, the University has one of the oldest, most established programs in Public Health Nutrition in the country. Huenemann further re-endowed the award for graduate students who demonstrated professional promise in the field of Public Health Nutrition.

Geraldine Piper Scholarship

Geraldine M. Piper received her master’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Tennessee in 1947. She established this award to assist future generations of students who wish to pursue a career in Nutrition, particularly Public Health Nutrition. This fellowship is awarded to graduate students in Public Health Nutrition or Community Nutrition.

Other Information

If you were accepted into the Nutrition Graduate Program, you received a letter regarding your acceptance and were asked to sign and return your letter indicating your acceptance of the admission offer by the deadline indicated in the letter.

Financial assistantships are considered as they become available and you will be contacted via email if you are awarded an assistantship.

If your email address changes, please send your new email address or contact information to the Department of Nutrition at

Graduate Student Handbook

Graduate Student Research

Graduate student research is an important part of our graduate program. Explore our various faculty labs and the work they are doing.



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