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Admissions Information - MS-DP Track



  • Completion of a  Hunter Graduate application. Admission is for Fall semester only.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA of at least 3.0 preferred (overall and major).
  • Completion of all prerequisites (minimum 34 credits) by the end of July preceding the Fall semester of expected entry. A 3.3 GPA in all required prerequisite coursework with a minimum grade of "B" for Introductory Nutrition and Food Science, and a minimum grade of "C" for all other courses.
    Prerequisites may be taken at a two- or four-year accredited institution, either in a traditional setting or online.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The ETS GRE code for Hunter is 2301.
    Note: the GRE is not required for applicants with a graduate degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian university.
  • TOEFL exam if undergraduate degree is from a country where English is not the official language.
    Minimum score: 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based).
Application Content Submit all application materials to Hunter Graduate Admissions:
  1. Hunter Graduate online Application
  2. Electronic transcript(s) from all institutions of higher learning attended (official transcript required if currently attending Hunter)
  3. Statement of interest (500 words maximum)
  4. 2 letters of recommendation
  5. Resume
  6. GRE scores (Hunter ETS GRE code =2301) and TOEFL scores, if applicable
Application Deadline
March 1
Non US-institution: 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 by February 1


Appropriate science/lab classes are a single semester and often denoted as appropriate for health professions. It is preferred that the two Nutrition (NFS) prerequisite courses be completed at Hunter College in class or by Challenge Exam (see below), although this is not required. Please note that you do not need prerequisite courses to be approved in advance. To help as a guide in prerequisite selection, see this course equivalency link from select institutions previous applicants have attended.

Prerequisite Courses Minimum Credits
General Chemistry (with lab) 4 (1 semester)
Organic Chemistry (with lab) 4 (1 semester)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (both with lab) 8 (2 semesters)
Microbiology (with lab) 3
Biochemistry 3
*Intro to Nutrition (or via Challenge Exam)
*Intro to Food Science (or via Challenge Exam)
Statistics or Calculus 3
Psychology or Sociology or Anthropology or Economics 3
TOTAL Minimum Credits 34 credits

*Introduction to Nutrition (NFS 14100) and Introduction to Food Science I (NFS 13100) are offered each semester.



The self-study Challenge Exams are offered to establish competency and to fulfil the prerequisite Introduction to Food Science (NFS 13100) and Introduction to Nutrition (NFS 14100) requirements. Those taking the exam must purchase the course textbook, study the material independently, and pass the exam with a minimum 80% score. The cost of each exam is $125.00.

Note: There are no exam study guides or practice tests available, and the exam is not credit-bearing. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. Exam takers must score at least 80% (grade of 'B') to pass You do not have to be a Hunter student to take these exams. If you are planning to apply to other schools, check with them if they will accept this exam in lieu of registering for these introductory courses.

The Hunter Nutrition Program administers the exams 3 times per year, in May, August, and December. To schedule to take the exam or for admissions inquiries, please email Professor Ellen Passov at:

The next exam will be held on December 13, 2017
at the Hunter Silberman Campus, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th St) in room 506 from 11am-1pm.

On the day of the exam, please bring a check for $125.00 made payable to "Hunter College Nutrition & Food Science"), a #2 pencil, and a calculator.

Challenge Exam Textbooks
Books can be purchased online, from the Hunter College Bookstore and at Barnes & Noble.

  • Nutrition I / Intro to Nutrition (NFS 14100)
  •      Whitney, E.N., and Rolfes, S.R. Understanding Nutrition, 13th Edition, 2013 (12th edition is also acceptable)
         Study chapters 1-13 and be prepared for some mathematical calculation questions (you are allowed to use a calculator)
  • Intro to Food Science (NFS 13100)
  •       McWilliams, M. Food Fundamentals, 10th Edition, Pearson Publishing Co., 2012 (9th edition, 2009 is also acceptable).
          Study chapters 1-19 and be prepared for some mathematical calculation questions (you are allowed to use a calculator)
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