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Admissions Information - MS-DP Track


  • Completion of a  Hunter Graduate application. Admission is for Fall semester only.

    Note: Current Hunter College seniors (undergraduate) may be eligible for an application fee waiver. When submitting the application, please select 'Pay by Check' but do not submit a payment. Contact for how to request this waiver.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university with GPA=> 3.0 preferred (overall and major).
  • Completion of all prerequisites (minimum 34 credits) by the end of July preceding the Fall entry semester. 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. Courses need not be pre-approved by Hunter Nutrition.
  • TOEFL exam if applicant's 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. Hunter ETS GRE* code =2301 for TOEFL scores, if applicable. *The GRE is optional and is not required for application to the MS DPD or MS IPND Programs.
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 nursing/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. Note: you do not need prerequisite courses to be approved in advance
To help prerequisite selection, see this course equivalency link from select institutions others have attended.

Prerequisite Courses (click on course name/lab for sample syllabus)
Minimum Credits
General Chemistry (with lab) 4 (1 semester)
Organic Chemistry (with lab) 4 (1 semester)
Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with lab) 4 (1 semester)
Human Anatomy and Physiology II  (with lab) 4 (1 semester)
Microbiology (with lab) 3
Biochemistry (should have organic chemistry prerequisite)
*Intro to Nutrition (or via Challenge Exam)
*Intro to Food Science (or via Challenge Exam)
Psychology or Sociology or Anthropology or Economics 3
TOTAL Minimum Credits 34 credits

*Introduction to Nutrition (NFS 14100) and Introduction to Food Science (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.There are no study guides or practice tests available, and the exam is not credit-bearing. Exam takers do not have to be Hunter students. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions.  Those planning to apply to other schools should clarify 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 at the Hunter Silberman Campus, 2180 Third Avenue (at 119th St).  For inquiriesplease email Nzinga Ajani at To schedule the exam please complete this online form.

Upcoming dates:

August TBA

December TBA

Exam is given 11.00 AM - 1.00 PM, ONLINE

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 (calculators are allowed during exam). We will email payment instructions if the exam will be online.

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, 15th Edition, 2018 (14th edition 2016 also acceptable)
     Study chapters 1-13 and be prepared for some mathematical calculation questions.

Intro to Food Science (NFS 13100)

     McWilliams, M. Food Fundamentals, 10th Edition, Pearson Publishing Co., 2012 (9th edition also acceptable)
     Study chapters 1-19 and be prepared for some mathematical calculation questions.


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