Admissions Requirements

Doctoral degree applicants to the OSUN Ph.D. program should have a baccalaureate or master’s degree in nutrition or a related biological science. To be considered for admission, applicants are expected to meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Cumulative point hour ratio of 3.30 in previous course work.
  • If from a country where the primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of at least 600 on the paper version or 100 on the Internet-based version (IBT), and an 8.0 on the IELTS is preferred.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is no longer required for admission. However, if GRE scores strengthen the overall admission package, applicants are encouraged to submit the scores.   Institution code is #1592.

 A master’s degree is preferred, however, students with an exceptional record in a baccalaureate program and experience in a research setting may be admitted directly into the doctoral program.

The evaluation of the applicant's potential to successfully define and conduct doctoral research is expected in the letters from references. All letters of recommendation must be submitted on official letterhead unless submitted through the online system.

The autobiographical and goals essay should be approximately 500 to 1,000 words. It should indicate factors that have stimulated the applicant's interest in science in general and in nutrition in particular. The applicant is expected to provide information about career goals, and areas of nutrition research of special interest including the identification of specific OSUN faculty with appropriate expertise. Relevant information about undergraduate or graduate research experiences, especially those related to the nutrition sciences, is appropriate.

OSUN prioritizes applications based on the student's research interest and advisor availability. Students are highly encouraged to contact potential faculty members and discuss research opportunities before applying.