Admission Requirements Degree Requirements

Mailing Address:
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition (MC 517)
1919 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612-7256

Campus Location: 650 AHSB
Program Codes: 20FS1506MS
Telephone: (312) 996-4600
Web Site:
Head of the Department: Charles Walter
Director of Graduate Studies: Ziaul Hasan

The Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition offers programs leading to degrees at both the master’s and doctoral levels.

Kinesiology, nutrition, and rehabilitation are multidisciplinary fields that draw upon and integrate subject matter from a variety of disciplines. The master’s degree program in Nutrition as a terminal degree (i.e., not leading to a PhD) is most appropriate for students who wish to apply and critically evaluate their knowledge through practice in healthcare or industry settings and can be combined, for example, with focused course work in other fields such as public health, toxicology, business, or education. Doctoral studies are also available and are designed to lead to academic research and teaching careers or to research careers in government or industry

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. It should be noted that students needing prerequisites for admission can take these courses as nondegree students. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science

  • Baccalaureate Field Applicants for graduate study in nutrition may come from the entire spectrum of undergraduate fields, or from other health professions such as medicine or nursing. Some applicants may not meet all course prerequisites without having to take selected additional undergraduate course work. Minimum prerequisites for full admission to graduate study can be obtained from the department.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study (3.25 preferred); and 3.50/4.00 for all graduate work.
  • Tests Required GRE General; minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 550 (paper-based); 213 (computer-based); 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required.
  • Personal Statement Required.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

Master of Science

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 36 from the baccalaureate.
  • Course Work Selected in consultation with an advisor and individualized to the student’s goals.
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Students select one of these options.
  • Thesis: Students selecting the thesis track must earn at least 5 hours in HN 598.
  • Project: Students selecting the project track must earn at least 5 hours in HN 597.
  • Course Work Only: Students selecting course work only must complete at least 36 hours of 400- and 500-level courses.