International Students

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Clinical Nutrition – Registered Dietitian/Licensed Health Professional Track. UT Southwestern is a dynamic and diverse learning community that welcomes hundreds of students from around the world each year. As you prepare your application, here are some important tips to remember:

Academic Prerequisites

You’ll need to complete all of the program prerequisites, even if you’ve earned a medical degree in another country.


We need original transcripts translated into English from each college or university you’ve attended. Please mail these original transcripts — not notarized copies — to the UT Southwestern Admissions Office, 5323 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75390-9162. Please keep copies of the transcripts you send because we’ll own the originals and won't be able to provide duplicates.

Transcript Evaluations

We also need an independent evaluation of your transcripts if you received your degree from a university outside of the United States. Please send these evaluations to the Admissions Office before the application deadline. The evaluation should include subject breakdown, semester credit hours, and grade for each undergraduate course. Here are contact details for some frequently used commercial evaluation agencies:

Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Phone: 414-289-3400


International Education Research Foundation
Credentials Evaluation Service
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
Phone: 310-258-9451

Educational Records Evaluation Service
777 Campus Commons Road
Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95825-8309
Phone: 916-565-7475


World Education Service
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Phone: 212-966-6311

Test of English as a Foreign Language

If English is not your native language, we need to know that you speak it well enough to perform effectively as a student.

We can accept either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Please send your score to the Admissions Office before the application deadline. We recommend a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper exam, 250 on the computer-based exam, and 100 on the iBT exam. If you choose to take the IELTS, the minimum recommended score is 7.

If your score is more than two years old, we may ask you to take the test again. Our TOEFL school code is 6686.

Visas and Immigration

The UT Southwestern International Affairs Office has a host of resources for international students and can provide additional information about visas and immigration.


International students also may need to meet special requirements before they can be licensed as registered dietitians in the state of Texas. Check with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians for more details.