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Clinical Nutrition Admissions

Application deadline extended until April 15, 2023. Please take advantage of this extension and get your application submitted for consideration for the fall of 2023! DPD graduates, internship eligible candidates, and degree/career changers are welcome to apply.

There is no cost to apply.

Virtual Information Sessions

We will hold program information sessions via Zoom throughout the application cycle, please select the date below that best fits your schedule to receive the link and invitation:

Important Dates

  • April 15: Application Deadline
  • March/April: Interviews
  • April/May: Admissions Committee makes final decisions
  • August: Classes Begin

Equal Opportunity

We welcome applications regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.


To be considered for our Master of Clinical Nutrition – Coordinated Program, applicants must:

  • Complete a baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution before courses begin in the fall
  • Earn a recommended GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete the required prerequisite courses
  • Complete and submit an online application by February 15
  • Submit official, certified copies of academic records from all colleges and universities attended. Read additional requirements for international students.
  • Prepare a personal statement of career goals
  • Submit three letters of recommendation. (We recommend letters from instructors, professors, and work supervisors who know you and your academic or work performance well.)
  • Submit TOEFL scores (for international students)

Holistic Applicant Evaluation

As you prepare your application, remember that your goal is to demonstrate an unshakable work ethic, a strong desire to join the clinical nutrition profession, and the life, work, and academic experience to handle a demanding curriculum. The Admissions Committee takes a broad range of factors into consideration as we select candidates, including:

  • Quality and quantity of academic preparation. (We consider two grade point averages to be very important: a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a grade of C or better on all prerequisite course work.)
  • Successful completion of all prerequisite coursework
  • Evidence that you have thoroughly researched and understand the profession
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiastic letters of reference
  • A mature, insightful essay

Timing Your Application

The application deadline for the Master of Clinical Nutrition – Coordinated Program is Feb. 15 in the year you wish to be considered for enrollment. We encourage you to apply early if all of your materials are ready.

We’re not able to review applications that arrive late or incomplete. Our Admissions Committee reviews applications after we receive them. The new class each year begins its studies in August.

In-Person Interviews

After reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee selects the group of candidates to be interviewed. If you’re selected, we’ll contact you to arrange a convenient interview time. During your visit, you’ll tour the facilities and meet with faculty.

Acceptance Decisions

After the interviews, our Admissions Committee will make its final decision and let you know in April or May.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the department offers specific scholarships opportunities, which are available to qualified candidates. More information regarding scholarship opportunities and the qualifications will be provided during the application and admissions process.

Information Sessions

Students learn how to inject fluids into a line on the model of a baby

If you’re ready to learn more about UT Southwestern’s Master of Clinical Nutrition – Coordinated Program, please contact us about our information sessions. You can learn more about the program requirements, application process, and opportunities in the profession of nutrition and dietetics. Wear your walking shoes as we will take a campus tour, weather permitting.

To schedule a visit, call 214-648-1520 or email us.