MSCN Application


Applications for the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition are submitted directly to the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition. To begin the program in the summer of 2015, applications must be submitted by March 15, 2015. Applications submitted for admission during other terms will be considered on an individual basis.

The application packet must include the following components:

  • Application
  • Current resume (with a detailed employment history)
  • Personal statement
  • Work sample
  • Recommendations
  • Proof of status as a Registered Dietitian or verification statement showing completion of an accredited dietetic internship
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable
  • Application fee



Applicants must complete an Application.


Personal Statement

The personal statement should address the following quesions:

  • What are your short-term and long-term professional goals?
  • What areas of nutrition research interest you?
  • What research experience have you had?
  • Why are you applying to pursue a master's degree?
  • Do you have any scientific publications and/or experience with scientific presentations?


Work Sample

Applicants must provide one work sample. Applicants should choose a work sample that demonstrates his or her ability to communicate effectively and professionally via the written word and visual representation. The sample should also have an evidenced-based research focus. The work sample must have been completed in an upper level course within the applicant's Didactic Program in Dietetics or during their dietetic internship or most recent professional position and meet the following criteria:

  • Be the applicant's own work, not the result of a group effort
  • Include both text and at least one graphic, such as a figure, table, picture, etc.
  • Maximum of ten pages



An official transcript is required from each college or university attended and must arrive at OHSU in an official, sealed envelope on or before the application deadline. Current OHSU dietetic interns must only submit their most recent OHSU transcript.



Applicants must submit at least three recommendations. If you have research experience, it is recommended that a recommendation be provided from your research supervisor(s). Applicants must use the Recommendation Form.


Proof of Status

For current or recent graduates of a dietetic internship program (individuals who have yet to become a Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetics Registration (CDR)), the application packet must contain an original signed verification statement signifying completion of a dietetic internship program accredited by Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) or a letter from your dietetic internship director stating that you are in good standing in the program with the intent to complete the dietetic internship prior to matriculation at OHSU. This requirement is waived for current OHSU dietetic interns. Applicants who are Registered Dietitians must provide official documentation from CDR signifying current status as a Registered Dietitian.  Registered Dietitians should call CDR at 1-800-877-1600 ext 5500 and provide their name and RD # and request an official RD verification letter be sent directly to the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition.


GRE Scores

An official report of the GRE scores must be sent by ETS to OHSU. Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing GRE scores of 153 (500 old scale), 148 (600 old scale) and 4.5 or above, respectively, will generally be considered acceptable for admission. Applicants with scores below those levels may still be considered dependent upon other application strengths; however those will require special review by the admissions committee. The GRE requirement is waived for students who are currently enrolled in or graduated from, within the past three years, the OHSU Dietetic Internship program with a GPA of 3.5 or above. The institution code for OHSU is 4865 (Department code can be 0601, 0628, or 0699).


TOEFL Scores

An English proficiency exam, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, is required for all International Students who do not speak English as a native language and do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from a US institution. In general, the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition accepts minimum scores of 600 paper-based, 250 computer based, and 100 Internet-based for the TOEFL, or a minimum 6.5 for the IELTS.


Application Fee

Applicants must submit a $50.00 application fee. Checks should be made payable to the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition. The application fee is wavied for current OHSU dietetic interns.


Application Submission

Completed applications should be sent directly to the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at:

Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition
Oregon Health & Science University
Mail Code: GH 207
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3098

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