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Graduate Admission Requirements

Students will indicate an academic area of specialization of either Nutrition or Exercise Physiology for their course work. The Nutrition & Exercise Physiology PhD program is combined.

Application Deadline
PhD Program: December 30th
Application Deadline
MS Program: February 15th
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Applications will be considered after these deadlines but they will not be eligible for all fellowships and assistantships.

To apply online. All applications must be prepared and submitted online via the University of Missouri Graduate School. Graduate school application fees will be waived.

Application Instructions »


Entering students are expected to have undergraduate training (lecture and laboratory courses) in general and organic chemistry and biology, a two-semester course in biochemistry and an upper-level human nutrition course.

Exercise Physiology:

Entering MS students are expected to have undergraduate training in biology, chemistry, anatomy/physiology, and exercise physiology. It is also advantageous to have nutrition, biochemistry and organic chemistry, but not required.


Entering PhD students should have a completed master's, ideally with a thesis, and have the same required courses as MS, but Organic I is required. Biochemistry and Nutrition would be ideal.

Exercise Physiology Program Applicants must have:

  • 3.00 undergraduate GPA
  • 3.5 graduate GPA
  • Competitive GRE scores to be admitted unconditionally. Students should have completed the following classes: biology; chemistry; anatomy; physiology; and exercise physiology. Ideally classes in biochemistry, organic chemistry, and basic nutrition should be completed.

Students applying for the MS-Exercise Physiology please indicate in your personal statement if you are interested in the thesis option or the internship option. TOEFL scores are required from international applicants. Applications are reviewed in early January for PhD. Applications that come in after the deadline we may consider depending on the size of the applicant pool that year.

Exercise Physiology Handbook (PDF)

Nutritional Sciences Program Applicants must have an average of B or better in science courses (chemistry, biology, physics, biochemistry, mathematics, etc.) taken at an accredited institution and must provide GRE scores. TOEFL scores are required from international applicants.

Nutritional Sciences Handbook (PDF)

Application deadlines for Fall admission:

  • PhD Program: December 30th
  • MS Program: February 15th

Application Instructions »

  • Internet-based test (iBT): 100
  • Paper-based test (PBT): 600

3.0 in science and math classes.

Ben Sauro
Executive Assistant/Graduate Contact
204 Gwynn Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-4288