Intercollege PhD Nutrition Program Admissions Requirement
Applicants for the Intercollege PhD Nutrition Program should have a BS or MS degree in nutrition or a closely related biological science. Students should have a background that contains:
- a year of general chemistry
- a semester of organic chemistry
- a semester of biochemistry
- an organ-level physiology course
- a basic nutrition course
Highly motivated students with other degrees may be considered if they have excellent academic backgrounds and demonstrated strength in the biological sciences. If admitted without sufficient preparation in these areas, these prerequisites must be made up early in the student’s program. The admissions committee will determine course deficiencies in an applicant’s background.
Minimum grade point average of 3.4 out of 4.0 for applicants with a BS, and 3.6 out of 4.0 for applicants with a MS or other advanced degree
GRE® scores on the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytic writing sections should each be greater than the 50th percentile. GRE scores are valid for five years from the test date.
TOEFL® score of 600 on the paper-based test or 250 on the computer-based test or a minimum TOEFL iBT® score of 100. ETS reports scores for two years after the test date.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score is accepted. The minimum required IELTS score is 7.0. IELTS scores have a recommended two year validity period.
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) institutional code for University of Hawai‘i at Manoa is 4867. A department code is not necessary.
Completed Graduate Admissions Application submitted online.
Three letters of recommendation from people who know your academic strengths and can comment on your suitability for graduate studies.
Original transcripts for academic institutions you have attended (even if you didn’t receive a degree). Transcripts should be mailed directly to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Office of Graduate Education at the address below. Do not send original transcripts to the graduate chair.
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Office of Graduate Education
Spalding Hall 354
2540 Maile Way
Honolulu, HI 96822
A personal resume.
A statement of purpose (<1000 words) that clearly describes:
(1) Why are you interested in nutrition?
(2) What type of nutrition research do you want to do?
(3) Why do you want to attend the University of Hawai‘i to achieve your goals?
You are also encouraged to provide other information you feel will be valuable for the review of your application.
For all other inquires and questions please email: Nutrphd@hawaii.edu
All documents must be received by the Fall Admissions (February 1) or Spring Admissions (September 1) deadline.