What is a Qualified Candidate?

The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition at JMU is a competitive and selective program whereby a limited number of students (maximum of 15) are admitted annually for May. Meeting the criteria for application does not guarantee admission into the program.

Strong applicants will have a health-related background, volunteer experience, strong research interest, good GPA, good science scores, and completed all prerequisites prior to the start of the program


  • Courses in nutrition, microbiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, human anatomy, human physiology, psychology, and statistics are prerequisites for admission to the program.
  • 100 hours of documented experience with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Current ServSafe Manager certificate

Faculty of the program is looking for students who:

  • Have a love for foods and nutrition
  • Have a passion for helping others with effective nutrition therapies and various physical activity modalities
  • Have a thirst for knowledge
  • Have strong science GPAs
  • Have a desire to learn about and conduct quality research
  • Work well in an interprofessional team environment
  • Meet all prerequisites of the program
  • Can manage time effectively and handle stressful situations
  • Are creative and self-motivated
  • Have volunteered in a healthcare or community environment