Admission Requirements:  

MS Program

Advanced Certificate Program

  • completion of a baccalaureate degree with a preferred GPA of 3.0
  • three letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s)
  • an essay that addresses the following: Explain how the Graduate Program in Nutrition will help you achieve your short-term and long-term goals.

GREs are NOT required for admission into this program.

 3 credits in each of the following:

  • physiology (laboratory not required), with a grade of C+ or better
  • statistics, with a grade of C+ or better
  • an introductory nutrition course if the undergraduate degree is not in nutrition/dietetics, with a grade of B or better. Prospective students can take the Survey of Nutrition Concepts course offered by the Program as a non-matriculated student or another similar course with prior approval of the Associate Director. Alternatively, prospective students can be admitted into the Program with the condition that they successfully complete the Survey of Nutrition Concepts course. If the student successfully completes the Survey of Nutrition Concepts course, they can then proceed with registration for the following semester.

 3 credits in:

  • physiology (laboratory not required), with a grade of C+ or better


Recency of Education Policy:

If the prerequisites were completed more than 10 years ago, a student would have to complete, with a grade of C+ or better (unless otherwise noted), the following:

For a student interesting in applying for the MS program, those 9 credits would include: 

  • Physiology (no lab required) 
  • Statistics 
  • Comprehensive Introduction to Nutrition Course (HFN 500 or another course with approval of Associate Director). Applicant must have earned at least a B in this course.

For a student interested in applying for the certificate program, those 9 credits would include:

  • Physiology (no lab required)

Applicants will be conditionally accepted and must complete HFN 500, Survey of Nutrition Concepts, with a B or better. Upon successful completion, the applicant will be fully matriculated into the Certificate program and this course will go towards Certificate requirements.

All applicants to the Graduate Programs will be carefully reviewed by the Program's Admissions Review Committee. Candidates are selected based on demonstrated ability to succeed academically, references, appropriate volunteer/work experience, and written communication skills.

Transfer Credit:

A student can request up to six credits of graduate coursework be transferred and applied to program course requirements; transfer credits cannot be used toward program concentration course requirements.  Any coursework used to meet graduate requirements for another degree will not be accepted except in the case of Stony Brook pre-approved coordinated programs and must have been taken in the prior 5 years.

Program faculty will review any requests for transfer credit and students will be notified of the decision. In order for transfer credit to be considered, a student must have earned a C+ or better and course content must match with the content of a specific course. 

Transfer credits will not be accepted for the Advanced Certificate.      

A student who is matriculated in the Advanced Certificate or who has completed the Advanced Certificate may continue on to the Master of Science in Nutrition if they have maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of a C+ in any one course. 

International Applicants

For international applications, please see information at this link regarding additional University requirements including submission of TOEFL scores and WES transcript evaluations. 

Tuition/Financial Aid

Students may be eligible for financial aid and can discuss loan options with the Financial Aid Office located in the Stony Brook Union (631) 632-6840 or email to

 Tuition and fees can found on the Student Financial Services website.  Any questions regarding tuition payment and bills can be directed to Student Financial Services via its Contact Page.


The Graduate Nutrition Program does not provide any scholarships.  There are scholarships available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and can be found on the Academy's website.

Stony Brook MS students who have won scholarships through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

2019-2019:  Morgan Ashley, Lydia J. Roberts Memorial Scholarship in Public Health Nutrition