Admission Requirements:  

  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from a US-accredited college/university or foreign equivalent with a preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Language placement exam if English is not the first or primary language; refer to SBU website for more information:
  • 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.

Required Prerequisites

Minimum Credits

Taken within 5 years of the start of the program

Human Biology 3  
Statistics 3  
Chemistry - inclusive of biochemistry 6 Yes
Physiology 3 Yes
*Introductory nutrition coursework - inclusive of nutrition physiology and metabolism and foundations of nutrition therapy 6 Yes

*In place of the introductory nutrition coursework, students are eligible for conditional admission pending successful completion, with a grade of B or better, the following courses: 

  • HFN 507: Nutrition Physiology and Metabolism
  • HFN 508: Concepts in Nutrition Therapy

*If you are a registered dietitian with current CDR registration, you have met all coursework prerequisites regardless of recency.

If you are a licensed health care provider, other than an RD, requests for exemptions to the recency policy as it applies to specific prerequisites can be considered. Please contact the Program for more information.

The Advanced Nutrition Therapy and Critical Care or Integrative Nutrition Therapy concentrations requires the applicant to either be an RD or have earned a DPD Verification statement.

GREs are not required.

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. 

International Applicants


Degree programs that are fully online or that only offer online courses in the first semester are not eligible for 1-20 issuance.  International students in F-1 or J-1 status are not eligible to enroll in these programs.  

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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