Nutritional Sciences


Program Information:

Program Statement:
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Degrees Offered:
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
Area(s) of Specialization: (may appear on ISU transcripts after graduation)
  • Animal Nutrition (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Global Nutrition (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Human Nutrition (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Molecular and Cellular Nutrition (M.S., Ph.D.)
Program Handbook(s):
Learning Goals:
  • Have an in-depth and accurate knowledge and understanding of the field
  • Understand central issues and current research areas that are important in the field
  • Apply theoretical information to solve practical problems
  • Prepare and communicate discipline-specific information in written and oral forms to scientific and lay audiences
  • Design, conduct, and interpret research
  • Facilitate learning in the classroom
How long does it take to earn a degree?
  • Median time to earn the doctorate: 4.8 years (Methods)
  • Median time to earn the master’s: 1.9 years (Methods)

Program Contact:

Contact: Brenda Emery
Phone: 515-294-6442
E-mail Address:

Mailing Address:

    Graduate Program Coordinator
    Nutritional Sciences
    220 MacKay Hall
    Iowa State University
    Ames, IA 50011-1123

Admission Requirements:

Graduate College Requirements:
  • 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Academic Records/Transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (Program may alter requirement.)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.
Program Specific Requirements:
  • Applicants are advised to request letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers who are able to describe in detail characteristics and qualifications which predict that the applicant will succeed in graduate school.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores MUST be valid to be considered for admission.
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Program Requires GRE: No
  • Program Requires GMAT: No
  • Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No
International Requirements:
  • Financial Statement: Application
  • English Proficiency Minimum:
    TOEFL Paper (PBT) 550
    TOEFL Internet (iBT) 79
    IELTS 6.5
    PTE 53
    Duolingo (approved through spring 2025) 105

Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
    January 15 application deadline for Fall Semester.
Application Details:
    This program is open to domestic and international students.

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