Graduate Programs

Application Procedures

Graduate program application supporting documents should be submitted when you apply to CSU at: http://gradadmissions.colostate.edu/apply

NOTE: Official transcripts should be sent to:

  • Graduate Admissions
  • Office of Admissions, 1062
  • Colorado State University
  • Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Questions can be directed to:

  • Paula Coleman
  • Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • 234 Gifford Building
  • 502 W. Lake Street
  • Fort Collins, CO, 80523-1571
  • Paula.Coleman@colostate.edu


The GRE and TOEFL (for international students) are required as part of the application. We look for all GRE scores to be above the 50th percentile. GRE scores are good for 5 years. MCAT scores can be substituted for the GRE. For the TOEFL, we look for scores of 80 (internet version), 550 (paper), 213 (computer), or 6.5 on IELTS.

Official transcript translation (for international applicants) – please ensure that official transcripts include a certified translation into English.

GRE, TOEFL, and IELTS scores should be reported to:
Colorado State University (code # 4075).

The Statement of Purpose should include the following, in no particular order:

  • a little about yourself, your background and how you got interested in nutrition;
  • your specific interest area(s) (Nutritional Sciences, Community Nutrition, etc.);
  • any particular focus within your interest area, e.g., childhood obesity or food security, etc. (This does not limit you but gives us an idea of where you are leaning);
  • briefly, why you want the MS or PhD – what do you intend to do with your degree; and
  • if appropriate, why you want to become a Registered Dietitian.