Framingham State campus

Admission Requirements

Due date
Applicants to the Food and Nutrition programs who have
undergraduate prerequisites to complete that are only offered
during the day should apply by January 1 for fall admission
and September 1 for spring admission. Students who apply
late may still begin their studies if seats are available in the day
courses. Applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

Admission to the program is a competitive process. Individuals possessing a baccalaureate degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution are eligible to apply for admission. Applicants are evaluated based on numerous factors including previous college coursework; Graduate Record Examination scores; letters of recommendation; and personal statement. The personal statement describes the applicant’s goals and reasons for applying to the graduate program.

1. The applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended as an undergraduate or graduate student.

    • Applicants must have an overall undergraduate quality point average (QPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale including acceptable grades in science and mathematics courses.
    • Courses in Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, and Biostatistics must have been successfully completed within the last five years. Students may inquire about challenge exams.
    • Applicants who wish to fulfill the academic requirements (DPD) for becoming a Registered Dietitian and who have not completed prerequisite courses in their undergraduate curriculum are encouraged to apply. Your advisor will create a plan of study which integrates prerequisite courses and graduate courses as designated prerequisite courses are completed. Students must earn a grade of B- (2.70) or better in each prerequisite course, and an overall average of B (3.00). Students who earn a C- (1.70) or lower grade in undergraduate prerequisite courses required for the graduate program are subject to dismissal from the program.
    • Students who do not fulfill the QPA requirement but have a minimum QPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale and satisfactory GRE scores will be considered for admission after they complete two prerequisite courses at Framingham State University. These courses must have prior approval and must be completed with a grade of B or better.

  1. Applicants must submit official text score reports for the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE), which includes verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. Preferred scores are: 150 verbal; 150 math; 4.0 writing.
  2. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, and/or colleagues, submitted on the Framingham State University Letter of Recommendation form and sent directly to the University by the recommender.
  3. Applicants must submit a 300-word personal statement discussing their motivation for seeking a master’s degree in view of prior formal education, current job responsibilities and career plans.


  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Applications remaining incomplete for over one year will be discarded.
  3. Refer to appropriate catalog for Degree Requirements for prior years.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220