Admission Information

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How do I submit an application?

Students should complete an online application:

What is the application deadline? 

The M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science program does not have a specific deadline; the program has rolling admission and accepts students starting both the spring and fall semesters. However, we recommend that you submit your application and supporting materials as early as possible.  Registration begins several months before the start of a term, so late applicants are less likely to get the courses they need.  Also, it takes about four weeks for us to review your completed application and supporting documents.

What materials are required as part of the application? 

 The following materials are required for admission to the M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science program (click each item for further detail):

  • A completed online application
  • Application fee
    • There is a nonrefundable application fee of $60.
      • When applying online, you will receive a follow-up email giving you the option of paying this fee with your MasterCard or Discover Card.
      • You may send a check or money order made payable to Montclair State University to:

        Montclair State University
        The Graduate School
        College Hall Room 203
        1 Normal Avenue
        Montclair, NJ 07043
  • Official transcripts
    • Official transcripts are required from each school you have attended.
    • It is the responsibility of the applicant to request and arrange for all official transcripts to be sent to The Graduate School.
    • An official transcript bears the institution's raised insignia and is individually sealed by their respective Registrar/Records Office. The transcript must arrive unopened in its original envelope. It is highly recommended that the transcript be sent directly from the institution to The Graduate School. If the envelope is opened prior to arriving at the University, it is no longer considered official.
    • If you studied under a maiden name or prior name, your institution must indicate both prior and current names on your transcript.
    • Do not request a transcript from the Montclair State University Registrar if Montclair is listed on your application as a previous or current institution. The Graduate School will obtain your Montclair State University transcript directly.
    • Including your U.S. Social Security number on your transcript or transmittal sheet will expedite processing of your application.
    • Applicants with non-U.S. degrees need not submit transcripts. Instead, they must submit a course-by-course evaluation of their coursework from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( ). Please note: Applicants who have an international education may not apply as a last-term senior. 
  • Personal Statement
    • The statement or essay, in which you present your reasons for your proposed graduate studies, is an important component of the admission decision process, and applications will not be reviewed without it.  The required personal statement is a response to the prompt below:
    • Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions:
      • What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
      • In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected an in your eventual career?  Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
      •  Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Please submit two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation from former professors who are familiar with your academic work and/or from employers, supervisors or other professionals who can comment on your background, experiences, and motivation to succeed.  Friends, family members, or fellow students are not appropriate sources for letters of recommendation, and your application will not be considered complete if one of your references is from these sources.
  • GRE scores (test must have been taken within the past 5 years)
    • All applicants must submit GRE scores.  The institutional code for score reporting for the GRE is:  2520.   You must have taken the exam within the past 5 years.

Students who have completed Montclair State University’s Certificate of Nutrition and Exercise Science with a GPA of 3.2 or above, students who have earned a previous master’s degree (or higher) from an accredited U.S. college or university, and students who have earned the equivalent of a U.S. master’s degree (or higher) from an international institution as evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member may request a GRE waiver.  To request a waiver, you must first apply to the program.  Once you have submitted your application, you may complete and submit the Standardized Test Waiver Form (

Special note for International Students: The TOEFL is required for applicants who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. 

Where should I send materials that are not part of the online application?

Unless otherwise indicated, all materials should be sent to:

Montclair State University
The Graduate School
College Hall Room 203
Montclair, NJ 07043                   

The Graduate School compiles all application materials and forwards the entire completed application packet to the Department Admissions Committee.  Please do NOT send materials directly to the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences or to the M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science program faculty or Graduate Program Coordinator.  This will actually delay the completion of your application packet.

When will I receive an admissions decision?              

You should receive a decision within 4-6 weeks of the date when you complete your application.              

How will I find out whether or not I have been admitted to the program?

You will receive a letter, via U.S. mail, from The Graduate School informing you of your admission decision. We do not release decisions over the phone. 

Can I take courses before I have been admitted to the program? What is Pre-Decision status?

If your application to Montclair State in incomplete or, if it is too close to the start of the term for you to receive an admissions decision prior to the first week of classes, you may take up to two courses (seven credits) as a Pre-Decision student while completing your application.  (This status is not available to international applicants seeking F-1 or student visas.)  Registration for specific pre-decision coursework is by permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator only. These courses will apply to the degree program if the student is ultimately admitted to the program. Successful completion of courses, however, does not guarantee acceptance to the program.  Students who are interested in taking courses with pre-decision status, should contact The Graduate School at 973-655-5147, AFTER they have submitted the online application for admission to the M.S. in Nutrition and Food Science program and paid the application fee.