M.S.C.N.: Application Procedures
Who may apply?
The MSCN program has been developed for
two types of students:
1. The RD or other healthcare professionals who are pursuing the MS, with an
emphasis on advanced clinical practice.
2. The individual with a strong background in biological sciences who
wants to pursue advanced coursework in nutrition. Applicants should have previous
coursework in nutrition and biological sciences. It is strongly
recommended that prospective students have completed courses in
nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, and nutritional biochemistry. Applicants
should possess a strong background in physiology, biology, microbiology,
and chemistry, including organic and biochemistry.
What are the admission requirements?
MSCN applicants must:
1. Meet the general requirements for
admission to the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Graduate
2. Have a baccalaureate degree in
nutrition or a closely related field, with a minimum GPA of 2.85.
3. Have a satisfactory score on the
Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
4. Have three letters of reference. At
least two from undergraduate professors and one from an employer or others who can assess the
applicants interest in nutrition and dietetics and their aptitude for
completing a graduate degree.
How do I apply to the program?
An applicant first applies for admission
to the UAMS Graduate School by completing the application forms and
requesting official transcripts from all colleges attended. The UAMS
Graduate School forwards all eligible applications to the Department of
Dietetics and Nutrition for an admission decision.
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What is special student status?
A non-degree seeking student may enroll
in a Dietetics and Nutrition course by obtaining permission from the
department chairman. Up to 12 semester hours may be taken in this
status. This category may be used by a health professional who wishes to
prepare for a specialty board examination, to meet continuing education
requirements, or to decide if he or she wishes to pursue admission to
the degree program.
What about financial aid?
General Financial Aid
Applicants may request
guaranteed student loan eligibility forms or scholarship applications
from the Graduate School Financial Aid Office, UAMS, 4301 W.
Markham, #601, Little Rock, AR 72205. (501) 686-5451. A limited
number of assistantships are available. The department chairman may be
contacted, at 501-686-6166, for the latest information about
information is also available from the College of Health Related
For general information about the MSCN
program, please contact: Department of Dietetics and
Nutrition, at 501-686-6166. Contact
Reza Hakkak,Ph.D., Department Chairman regarding specific questions
about the MSCN program.
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