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Nutritional Sciences - Graduate


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The impact of nutrition on health and disease is becoming increasingly complex and important. Questions related to the impact of nutrients on everything from genetics to whole body metabolism continue to multiply, especially as obesity and associated chronic diseases become increasingly pervasive in industrialized societies. The Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky is an ideal setting to study these multifaceted issues. The Division offers an interdisciplinary program led by nationally renowned faculty that provides a high-quality educational experience across a wide spectrum of nutrition-related subjects. Primary research and training areas target obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Other areas of specialty include nutrition and oxidative stress, nutrition and aging, clinical nutrition, animal nutrition and food science.

Nutritional Sciences Master's and Doctoral Programs

The interdisciplinary Division of Nutritional Sciences enables students in its Ph.D. and Master’s of Science programs to explore the interrelationship between environmental factors and nutrients and their effect on biochemistry, physiology and disease development. More than 60 faculty members provide teaching and individualized research guidance across 28 departments and divisions at the University’s Colleges of Medicine, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing and Agriculture, as well as the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education.

Application Requirements

Students are  first admitted to the Integrated Biomedical Sciences curriculum, an undifferentiated first-year core curriculum that serves as the entry point for six doctoral programs housed in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

Nutritional Sciences Master's (MS) or Doctoral (PhD) or Pharmacology (PhD) Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
CV Instructions Indicating any academic honors, publications, research experience and relevant work experience (since graduation--for those who have previously graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program). 
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Instructions Indicate your research interest and goals for doctoral study and beyond.
Writing Sample Upload Required No
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Assistantship App Available* No
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Additional Docs Instructions N/A
GRE Subject Test N/A
Spring App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Summer App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Fall App Deadline March 15
Number of Recommendations 3 Letters of Recommendation.

*Optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance.

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.

Admissions Officer Contact Information

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