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Application Overview

Our Fall 2023 application cycle is now open. Our Admissions Committee will meet starting mid-January 2023 to review completed applications. We accept students on a rolling basis until our application close between June 2023 and July 2023. An exact close date will be posted in the new year. 

Our application form fields must be completed in one sitting. Preview our application form questions. We recommend you have the answers to these questions ready when starting our application.

After completing your application form, our admissions staff will take 1-5 business days to process your application checklist. You will receive an email once your checklist is ready, and you may continue to work on your application. For additional details, see the How to Apply section below.

We encourage applicants to submit early as it eases transitioning to a Columbia student, allows ample time to look into financial aid options, and provides incoming students with the best opportunities to receive on-campus housing. 

We are a fall-start-only program. 

How to Apply

  1. Complete your application form (i.e., the text part of your application) in one sitting.  
    1. Once your form is submitted, our admissions staff will create your individualized application checklist, and you will be able to further edit your application before submission.
    2. Preview our application form questions.
  2. You will be prompted to pay your application fee at the end of our application form. You may submit payment immediately or at a later time. Applications are not reviewed until payment or a fee waiver is received.
    1. Contact us at to inquire about a needs-based application fee waiver. 
    2. If you do not pay your application fee when you submit your application form, you will be prompted to email your fee Transaction ID to after you complete your payment.
  3. Upload accompanying documents.
    1. You may upload documents when you submit your application form and after our admissions staff has created your application checklist. 
  4. Check your application portal often for status updates and to check on document approval and receipt of official documents.
    1. Log in to our application portal, click on My Applications, and navigate to your Application Name to view and work on your application.
    2. Official documents and letters of recommendation will be uploaded by our admissions staff.
    3. Letter of Recommendation providers noted on your application form will need to submit their letters to
  5. Submit your application.
    1. Post-submission, our admissions staff will pre-review your application and will reach out to you via email if any items need to be addressed before your application enters review.
    2. You will receive an email notification when your application is in review.
  6. View your admissions decision.
    1. You will receive an email when your admissions decision is ready to view on the application portal. 
    2. Retrieve your decision soon and follow any next steps outlined on the portal. 
    3. Admitted applicants will be prompted to pay their $500 admissions fee upon accepting their offer of admission via the portal. 
    4. Most admissions decisions are returned within 4-6 weeks.

We recommend you review the Application Prerequisites and Application Requirements below so your materials are ready when you go to apply. 

Reach out to with questions. 

Application Prerequisites

  1. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. 
    1. International students must have their transcripts translated to the US grading system before submission using World Education Services or Education Credential Evaluators. (There is an exception for international programs that use the US grading system. If you are unsure if your program uses the US grading system, please contact our admissions staff at
    2. Students may apply while they are finishing up their undergraduate degree coursework.
    3. Unofficial transcripts should be submitted along with your application to use for the initial review. 
  2. Satisfactory completion of at least one semester of each of the following courses: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry.
    1. Accompanying laboratories are not required.
    2. One semester of biochemistry is recommended but not required.
  3. International applicants may need a TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score.
    1. If your native language is English or your undergraduate degree is from an institution where English is the primary language, you are NOT required to take TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test.
    2. Official scores must be submitted from the testing site to or the following mailing address: Institute of Human Nutrition, c/o Education Officer, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, 630 W168th Street, PH1512 East, New York, NY 10032.
    3. ​TOEFL minimum score requirement 100.
    4. IELTS minimum score requirement 7.0.
    5. Duolingo minimum score requirement is 135.
    6. Unofficial score records should be submitted along with your application for the initial review. 
  4. Official graduate-level test scores are strongly recommended but not required.
    1. ​The Institute of Human Nutrition requests that you submit test scores if you have them, but you should not take a test to apply to our program. The Admissions Committee will reach out to applicants to discuss options if they cannot make a final admissions decision without test scores. 
    2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), or Dental Admissions Test (DAT) are regularly accepted.
    3. Official GRE and DAT scores can be mailed directly to our offices using school code: 2173 and department code 0214.
    4. Official MCAT scores are obtained using your AAMC ID number and a score report verification code provided on your application.
    5. Unofficial score records should be submitted along with your application for the initial review. 

Application Components

You will be asked for the following items while completing our online application.

  1. Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
    1. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution or the verified third-party transcript service used by the institute.
    2. Electronic copies are preferred. Paper copies are accepted.
      1. Direct electronic copies can be sent to
      2. Paper copies can be mailed to: Institute of Human Nutrition, c/o Education Officer, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, 630 W168th Street, PH1512 East, New York, NY 10032.
  2. Two letters of recommendation.
    1. Students who have received a degree in the past five years are required to provide at least one academic reference from faculty at that institution and are encouraged to provide at least two.
    2. Students more than five years away from their most recent degree are encouraged to provide at least one academic reference.
    3. The Admissions Committee accepts committee packets that have been assembled on an applicant’s behalf for other healthcare programs.
  3. The application prerequisite items (listed above).
  4. A personal statement.
    1. Tell us why you are interested in the Institute’s MS program and how it fits with your personal goals. Please keep your statement to approximately 500 words.  
  5. A CV or resume.
  6. A nonrefundable $95 application fee.
    1. Submit online along with your completed application.
    2. Email us at for information on an application fee waiver.

Next Steps Post-decision

I've been admitted, what's next?

  1.  Accept or decline your offer of admission via our application portal within the decision turnaround timeline listed below.  
    1. Admissions Turnaround Timeline:
      • Admitted in December, January, or February: Four weeks
      • Admitted in March or April: Three weeks
      • Admitted in May or June: Two weeks
      • Admitted in July or August: One week 
  2. Activate your Columbia UNI.  
    1. Your UNI will be available within 1-2 weeks of receiving your acceptance notification.
    2. Your UNI will allow you to do the following: 
      1. Look into financial aid options at Columbia. 
      2. Apply for student housing (starting in April).  
      3. Connect to our new student Canvas site.  
  3. Activate your (Exchange) email account.  
    1. Your email account will be available within 1-2 months of receiving your acceptance notification.  
  4. Begin working on your New Student Checklist on our student Canvas site.  
    1. Access instructions will be sent to you along with your UNI. 
  5. Prepare to attend our mandatory Orientation and Start of Classes week at the end of August. View your complete academic calendar here

I've been waitlisted, what's next?

  1. Our admissions committee meets monthly to review our waitlist. If your application status is updated you will receive an email. Check our application portal for your updated application status. 
  2. Waitlisted applicants can send additional or updated documents to be added to their application to our admissions staff. Documents should be emailed to
  3. We recommend that waitlisted applicants review the information at the following links and are prepared to accept an offer of admission at any moment.  
    1. Tuition and Financial Aid 
    2. Columbia University Irving Medical Center Student Housing 

I was not admitted, is there anything I can do?

We understand the enormous commitment of time and energy that applying to school represents, but unfortunately, we are not able to provide feedback on your application. We recommend reviewing your application components with an academic advisor to see where improvement can be made. 

It is important to know that your application received a full review. Given that ours is a holistic admissions process, we cannot point to one factor that led to your admissions decision. All aspects of an application are considered and decisions are made in a full committee meeting allowing for broad consideration.  

We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. Should you decide to apply again, please reach out to us and we can issue you an application fee waiver. 

Are scholarships available?

Visit our Tuition and Financial Aid webpage for information on scholarships.


Please visit our FAQ page for commonly asked application questions. 

Our staff is here to assist you with the application process. Contact us at with questions.