International students must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Completed Application for admission
  • Personal Statement explaining your personal and professional goals*
  • Current resume, please include a list of volunteer experiences with dates, organization and description of volunteer work
  • Must have official credential evaluations completed by ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.) or other approved agency at the applicant’s expense
  • Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and an official transcript from each college attended
  • Recommended that a minimum of 3.0 grade point average is required for general admission
  • Two letters of recommendation: at least on letter from an academic reference and one from a professional reference
  • All applicants must have ACEND-Accredited Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) coursework completed
  • DPD verification statement or Declaration of Intent statement
  • Official GRE scores (Dominican University institution code for the GRE is 6297)
  • Non-refundable application fee of $25
  • Additional $25 processing fee in addition to the regular non-refundable $25 application fee (total ($50)
  • Must demonstrate English language proficiency if English is not the applicant’s primary language by scoring 79 or better on the Internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language: Dominican’s code for submitting scores is 1667), or 6.5 or higher on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or completion of the ELS Level 112.

*Please explain your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree from Dominican University, your interests in dietetics, short and long-term career goals and what contributions you would make to the field. Please share how your background, experience, interest and values, when combined with the MS degree and supervised practice, will help you pursue your goals successfully.

Visa Requirements

Following admission, Dominican can assist with immigration requirements. We are authorized by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to issue SEVIS I-20s and DS 2019s for students living abroad or those wishing to transfer their SEVIS records. International students requiring an I-20 form for the F-1 student visa must show evidence of sufficient funds to cover a full year of tuition, fees and living expenses including:

  • Housing costs, whether room and board in university residence hall or off-campus housing. These costs are the student’s responsibility.
  • Medical insurance (international students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan via the Dominican University Wellness Center unless that can document existing coverage that is equal to or better than the student plan offered: visit for full details.
  • Books and personal items
  • Support during such times when the university is not in session

Download and print the current financial statement form for the MS in Nutrition (pdf).

For more information on immigration and visa matters, visit Dominican’s International Services page.