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Master’s Program

Requirements for admission:

  1. Course pre-requisites: no specific undergraduate major is required. Basic pre-med courses will meet our admission requisites.
    • one year of biology and chemistry
    • at least one semester of organic chemistry
    • some advanced coursework such as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology and/or genetics is a plus
    • no specific coursework in nutrition is required
  2. Research Experience is beneficial to your application. Please describe in some detail if possible.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. No minimum GPA is required, but the most competitive applicants will have a science GPA above 3.5.
  5. An unofficial copy of your test (MCAT, GRE, DAT, etc.) scores. (A waiver may be requested. Contact Dr. Lynn Moore at llmoore@bu.edu to inquire.) Our institution code is 3087.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS results must be submitted for applicants who received their degrees in a non-English-speaking country. This requirement is waived only if you have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in any of the following countries prior to enrollment in GMS: the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland. CHANGES FOR 2020 ADMISSIONS:  BU will temporarily accept the online Duolingo English proficiency exam for Fall 2020 admissions to accommodate those applicants unable to take the TOEFL/IELTS tests due to  lack of access to exam centers. More information on the test can be found here.

For answers to some of basic questions about admission to the program visit the MS Frequently Asked Questions page.

Tuition:

  1. General information for prospective students about documents required, tuition costs, and financial aid can be found at the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Admissions page.
  2. Some scholarship funding is available. Be sure to inquire about scholarship options by contacting the Program Director by email. Apply early for best chance of scholarships.

Master’s Application Process:

Although we offer rolling admissions for Fall 2020, we strongly recommend that you submit your application and supporting materials as early as possible. Applications close earlier for international applicants. Application deadline for Spring 2020 admission is December 13, 2019.

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Please apply directly to the Nutrition and Metabolism program through the GMS online admissions. After you start the application, you will need to select Nutrition and Metabolism to apply.

PhD Program

Applications to the PhD program in Nutrition and Metabolism must be made through the PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS), which begins accepting applications in September of each year. Applications generally end around the first of December each year. Applicants to PiBS will need to create an account with the Boston University Centralized Application System (BU-GMS CAS), and then complete or upload all personal, academic and supporting documentation. During the application process you will be able to select Nutrition and Metabolism as your program of choice (even though you are applying through the centralized admissions program). The Admissions Committee will select competitive applicants to attend one of two interview days sometime in late January-February. You will be notified of the committee’s decision via email following the last interview day.

Requirements for admission:

  1. Course pre-requisites: no specific undergraduate major is required but a strong background in biomedical science is suggested including the following:
    • one year of biology and chemistry
    • one or two semesters of organic chemistry
    • advanced coursework such as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, physiology and/or genetics
  2. Research Experience: a strong research background will be very beneficial to your application. Please describe your research.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. No minimum GPA is required, but the most competitive applicants will have a science GPA above 3.5.
  5. An unofficial copy of your test (MCAT, GRE, etc) scores may be submitted for PiBS applications, but is not required. Our institution code is 3087.
  6. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS results must be submitted for applicants who received their degrees in a non-English-speaking country. This requirement is waived only if you have received, or expect to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university in any of the following countries prior to enrollment in GMS: the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland. CHANGES FOR 2020 ADMISSIONS:  BU will temporarily accept the online Duolingo English proficiency exam for Fall 2020 admissions to accommodate those applicants unable to take the TOEFL/IELTS tests due to  lack of access to exam centers. More information on the test can be found here.

For answers to questions about admission to the PhD program, visit the PhD Frequently Asked Questions page.

Funding

Students in the PiBS program receive full funding for tuition and fees as well as a $35,000 stipend per year. In addition to the stipend for living expenses, students will be provided with health insurance options.

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You will need to apply through the PiBS Admissions portal.  After you start the application, you will need to select Nutrition and Metabolism to apply. The PiBS application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is December 2, 2019.

For additional information about the program in Nutrition and Metabolism, you may contact the Program Director, Dr. Lynn L. Moore at llmoore@bu.edu.