Admission and Application Process

Admission Requirements

To apply for admission for the MFN and/or the Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree (desired minimum cumulative GPA 3.0, or GPA of 3.3 or higher in the last 60 credit hours) from an accredited college or university and coursework in biochemistry, human anatomy and physiology, and human nutrition.  Students are selected based on academic performance, relevant work experience, letters of recommendation, and civic and/or college activities.

Application Process

Prospective students will apply online to the Graduate College and pay the application fee online. All materials for the application will be submitted in the online application process.

Applications are accepted year-round. Applicants should submit all materials no later than 2-weeks before the start of the semester they are applying. 

Submission of:

  • Transcripts from each college/university attended and degree granting institution. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted (desired minimum cumulative GPA 3.0, or GPA of 3.3 or higher in the last 60 credit hours). 
  • Students interested in the on-campus MFN degree can indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship (GA) during the online application process. Assistantships are considered based on several factors, and the number of assistantship positions available varies each academic year. 
  • Contact information for three references
  • Resume and personal statement describing your background and professional goals will be required during the online application process
  • Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score

Purpose Statement Instructions and Requirements 

  • Must be at least 2-pages, but no more than 3-pages.
  • Must be typed using Arial, 11-point font, 1.5 spacing, with one-inch margins.
  • Any cover page, references, or appendices does not count towards the page limit.
  • Students are encouraged to articulate their goals in relationship to this program, while highlighting relevant experiences that demonstrate their potential to be successful. Students can choose specific a specific prompt below to frame their purpose statement.
  • Attention to following directions, organization/structure, style, mechanics (i.e., grammar, punctuation, spelling, typographical errors) will be considered in the evaluation of your purpose statement.

Choose One:

  1. Explain why you are choosing the Master of Food and Nutrition (MFN) degree or Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition at Bowling Green State University. Also, discuss your plans beyond completion of the MFN degree/Graduate Certificate. Discuss how the MFN degree/Graduate Certificate will help you meet your professional goals.
  2. Choose one important academic, personal, or professional achievement to discuss. Share how this achievement has made an impact on your life and professional aspirations. Discuss how this experience demonstrates your ability to be successful in the Food and Nutrition graduate program at Bowling Green State University.

On campus students may be eligible for Graduate Assistantships. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers may want to combine their studies with the Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program at BGSU. Students may also be eligible for Financial Aid. 

Graduate Assistantships

Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program

Financial Aid

International Applicant FAQs

Updated: 12/04/2023 10:49AM