Graduate Admissions


Master's Degrees

Major: Health Studies

Exercise Nutrition online only
Exercise, Sport & Movement Sciences
Lifestyle Medicine (formerly Health Promotion) online only
Physical Education Teacher Education online only

Major: Nutrition

Clinical Nutrition
Environmental Nutrition online only
Nutrition Science

Doctoral Degree

PhD Major: Applied Physiology & Neuromechanics (APNM)

Applied Biomechanics (APBI)
Applied Physiology & Nutrition (APHN)

How To Apply

For admission into a degree program, you should allow a reasonable amount of time for necessary documents to be received (approximately three to six weeks). International applicants should allow at least four months for the application process. Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure full consideration.

All determinations concerning the classification of a student as in-state or out-of-state for fee purposes are made in the Graduate Admissions office. If, for any reason, there is a question about a state residency classification, you are responsible for requesting a review of your residency status BEFORE classes begin. Complete an Application for Residency Classification and submit it to Graduate Admissions (FedEx Institute of Technology Building, Suite 201) for review.

Steps for applying:

  • First, view College of Health Sciences admission requirements, test score requirements, application deadlines, etc.
  • Use our electronic admission applications to apply to Graduate School, file for readmission or to change your current degree program or student level. (Application fees for initial admission are $35 application fee for domestic students and $60 for international students).
  • Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university may be required to have your credentials evaluated by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website.

Read the Deadlines and Required Documents below before entering the application portal.

*Students interested in the Clinical Nutrition graduate program should follow their program admission guidelines. Please do not complete a UofM graduate application without first applying through DICAS.

For optimal consideration:

  • Fall Semester admission materials should be submitted by May 1
    • International students' materials should be submitted by April 1
  • Spring Semester admission materials should be submitted by October 1
    • International students' materials should be submitted by September 1

Official deadline for Fall: August 1 for domestic, July 1 for international 
Official deadline for Spring: Dec 1 for domestic and international

*Students interested in the Clinical Nutrition graduate program should follow their program admission guidelines. Please do not complete a UofM graduate application without first applying through DICAS.

1. Transcripts

We need to see your previous grades in order to make a decision on your file. Admission decisions can be made on the basis of unofficial transcripts (a personal copy of your transcript). A copy of your transcript(s) should be uploaded with your application. Failure to upload a copy of your transcript will result in processing delay. 

If you are accepted and enroll you must have a final official copy of your transcript sent to the University of Memphis from your institution by the end of the second week of your first semester. Degree conferral dates must be clearly indicated on the final official transcript. Personal copies of your transcript will not be accepted. Failure to have your final official transcript sent to us by the end of your second week of the first semester will result in a hold being placed on your account and you will not be able to register for the next semester. 

Have your institution send a final, official transcript to:

The University of Memphis
Graduate Admissions
365 Fogelman Drive, Room 201
Memphis, TN 38152

If your institution can send official transcripts electronically, they can be emailed from the institution to graduatetranscripts@memphis.edu.

2. Test Scores

Entrance exam tests (such as the GRE, GMAT) may be required by some programs. Check your program to determine which test scores, if any, are required. If your program requires test scores, upload a test taker score report at the time of application submission. Failure to submit your score report will result in a delay in processing your application. 

Although admission decisions can be made on the basis of unofficial test scores, if you are accepted you will need to make scores available to us for verification or have them sent to us via the testing agency by the end of the second week of classes of your first semester. Failure to do so will result in registration hold being placed on your account.  

University of Memphis Institution Code for Admissions Tests: GRE = R 1459; GMAT = R 1748

Information on how to have your test scores sent from ETS to the University of Memphis >

For more information and the international student process, visit Graduate Admissions.

3. A Current Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
Upload to your application portal.

4. Two Letters of Recommendation
Upload by recommenders request through the application portal.

Letters should ideally be from a former professor or by others who can accurately address the applicant's academic performance and/or ability to successfully complete graduate studies.

Doctoral Applicants: One (1) letter of recommendation must be from your intended faculty advisor in the College of Health Sciences.

Note: The curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation are not needed for those applying only for the graduate certificate in Sport Nutrition and Dietary Supplementation.

5. Personal Statement
Upload to your application portal

Provide a brief statement (maximum one page, single-spaced) describing:

  • your interest in pursuing graduate work at the University of Memphis (e.g., how our program will benefit you; please specify your particular area(s) of research interest).
  • your professional goals.
  • the suitability of your academic preparation for graduate study in your chosen area.
  • your prior professional experiences.

Application Acknowledgement

Following completion and successful submission of the online application, you will receive an immediate confirmation of receipt.

Three to seven business days after submitting your application (online or paper) you will receive an official acknowledgement message. The acknowledgement message will arrive in your personal email account (if provided on the application) or by standard mail.

The acknowledgement message will provide you information on how your application is being processed, including term of application and student level. This information is important for you to know in the event something is incorrect on the application – you can contact Admissions to correct it. Please note: Once an application has been submitted online, you will be unable to make corrections or updates yourself.

You will also receive your University of Memphis assigned ID in the acknowledgement message. This ID is referred to as your student ID, Banner ID, or U number. The ID is important as you move through the admissions/enrollment process.

This acknowledgment message should not be confused with an offer of acceptance.

Graduate Application Review

Following the initial review of your application by an admissions analyst, you will be notified by the Office of Admissions of any additional documentation that may be needed in order to continue processing your application. You will receive this notification in your personal email account (if provided on the application) or by standard mail. As a graduate applicant some of the most common documentation requests include: all previous college transcripts, and GRE/MAT/GMAT test scores. Only documentation received directly from an issuing school, agency or institution will be accepted as official – copies and hand delivered documents are not accepted.

The Office of Admissions will continue to notify you of outstanding documents throughout the application process. However, if there is a long period of absent respondent communication (60 days), your file will be held in an inactive status until we hear from you again.

After receiving and reviewing all requested documentation, an admissions analyst will compile and forward your file to the academic department of the declared major for review and decision. After the department has determined your admissibility, the decision will be communicated to the Office of Admissions.  You will receive notification directly from the Office of Admissions.

Graduate Admission Decision

Following the review and decision by the College of Health Sciences, the Office of Admissions will notify you of the admission decision. You will receive notification in your personal email account (if provided on the application) and by standard mail. If accepted, your notification will include a 20-digit student account activation code that you will need to activate your University of Memphis student account through the iam.memphis.edu identity management system. It is imperative you activate this as soon as possible. Activation of your student account will enable your University of Memphis email account and grant you access to the myMemphis portal.