Nutrition and Hospitality Management

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Master’s Admission Criteria

Criteria for admission into the M.S. in FNS program are:

1) Baccalaureate Degree: For full admission into the M.S. in FNS program, a baccalaureate degree in dietetics, nutrition, food service management, hospitality management, or a related area with the following prerequisites or equivalents is required:

  • NHM 111 – ServSafe (or ServSafe certification granted from the National Restaurant Association)
  • NHM 211/213 – Principles of Food Preparation/Food Preparation Lab
  • NHM 311 – Nutrition
  • NHM 441/461 – Hospitality Systems Management or Foodservice Systems Management
  • NHM 410 – Medical Nutrition Therapy I (Applicants for Nutrition Services emphasis only)
  • GB 350 – Essentials of Marketing (Applicants for Hospitality Management emphasis only)
  • NHM 466 or Mgmt 383 – Human Resource Development in Services or Human Resource Management (Applicants for Hospitality Management emphasis only)
  • Accy 202 – Introduction to Accounting Principles II (Applicants for Hospitality Management emphasis only)

2) Grade-Point Average (GPA): A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher over the last 60 hours or over the entire transcript is recommended for admission.

3) Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Scores of no less than 150 on the verbal and 150 on the quantitative divisions are preferred.

4) Clear Goals, readiness and motivation to pursue the graduate degree

5) English Proficiency (Only for the applicants whose native language is not English) must meet the Graduate School’s admission criteria.

The Graduate Committee of the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management will review complete applications received by the deadline. Incomplete applications or materials received after the deadline may not be reviewed. Competitive applicants relative to the pool of applicants will be recommended for admission. In addition to the above criteria, other factors such as strength of letters of recommendation, work experience, availability of resources within the department, and equity considerations to enhance the diversity of the department may be taken into consideration.

Applicants whose admission credentials do not meet those expected for Full-standing status may be admitted in the Conditional or Qualifying status.

Students whose academic records indicate that they may have difficulty performing satisfactorily at the graduate level may be conditionally admitted. Students admitted in the Conditional status are required to obtain a 3.0 GPA during their first 9 hours of graduate coursework in order to be advanced to Full-standing. Students who fail to advance to Full-standing will be changed to Non-degree II status.

Students satisfying all other admission requirements but lacking certain prerequisites may be admitted for a Qualifying period of up to 12 months, during which time the deficiencies must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students admitted in the Qualifying status will be given a list of undergraduate courses (ranging from 3 to 15 hours) to be taken to make them eligible for consideration for Conditional or Full-standing status. Qualifying status may limit graduate assistantship opportunities. Remedial courses may not be counted toward degree requirements.

See the Graduate Catalog for more information about categories of admission standing.

Statuses of Admission

Applicants whose admission credentials do not meet those expected for Full-standingstatus may be admitted in the Conditionalor Qualifyingstatus.

Students whose academic records indicate that they may have difficulty performing satisfactorily at the graduate level may be conditionally admitted. Students admitted in the Conditionalstatus are required to obtain a 3.0 GPA during their first 9 hours of graduate coursework in order to be advanced to Full-standing. Students who fail to advance to Full-standing will be changed to Non-degree IIstatus.

Students satisfying all other admission requirements but lacking certain prerequisites may be admitted for a Qualifyingperiod of up to 12 months, during which time the deficiencies must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students admitted in the Qualifyingstatus will be given a list of undergraduate courses (ranging from 3 to 15 hours) to be taken to make them eligible for consideration for Conditional or Full-standing status. Qualifyingstatus may limit graduate assistantship opportunities. Remedial courses may not be counted toward degree requirements.

See Graduate School policiesfor more information about categories of admissions.