Nutrition and Hospitality Management
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Application Process

Applications for admission to the graduate programs must be submitted to the University of Mississippi Graduate School through the online application process.

In order to be assured consideration, the following materials must be on file in the Graduate School prior to the deadline. Application deadlines are:

Degree Program Deadline for Fall admission Deadline for Spring admission
M.S. in Food and Nutrition Services January 15 (rolling*) October 15 (rolling)
Online Masters in Hospitality Management July 15 (rolling) December 15 (rolling)
Ph.D. in Nutrition and Hospitality Management March 1 (for full funding eligibility) N/A

*Applications received after January 15 will not be considered for CP.

In case these dates fall on a weekend or legal holiday, the deadlines are automatically extended to the next business day.

  1. An online application completed through the Graduate School website.
  2. A statement of Purpose not exceeding 1,000 words, which clearly demonstrates your interest in the field, readiness to pursue a graduate degree, academic and professional goals, and how joining the graduate program will help you meet these goals. In this document, you may also include a statement on how you will contribute to the diversity of the classroom, department, and university community. (See Excellence in Inclusivity). This document should be uploaded as an attachment to the Graduate School online application.
  3. Names and contact information of academic or professional references should be specified on the online Graduate School application. The letters should speak to the applicant’s readiness and ability to succeed in the graduate program. The Graduate School’s online reference system sends requests to the recommenders. Two (2) references are required for application to the master’s program, and three (3) references are required for application to the doctoral program.
  4. Official GRE scores taken within 5 years of applying to the graduate program sent to the Graduate School (Note: The GRE requirement is waived for the applicants of Online Masters in Hospitality Management.)
  5. Official transcripts from all institutions where a degree was obtained AND from institutions attended for any graduate work sent to the Graduate School.
  6. Resume or CV (required for those applying to CP, optional for others)
  7. Official English proficiency test scores (Only if the applicant’s native language is not English): TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson’s Test of Academic English scores within 2 years of applying to the graduate program sent to the Graduate School.
  8. Interviews are required for prospective PhD students. Prospective students should contact potential advisors. The advisor is mutually agreed upon by the student and faculty and should be identified in the statement of purpose.

Note: MS FNS admission criteria

  • ServSafe manager’s certification granted from the National Restaurant Association or equivalent (e.g., NHM 111)
  • 3-4 credit hours of Principles of Food Preparation/Food Preparation Lab (e.g., NHM 211/213)
  • A 3-hour course in Introductory/General Human Nutrition (e.g., NHM 311)
  • A 3-hour course in Foodservice Systems Management (e.g., NHM 441/461)
  • A 3-hour course(s) in Nutrition Assessment and Nutrition Care Process (e.g., NHM 410; Nutrition emphasis only)
  • A 3-hour course in Marketing Principles (e.g., GB 350; HM emphasis only)
  • A 3-hour course in Human Resource Management (e.g., NHM 466 or Mgmt 383; HM emphasis only)
  • Six hours of Accounting Principles (e.g., Accy 201 and 202; HM emphasis only)

Instructions for submitting application materials such as test scores and transcripts can be found on the Graduate School website. For questions about the submission process, contact the Graduate School (Email: After acceptance, applications for graduate assistantship may be submitted online. For questions about the MS in FNS and PhD in NHM programs or online MS in HM program, contact NHM Graduate Program Coordinator Dr. Georgianna Mann at

*Applicants for M.S. in FNS who will also be pursuing the Coordinated Program must fulfill the additional requirements:

  • An online application form for the CP must be submitted.
  • The same Statement of Purpose document will be used for both Graduate School application as well as CP application. Applicants who are pursuing the CP should also address CP-related expectations in the document submitted in their Graduate School application.
  • The letters received through the Graduate School application system will be forwarded to the CP application for review and there is no need to send duplicate letters directly to the CP director.