Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition



The low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University is a creative writing program for apprentice writers who not only want to pursue excellence in the craft of writing but who also want to place their work within the larger context of the Judeo-Christian tradition of faith.

The spiritual dimension of this program is not intended to produce didactic, sectarian, or sentimental literature — far from it. Our intention is to assist you in developing a generative, dialogic relationship with the traditions that precede you, demonstrating how those very traditions are alive, and sustaining of spiritual inquiry.

That is to say that our program seeks to extend the tradition of Christian writing in which the highest standards of art, open-eyed exploration of human experience, and a respect for inexhaustible mystery come together to yield new and sustaining vision.


You will specialize in one of four genres — poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or young adult fiction. At the heart of any low-residency program is the fruitful relationship between mentor and apprentice. Writing is ultimately a solitary experience, so the rhythm of students sending packets of completed material and receiving feedback from faculty mentors is both appropriate and effective. This program allows you to maintain your current job and location while offering two stimulating and intensive residency periods each year in Washington state.

Application and recommended materials

To qualify for admission consideration, prospective students must turn in an online application packet to the Graduate Admissions. In order to apply, students must have completed or provide the following:

  • Online application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Official undergrad transcript(s) that demonstrate degree completion.
  • Completion of the following courses no earlier than 10 years prior to applying for this MS in Nutrition application, unless you are currently practicing in dietetics:
    • Required
      • Human Nutrition
      • Organic Chemistry
      • General Biology OR Anatomy and Physiology
    • Recommended
      • Advanced Nutrition/Metabolism
      • Nutrition Assessment or Medical Nutrition Therapy
      • Food Science
      • Microbiology
      • General Chemistry
      • Biochemistry
  • Personal statement
    • Please describe your personal background, interests, and work experiences (current and past) as they relate to your desire to pursue a Master’s in Nutrition.
    • What personal strengths and professional expertise would you bring to the MS in Nutrition program at Seattle Pacific University?
    • What in particular interests you about receiving your Master’s in Nutrition from Seattle Pacific?
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • One letter of recommendation should be from a former instructor; the second recommendation should be from an employer/supervisor. (A third letter from an instructor or employer is optional.)
    • Prompts for your references:
      • What are the applicant's greatest strengths?
      • What weaknesses do you perceive the applicant has?
    • No GRE (Graduate Record Exam) test scores are required for this program. If you have taken the GRE, including your scores is optional.
    • Interview (optional, at the discretion of the program faculty).
    • International Applicants

      In addition to general admission requirements, international students must also submit:

      • TOEFL internet-based score of at least 100 (600 if paper based, 200 if computer-based) and IELTS score of at least 7.0, if English is not your first language.
      • Official financial statement reflecting financial support equivalent to the cost of the first year of graduate study. Complete the Declaration of International Student Finances form and send it to the address listed on the form, along with an original bank statement and copy of your passport (front and back).
      • When submitting non-U.S. transcripts, provide a transcript evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services Inc. (FIS). (A page-by-page evaluation is sufficient, but a course-by-course evaluation is needed to determine if any pre-requisite foundations have been satisfied.)

      All official transcripts must be submitted in English. International applicants are responsible for all costs associated with this service, including transcript(s) order and/or delivery fees (official transcripts must be sent directly from the school or translation evaluation service in a sealed envelope).