Admission

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition program at Hawthorn University, applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution as well as a master's degree in the field of study or related field from an appropriately accredited institution and a minimum of two years of work experience in the field or allied field.

Applicants who already hold other master's level or doctoral degrees in other health professions, such as a master's in nursing, DC, ND, MD, or veterinary medicine may also apply. Applicants should have already completed prerequisite course work in:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Whole Foods Nutrition
  • Micronutrients
  • Macronutrients

Applicants with a master's degree, who do not meet all these requirements, are encouraged to apply so that we may evaluate what prerequisite course work needs to be fulfilled. All of these courses may be taken through the Hawthorn master's level curriculum or at an appropriately accredited college or university.

A total of nine (9) credits can be applied to the DSC program if the courses were taken at an appropriately accredited school and are of doctoral level quality equivalent to Hawthorn's DSC courses. A grade of B or better is required.

Complete and return the online application. A non-refundable application fee of $60 will be charged to all matriculated students. Your application will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be contacted.

Hawthorn University does not provide English as a second language instruction and all classes are taught in English. Hawthorn University requires prospective international students to have an academic background equivalent to an education in the United States, to fulfill admission requirements and to speak and write fluent English.

For more information on the application process, click the admission's link or contact Kathy McDermott, Director of Admissions & Student Management, at

707-986-4153, Ext. 401, during office hours 9 am - 5 pm ET.

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