Nutritional Sciences Graduate Degree Program

Position title: Katie Butzen, Graduate Program Manager


Website: Nutritional Sciences Graduate Degree Program's website

Phone: (608) 890-1792

250E Nutritional Sciences
1415 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706


Modern nutrition is a multidisciplinary, integrative science, and the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) has been developed to meet this diversity in approach and objective. It is the program’s goal to provide graduate students interested in nutrition with an opportunity to obtain specialized training in a specific research area and to obtain a general background in the science and practice of nutrition. The program draws on the strengths of faculty in over 19 academic departments to enhance the instructional and research experience.


IGPNS offer a competitive stipend which covers the cost of tuition, health insurance, and more. In addition, students are provided a stipend for travel. IGPNS students are guaranteed support from the department for 5 years contingent on satisfactory progress.


IGPNS accepts students from a multitude of scientific backgrounds. Admissions is heavily based on prerequisite coursework in Biochemistry, Biology, Physiology, Chemistry, and Statistics/Calculus.

Specific prerequisites for the graduate program include the following:

  • 2 semesters of General Chemistry
  • 2 semesters of Biological Sciences
  • 1 semester of Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry with an Organic Chemistry prerequisite
  • 1 semester of Calculus or Statistics
  • 1 semester of Physiology

Students who have not completed all the requirements may be admitted, but deficiencies should be made up during the first year of graduate study.

All applicants must have a minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) as well as three references and a personal statement. Acceptance requires approval by the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Graduate School.