Nutritional Sciences - Master of Science Degree

Program Description

You will gain the expertise needed to be competitive professionally within the area of community nutrition. Sustainable food systems and community development knowledge and skills are increasingly essential to solving the health and nutrition problems in our populations. Professionals entering this field must be skilled in examining the food system, program planning and evaluation, community development, and leadership, and grant writing.

Our 30-credit M.S. degree can be completed in 18 months, while a 2-day/week-class schedule can accommodate working students. Depending upon personal goals, students may choose to complete either a thesis or project option. Limited enrollment allows our faculty to provide personal attention in helping you plan your individual career goals.

The Nutritional Science and Dietetics Unit is within the School of Health Promotion & Human Development whose mission is to train professionals who will create healthy living environments in communities throughout Wisconsin and the nation and whose motto is "a legacy of caring".

Who is the program designed for?

The program is designed with the professional needs of the following in mind:

  1. Students interested in pursuing careers in community nutrition; public health; community development, planning and design; or other areas in which knowledge and skills in leadership and sustainability are essential
  2. Professionals currently working in community health and development settings who wish to gain expertise in food/nutrition and sustainability (environmental, agricultural, societal and economic sustainability are directly related to the health and wellbeing of the community)
  3. Registered Dietitians or other professionals currently working in a nutrition/health area may use the degree for career enhancement or professional development related to helping communities solve their food and nutrition problems


Our master's degree program will open doors to a wide variety of careers in:

  • federal agencies that create national nutrition and health policy (CDC, FDA, USDA)
  • state and local agencies (Wisconsin Dept. of Health, Supplemental Food Programs, Dept. of Agriculture)
  • nonprofit organizations (Farmer's markets, Community Supported Agriculture)
  • urban planning and development, community development corporations (supermarket development, new farm enterprises)
  • healthcare settings
  • private practice
  • education (Universities and colleges, Cooperative Extension, technical schools, cooking schools)
  • nutrition programming in schools, fitness facilities, or health spas
  • corporate wellness
  • media
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