Master of Science Degree in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

The Master of Science in Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is designed to broaden your leadership and critical thinking abilities in community nutrition and sustainability.

Candidates must successfully complete 30 credits of coursework and a comprehensive exam as a culminating experience. A research project or thesis may serve as the culminating experience if the student receives approval from a faculty mentor. Required core courses (21 credits) are offered online and are listed below. The remaining 9 credits will be selected by the student, in consultation with an academic adviser, to provide an area of specialization that meets the unique career goals of the candidate. All required courses are offered online. Elective courses can be taken online or on campus.


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Students who do not already have expertise in nutrition must obtain the required foundation knowledge. (See separate page.)

Below is a list of required courses in the terms they are offered in a timeline that is the most intensive possible. Most students choose to complete the program in 2-3 years and enroll in 6 credits per term. Depending on your situation, you may choose to enroll in fewer or more than this. Consultation with your adviser will allow you to determine what course load is best for you. 

Semester I (Fall) - Total (9 cr)
  • FN 700​ (3 cr) Collaborative Leadership in Community Development
  • COL 710 (3 cr) Organization and Program Management
  • FN 770 (3 cr) Sustainable Food Systems
Semester II (Spring) - Total (9 cr)
  • FN 720 (3 cr) Outcome Based Program Evaluation
  • FN 730 (3 cr) Best Practices in Program Development
  • FN 751 (3 cr) Recent Advances in Community Nutrition 
Semester III (Summer) - Total (3 cr)
  • COL 740 (3 cr) Grants and Funding for Small Projects
Semester IV (Fall) - Total (9 cr)
  • FN 798 Project (6 cr.) + 3 cr electives or
  • FN 799 Thesis (6 cr.) + 3 cr electives or
  • Electives in your area of specialization + Culmination exam

Need graduate courses?

You can enroll at UW-Stevens Point easily, without applying to the university and paying additional fees.

To register for graduate courses as a special, non-degree seeking student, you must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. You will be granted graduate special status when you register. This gives you the same privileges of other registered students, such as access to library resources, etc.

To register, you simply pay the $100 registration deposit accompanying the mail registration form.

Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis according to the following schedule: summer/fall course registration begins in April and spring/winterim registration begins in November. This schedule is based on when continuing students are done registering. Non-degree seeking students cannot register before degree seeking students.

After your registration is processed, you will be sent an email by the Office of the Registrar. The email includes instructions on how to activate your myPoint account, access texts, and obtain a Point ID Card.
Please note: HWM courses are administered through UW-Extension. Tuition rates may differ from UW-Stevens Point rates.
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