Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems - Master of Science Degree

Program Description

Knowledge and skills in sustainable food systems and community development 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.
The 30-credit M.S. degree at UW-Stevens Point can be completed in 18 months, while a fully online class schedule can accommodate working students. You will gain the expertise needed to be competitive professionally within the area of community nutrition.​ 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?

  • Students interested in pursuing careers in community nutrition; public health; government; academic institutions; or other areas in which knowledge and skills in leadership and sustainability are essential

  • Professionals currently working in community health and development settings who wish to gain expertise in food, nutrition and sustainability
  • Registered Dietitians or other professionals 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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