Administrative Unit:  Nutritional Sciences
College/School:            College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Admitting Plans:          M.S.
Degrees Offered:          M.S.

The M.S. in clinical nutrition is focused on core nutrition, clinical nutrition, professional skills, and electives (including public health). This is advanced learning at its best, and is ideal for people with a strong background in clinical nutrition, confidence working at the graduate level, and a commitment to become leaders in clinical nutrition and dietetics. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to translate research; recognize and formulate responses to evolving developments in clinical nutrition practice, policy, and research; and lead and manage professional teams to design nutrition-related services.

Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress

To make progress toward a graduate degree, students must meet the Graduate School Minimum Degree Requirements and Satisfactory Progress in addition to the requirements of the program.

Master’s Degrees:


Minimum Graduate Degree Credit Requirement

30 credits

Minimum Graduate Residence Credit Requirement

16 credits

Minimum Graduate Coursework (50%) Requirement

Half of degree coursework (15 out of 30 total credits) must be completed in graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university’s Course Guide.

Prior Coursework Requirements: Graduate Work from Other Institutions

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 5 credits of graduate coursework from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison Undergraduate

No credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree.

Prior Coursework Requirements: UW–Madison University Special

With program approval and payment of the difference in tuition (between Special and graduate tuition), students are allowed to count no more than 14 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison University Special student. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Credits per Term Allowed

15 credits

Program-Specific Courses Required

NUTR SCI 710 Human Energy Metabolism2
NUTR SCI 711 Personalized Nutrition: Genetics, Genomics, and Metagenomics1
NUTR SCI 720 Advanced Nutrition Assessment1
NUTR SCI 650 Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Critical Care and Nutrition Support3
NUTR SCI 651 Advanced Clinical Nutrition - Pediatrics3
NUTR SCI 652 Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education3
NUTR SCI 653 Clinical Nutrition Research3
Total Credits16

In addition, students are required to complete 4 credits of “Professional Skills” from the following:

Select one of the following:4
Connected Learning Essentials
Writing for Professionals
Professional Presentations
Managing Digital Information
Leading Teams
Project Management Essentials
Ethics for Professionals
Total Credits4

Students are also required to complete 5 credits from the following (Note: A maximum of 3 credits from EPD courses may be used to fulfill this requirement:

Select a total of 5 credits:5
Public Health: Principles and Practice
Health Systems, Management, and Policy
Principles of Environmental Health: A Systems Thinking Approach
Politics of Health Policy
Special Problems
Financial and Business Acumen 1
Change Management 1
Effective Negotiation Strategies 1
Marketing for Non-Marketing Professionals 1
Key Legal Concepts for Professionals 1
Creating Breakthrough Innovations 1
Organizational Communication and Problem Solving 1

Any EPD course (700, 701, 702, 703, 783, 784) not used in “4 credits of Professional Skills” requirement above; courses may not count twice. 

Overall Graduate GPA Requirement


Other Grade Requirements

Students must earn a B or above in all core curriculum coursework.

Probation Policy

The status of a student can be one of three options:

1. Good standing (progressing according to standards).

2. Probation (not progressing according to standards but permitted to enroll; specific plan with dates and deadlines in place in regard to removal of probationary status).

3. Unsatisfactory progress (not progressing according to standards; not permitted to enroll, dismissal, leave of absence or change of advisor or program).

Students must be in good academic standing with the Graduate School, their program, and their advisor. The Program Director and the Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who received grades of BC, C, D, F, or I in courses numbered 300 or above, or grades of U in research and thesis. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment, and the student may be suspended from graduate studies.

The program director and the Graduate School may also put students on probation for incompletes not cleared within one term. All incomplete grades must be resolved before a degree is granted.

Advisor / Committee

All students are required to conduct a yearly progress report meeting with their advisor, scheduled by December 17 and completed by April 30.

Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on the student’s registration. The meeting may be held via telephone, skype, or in person.

Assessments and Examinations

No formal examination is required.

Time Constraints

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence.

Students may count the coursework completed before their absence for meeting graduate degree credit requirements; the Graduate School will not count that work toward the Graduate School’s minimum residence credit minimum.

Language Requirements

No language requirements.

Faculty: Professors Eide (chair), Eisenstein, Smith; Associate Professor Yen