M.S. / Ph.D

Welcome to the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison! Our IGPNS program comprises faculty from Nutritional Sciences, Biochemistry, Medicine, Animal Sciences and more.

Degrees Offered

Incoming students can choose their study focus from three emphasis groups: Biochemical and Molecular NutritionHuman Nutrition, and Animal Nutrition.

Ph.D. degrees are offered in the Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition, Human Nutrition and Animal Nutrition Emphasis Groups.

Masters degrees are offered in the Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition and Human Nutrition Emphasis Groups.

Program Objectives

  • Provide students with an understanding of basic nutrition principles as they apply to both humans and animals.
  • Introduce students to the multidisciplinary nature of nutrition research.
  • Assist students in attaining a successful career through their studies and research.
  • IGPNS degrees comply with the Higher Learning Commission. Learn more here.

Program Strengths

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison consistently ranks in the top five of all public universities in funds received for research and development.
  • UW-Madison has one of the largest biological science research communities in the world with over 700 faculty, 1,500 academic staff, 700 postdoctoral fellows, and over 2,500 graduate students.
  • The IGPNS provides students the opportunity to work with 47 faculty from more than 19 departments within the University of Wisconsin.
  • Prospective students can choose between 3 areas of nutrition research emphasis: Biochemical/Molecular, Human and Animal Nutrition.
  • In addition to a very competitive stipend, the program covers all tuition costs and provides comprehensive health-care benefits.
  • The UW-Madison campus offers plentiful activities to enjoy year-round, from exploration of natural, historic, and architectural marvels to attendance at riveting arts performances or athletic events.
  • Madison, known for its ‘four lakes’, is within driving distance to Milwaukee (79 miles), Chicago (148 miles) and Minneapolis (270 miles). Additional information about living in Madison can be found on the About Us page.

Resources for Current Students

An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is an essential tool to help graduate students and postdoctoral researchers:

  • assess current skills, interests, and strengths;
  • make a plan for developing skills to meet academic and professional goals; and
  • communicate with supervisors, advisors, and mentors about evolving goals and related skills.

Find more information about IDP here.