Application Process

General Admission Requirements

For admission to the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences (IGPNS) a student must have completed a B.S. or B.A. degree in a recognized college or university. A Master’s degree is not required for admission to our Ph.D. program. The basic background for the degree program may be provided by an undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, or in one of the biological, medical, or agricultural sciences with a strong complement of basic science courses.

All applicants should have a grade average of B, or better, and undergraduate research experience is strongly recommended.

Please see also the ‘Prerequisites for Admission’ listed under your emphasis group of interest:

Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
Human Nutrition
Animal Nutrition

The Graduate School admissions requirements, including information on financial documentation for international students, may be found here: Graduate School Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and should do so in October or earlier so that the scores will be available by December.

Application Process

To ensure full consideration for admission into IGPNS, it is strongly recommended that applications be completed by January 1 for fall admission. Applications received after that time will be considered as funding and space permits. Review of applications for fall admission and selection of the incoming class begins the second week of January. Final decisions are usually made by March 15. Due to the extremely limited funding during Spring and Summer sessions, only direct admissions will be considered during those times.

Steps to apply are listed below:

1. Complete a UW-Madison Graduate School Electronic Application.

The electronic application includes:

a. Reasons for Graduate Study

Please include (1) a brief statement about your professional goals, (2) indicate which of the three emphasis groups (Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition, Human Nutrition, Animal Nutrition) you are interested in, and (3) a summary of your previous research experience.

b. Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation are required. All letters of recommendation are submitted electronically through the admission application.

c. GRE scores (institution code: 1846), from within the past 5 years.

d. TOEFL scores, if necessary.

d. Unofficial transcript, submitted electronically.

2. Be sure to closely follow the Steps to Apply for Graduate School and watch your application status page through MyUW for missing checklist items or additional information.

For any questions or if you need additional information please go over the Graduate Admissions FAQ, or e-mail the Graduate Program Coordinator: Jonathan King (