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 from an accredited college or university. A Masters 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.
The minimum requirements for IGPNS is as follows:
- Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent and a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
- Have completed the following prerequisite courses:
- 2 semesters of General Chemistry
- 2 semesters of Biological Sciences
- 1 semester of Organic Chemistry
- Biochemistry with an Organic Chemistry prerequisite
- 1 semester of Calculus or Statistics
- 1 semester of Physiology
Visit the Graduate School Admission Requirements page to learn more about the admissions requirements including information on financial documentation for international students.
Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), but are welcome to submit their scores on the Application.
To ensure full consideration for admission into IGPNS, it is strongly recommended that applications be completed and submitted by January 1st 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. Offers of Admissions are usually made in March. 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 the following:
(1) A brief statement about your professional goals
(2) The emphasis group in which you have the most interest:
Biochemical & Molecular Nutrition, Animal Nutrition (PhD only), or Human Nutrition
(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.
d. TOEFL scores, if necessary
International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if:
- the official language of instruction at the undergraduate institution is exclusively English;
- they have completed two full-time semesters of work in a U.S. institution;
- if they have a degree from an accredited U.S. institution
Please see the UW-Madison Graduate School Admissions Requirements for International Student Admissions information.
d. Unofficial transcript, submitted electronically.
2. Be sure to closely follow the steps to apply for Graduate School found on their Admissions page and watch your application status page through MyUW for missing checklist items or additional information.