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Clinical Nutrition

Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition

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In just four semesters, complete your Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition completely online as you build advanced skills to better serve people and communities.


Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition is offered totally online, so you don’t have to put your career or internship plans on hold while you gain the expertise employers demand.

Get ahead of increasing educational requirements and a growing market demand. Starting in 2024, a master’s level degree will be required for anyone applying to sit for the Registration Exam for Dietitians. The online Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition does not take the place of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics; therefore, will not lead to eligibility. Rather, our program is designed to build upon a student’s strong foundation in biochemistry, physiology, and human and clinical nutrition.

Leaders in clinical nutrition must understand and incorporate the latest research, be able to assess complicated disorders and diseases, and provide expertise to help people change their behaviors and their understanding of nutritional issues. You also need to be culturally competent and able to take a client-centered approach that reflects diverse individual and population perspective. Plus, you need critical thinking, communication, project management, and leadership experience. Employers want people with precisely this mix of expertise—yet perhaps less than half of current nutritionists are equipped to meet their requirements.

The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition provides training in all of these areas, all while you continue to work in your current job or on your dietetic internship. Your coursework 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 a leader in the field.

Is this program right for you?

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition is offered totally online, so you don’t have to put your career or internship plans on hold while you gain the expertise employers demand.

Get ahead of increasing educational requirements and a growing market demand. Starting in 2024, a master’s level degree will be required for anyone applying to sit for the Registration Exam for Dietitians. The online Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition does not take the place of an ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics; therefore, will not lead to eligibility. Rather, our program is designed to build upon a student’s strong foundation in biochemistry, physiology, and human and clinical nutrition.

Leaders in clinical nutrition must understand and incorporate the latest research, be able to assess complicated disorders and diseases, and provide expertise to help people change their behaviors and their understanding of nutritional issues. You also need to be culturally competent and able to take a client-centered approach that reflects diverse individual and population perspective. Plus, you need critical thinking, communication, project management, and leadership experience. Employers want people with precisely this mix of expertise—yet perhaps less than half of current nutritionists are equipped to meet their requirements.

The Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition provides training in all of these areas, all while you continue to work in your current job or on your dietetic internship. Your coursework 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 a leader in the field.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Have successfully completed general chemistry, organic chemistry, biological sciences, physiology, biochemistry, statistics, human nutrition and clinical nutrition.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts

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Program Overview: Clinical Nutrition

November 10
noon-1 p.m.
Program managers Makayla Schuchardt and Cassie Vanderwall will share details about the UW Integrated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, including the supervised experiential learning, coursework and application information.
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November 10
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
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Program highlights

  • Our program is completely online, so you can complete your degree from almost anywhere in the world.
  • Our courses are designed to be immediately applicable to the real world. You learn through project-based activities and actual case studies from UW Hospital, and develop a culminating research proposal applicable to your interests.

UW–Madison is named #6 in the nation in Best Online Master's in Clinical Nutrition programs from BestColleges.

How you'll learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Complete the program in four semesters of full-time enrollment or work part-time on your own schedule; if you already have your certificate in clinical nutrition from UW–Madison, you can finish your master’s degree in just two semesters.
  • Learn through project-based activities, actual case studies from UW Hospital and other programs, weekly web conferences, and discussion boards.
  • Develop a research proposal applicable to your interests or your employer’s needs.

Sample curriculum

Core Nutrition Courses

  • Human Energy Metabolism
  • Personalized Nutrition: Genetics, Genomics, and Metagenomics
  • Micronutrients: Human Physiology and Disease
  • Nutrition Informatics
  • Advanced Community Nutrition

Clinical Nutrition Courses

  • Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Critical Care and Nutrition Support
  • Advanced Clinical Nutrition: Pediatrics
  • Advanced Nutrition Counseling and Education
  • Clinical Nutrition Research

Professional Skills

  • Connected Learning
  • Professional Writing
  • Professional Presentations
  • Managing Information
  • Leading Teams
  • Project Management
  • Professional Ethics

Electives

  • Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Health
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Aging

Want to sample an online course?

Test drive Canvas, our online learning platform, with two modules from a real UW–Madison master’s program.

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Job outlook

Market Salary
$58K in 2019

Projected Job Growth
14.6% for Dietitians and Nutritionists (2016-2026)

Job Postings
2,199 in 2019

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

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Julia Rinehart

 I chose the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition because I wanted to help others appreciate food as comfort, life-giving and medicine. Being able to obtain this degree while working has given me so many opportunities to apply my learning directly to practice. 

Julia Rinehart, Clinical Nutrition