In just 4 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 new 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. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of dietitians will increase 16% by 2024 and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development foresees a nearly 11% increase in dietitian and nutritionist jobs by 2022. 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 student’s strong foundation in biochemistry, physiology, 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.


As importantly, you 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, with the unique ability to complete your education while working 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 our field.


What you Learn

  • Translate research; recognize and formulate responses to evolving developments in the field; and learn to lead and manage professional teams in designing nutrition-related services
  • Gain specialized knowledge in clinical nutrition, including energy metabolism, micronutrient requirements, and nutrigenomics
  • Learn advanced skills in nutritional assessment and care of patients with complicated disorders or diseases, as well as in nutrition counseling and education

Where & How you learn


  • Online


  • 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

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All applicants must:

  • 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:
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics
  • Human Nutrition
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Apply to the UW–Madison Graduate School. Your application must include a statement on your reasons for applying; three letters of recommendation; TOEFL scores if applicable; and unofficial transcripts, electronically submitted

To ensure full consideration for admission into the Master’s of Science in Clinical Nutrition, it is strongly recommended that applications be completed by:

  • Fall semester: February 15th (Priority); July 15th (Final)
  • Spring semester: November 1st (Priority); December 15th (Final)
  • Summer semester: March 1st (Priority); May 15th (Final)

Applications received after their respective deadlines will be considered as space permits. Review of applications for admissions are reviewed immediately after respective deadlines, applicants can usually expect to be notified a month after deadlines.
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