The Division of Nutritional Sciences is the interdisciplinary program for graduate education in nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. To date, over 425 graduate have earned degrees. After graduation, our alumni receive well-paying, challenging positions.

Students participate in a comprehensive program of study leading to M.S., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D. and Ph.D./MPH degrees, alone or in combination with the AND-accredited Graduate Dietetic Internship program, leading to the registration in dietetics (R.D.).

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Nutritional Sciences, M.S.

Our M.S. degree recipients often continue on for further education in medical school or graduate school. Others step directly into employment positions as clinical dietitians, nutrition consultants, instructors in 2-year and 4-year colleges, research associates in university, industry or government (e.g. NIH) laboratories.

Degree requirements

Nutritional Sciences, Ph.D.

Our doctoral degree recipients usually start their postgraduate careers as postdoctoral fellows or in medical school, often in the Medical Scholars Program (M.D./Ph.D.) at the University of Illinois. Most of our Ph.D. alumni either hold faculty positions at prestigious academic institutions or are employed as research program directors in the food and nutrition industry. Several have started their own companies or are involved in private consulting.

Degree requirements

Nutritional Science, PhD and Public Health, MPH

The M.P.H. can be earned jointly with the Ph.D. in Nutritional Science. In the joint program up to 12 hours of coursework may be applied to both degrees, and the degrees are conferred simultaneously at the completion of the program.

Degree requirements

AND-accredited Graduate Dietetic Internship program, leading to the registration in dietetics (R.D.)

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition offers a dietetic internship for master's and doctoral students specializing in human nutrition. Completion of the degree and the internship qualifies the student to take the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics registration examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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