Graduate Study


The Nutritional Sciences Program offers a a Master of Public Health (MPH), a Master of Science (MS), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)*.  Additionally, graduate students can combine their degree with an RDN training program, the Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics (GCPD), that provides the coursework and supervised practice required to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Training in the application of nutritional sciences to dietetic practice is provided through didactic, clinical, and community experiences.

*In autumn 2020 and 2021, we are only accepting PhD applications from students who are currently enrolled in our master’s programs. The suspension of admission to outside applicants gives us the opportunity to review and revise our curriculum and improve student opportunities.

Students pursue jobs in public health and nutrition research; clinical dietetics (neonatal, pediatrics, adult); local, state, and U.S. government funded nutrition programs; home health care; food and supplement industry; consulting practice (business, private); corporate wellness; and sports performance. Median annual earnings of dietitians and nutritionists was $59,410 in 2017. Visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook for more information about a career in nutrition and dietetics.

Graduates of the program work as research coordinators in the Center for Public Health Nutrition, the Hunger Intervention Program (Program Manager), Washington Physicians Health Program (Research and Communications Coordinator), Highline Medical Center (On-Call Dietician), and Harborview Medical Center (Meal Host Program Coordinator), to name a few examples.

We offer a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health and a Nutrition minor.

The Food Systems major is not a clinical nutrition or dietetics degree and will not, alone, prepare students for that career path.

The Nutritional Sciences Option in the Public Health-Global Health Major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree by providing an organized pathway of courses for students that will help in their preparation for graduate studies in nutrition or dietetics, whether at the UW or with another Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited graduate program.

No.  Our graduate program is a full-time, day program held on the Seattle UW campus. There are universities that offer distance learning programs and they are listed on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

Tuition and fees are established by the University of Washington. You may review the residency website for more information on residency classification.

Though financial assistance through the Nutritional Sciences Program is limited, students who have already been accepted to the program may be eligible for assistantships, scholarships, or other financial assistance. International students, however, must show proof of financial ability before enrolling.