Division of Nutritional Sciences

division website: https://nutrsci.illinois.edu/

research interests: https://nutrsci.illinois.edu/research/

college website: https://aces.illinois.edu

Graduate Degree Programs

The Division of Nutritional Sciences is the interdisciplinary program for graduate education in nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More than 60 faculty, representing 15 different departments in seven colleges on the Urbana and Chicago campuses, are members of the Division. The Division is a comprehensive program of study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, alone or in combination with either the M.D. or M.P.H. degrees or the registration in dietetics (R.D.). Flexible graduate programs of study enable students to individualize their coursework and professional training. In addition, extensive research opportunities are available that address the spectrum from research at the level of the genome and proteome to clinical and population-based intervention studies. Specialties are classified into six broad theme areas in which our faculty and students are most active (see Research Interests). These themes best reflect the areas of nutrition research for which the Division is recognized both nationally and internationally.


Applicants are expected to have an admission grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) for the last two years of coursework and basic courses in chemistry, biology and mathematics. Deficiencies in these subjects must be removed during the first year of graduate study. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required. Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550, 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the iBT TOEFL. Admission in the fall, spring or summer will be considered.

Internship in Dietetics

Students in the Division of Nutritional Sciences can participate in an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) accredited graduate dietetic internship program administered through the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. The program includes defined graduate course requirements and a six-month dietetic clinical internship. In order to be eligible for the graduate internship program, students must complete all undergraduate course competencies required by the AND for the Registration in Dietetics (R.D.). Students are accepted into the internship by computer matching through the standard dietetic internship application process. More information on the graduate dietetic internship program can be obtained at fshn.illinois.edu/graduate/dietetic-internship/prospective or from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (260 Bevier Hall; (217)-244-4498).

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program.

Faculty Research Interests

The Division is composed of faculty whose research interests cover many disciplines within nutrition. Descriptions of faculty research interests and a listing of recent publications are available at the Division website. Six broad theme areas are:

  • Animal Nutrition
  • Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition
  • Community Nutrition, Nutrition Education and Consumer Acceptance
  • Dietary Bioactive Components
  • Food Safety and Toxicology
  • Human and Clinical Nutrition

Facilities and Resources

The Division office is located in room 449 Bevier Hall. Office and research laboratory facilities utilized by graduate students in Nutritional Sciences are administered by the home department of the student's adviser.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available in the form of assistantships, scholarships and fellowships. Applicants seeking fall admission and expecting to be considered for financial assistance should file their applications before the preceding December 15th. Later applications may be considered, depending on the space and support available.

director of the division and of graduate studies: Elvira de Mejia

correspondence and admission information: Sarah Wells

division address: 449 Bevier Hall

905 South Goodwin Avenue

Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-4177

fax: (217) 333-9368

email: nutritionalsciences@illinois.edu

Graduate Programs:

degree: Nutritional Science, MS

degree: Nutritional Science, PhD

joint degree program: Nutritional Science, PhD and Public Health, MPH