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Our graduate programs offer opportunities to pursue specialized study under the tutelage of a widely-published research scientist in a department full of seasoned scholars. The department funds nine graduate fellowships each year(actual number of available fellowships will vary); individual faculty may also fund additional graduate students through grants.

We offer two Master degree programs; an M.S. in Nutrition and Food Sciences and an M.S. in Dietetics, as well as a multi-disciplinary PhD in Food Systems.

  • Doris Ogden poster presentation

    PhD graduate student Doris Ogden presents her poster, "Weight loss may improve aspects of executive function", at Obesity Week 2016, October 31-November 4, in New Orleans.

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Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences (M.S. NFS)

Faculty research encompasses both basic and applied aspects of human nutrition and food science. Current studies focus on Web-based interactive multimedia tools for teaching and research, Internet-based weight management programs, milk chemistry, cheese technology and food microbiology.

Since our faculty members` research interests are diverse, prospective graduate students should visit our faculty info section to review their research interests and contact individual department members for information about ongoing research projects and fellowship/assistantship opportunities.

Graduate student applicants must have a faculty member willing to serve as their major advisor in order to be accepted into the program.

Some of the places our M.S. in Nutrition and Food Sciences graduates have found employment:

  • PhD student at UC Davis
  • Extension Educator, Louisiana State University
  • Research Assistant, Vermont Lung Center
  • Health Analyst, Vermont Department of Health
  • Extension EFNEP Coordinator, University of Vermont
  • Product Development Scientist, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
  • Diabetes Educator


Deadline for the M.S. in NFS applications: Feb 15, for students seeking funding (assistantships, fellowships).
Decisions are made by March 15.

Applications from students not seeking funding are accepted on a rolling basis.

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For more information on the M.S. in NFS contact: Paul Kindstedt, PhD, or 802-656-2935



Master of Science Degree in Dietetics (MSD)

The Master of Science in Dietetics (MSD) Program in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Vermont is a 30-hour graduate credit degree that prepares students for professional practice as a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RD/N).  The program includes didactic coursework and supervised practice culminating in eligibility to write the exam for registered dietitian/nutritionists.

Some of the places our M.S. in Dietetics graduates have found employment:

  • Eating Well Media Group, Charlotte, VT, Digital Meal Plan Editor
  • Georgetown Public Schools, MA, Food Service Director
  • University of Vermont Dining Services/Sodexho, Campus Dietitian
  • Ogden-Weber Community Action, Salt Lake City, UT, Nutrition Supervisor for Head Start
  • United States Navy, San Diego CA, Clinical Dietitian
  • Brown University, Providence, RI, Administrative Dietitian
  • Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center, Mahwah, NJ, Eating Disorder Specialist
  • St. John's Medical Center, Jackson, WY, Clinical and Wellness Dietetian
  • Vermont Department of Health, Public Health Nutritionist
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, NH, Oncology Dietetian
  • Southern Maine Health Centers, Nutrition Support Dietitian
  • Fueling Fitness, Burlington, VT, Owner/Nutrition Entrepreneur


Deadline for the MSD applications: Feb 15 with decisions made in March.

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For more information on the MSD contact: Farryl Bertmann, PhD, RDN,  802-656-4336


PhD in Food Systems

The Food Systems Graduate program offers a transdisciplinary, cohort educational model. The PhD in Food Systems combines a comprehensive investigation of food systems and a commitment to developing methods for solving the current problems of the food system

Career Opportunities in Food Systems:

Career paths in food systems are varied and can include work in advocacy and policy, entrepreneurship, community development, education, agriculture, food distribution, cooking, writing, and marketing. List of resources to help launch your job, fellowship or internship search.

  • Subscribe to the Tufts University comfood jobs listserv for job, fellowship and internship postings across the country.
  • Good Food Jobs is also great for nationwide job postings. And, if you are wondering what field is best for you, the site provides career profiles and video blogs of professionals in a variety of food systems job fields.
  • Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. They also provide an expansive list of organizations that are working to improve the food system.
  • Grace News offers a guide for jobs in food sustainability on their EcoCentric blog site.


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For more information on the PhD in FS contact: Allison Spain, or 802-656-2042