Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program (NSGP)



The Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona is leading the way in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that advances the discovery and translation of nutrition science and health. That research strength provides outstanding opportunities for students in our graduate programs, leading to a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nutritional Sciences.


  • Interdisciplinary Research: One of the most important features of the University of Arizona (UA) Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program (NSGP) is its interdisciplinary nature. By working together with other disciplines, we can achieve so much more and start to unravel complex scientific problems related to nutrition.
  • 1st Year Research Rotations: Some students enter graduate school knowing exactly what they want to do and others are less clear on their interests. Regardless of your designation, we welcome you to take a closer look at our program. Due to the diversity of faculty research interests within NSGP, students complete laboratory rotations in their first semester to find the right fit among student, mentor and research interest.
  • Funding: During the first year, students are supported by teaching assistantships, which provide a stipend, medical insurance and tuition coverage. In the second year, students are supported 50% on teaching assistantships and 50% on research assistantships. In subsequent years, students are supported by faculty grants, training grants, and fellowships.
  • Mentoring: We believe all students have a specific path toward their career goals, and NSGP is committed to guiding students along their paths. Students are mentored by the NSGP faculty throughout their training starting with the selection of rotation advisors and ending with guidance to complete their graduation requirements.
  • Future Employment: NSGP graduates are employed in diverse job sectors including: academia (53%), medical/business (25%), industry (11%), government (6%) and non-profit agencies (6%).