Nutritional Science, PhD

for the Doctor of Philosophy in Nutritional Science


In addition to maintaining a 3.0 average in formal coursework, Ph.D. students are required to take a qualifying examination, an oral preliminary examination and a final thesis examination. There is no foreign language requirement, but students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate competence in English.

NUTR 500Nutritional Sciences Seminar (enrollment each semester and one presentation during program)1
Select one or both of the following, unless taken during M.S. degree (max 4):4
Seminar in Foods and Nutrition
Disciplinary Seminar
NUTR 510Topics in Nutrition Research1
or NUTR 561 Advanced Clinical Nutrition
NUTR 511Regulation of Metabolism4
Two additional courses in general nutrition6-8
Research/Project/Independent Study Hours (2 max applied toward degree)2
NUTR 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)40 or 48
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Coursework total: with M.S. degree in Nutritional Science (16) or with MS in other field (24)
Masters Degree Required for Admission to PhD? No, but Masters level requirements must be met (32 additional hours min)
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.0