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Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program: Ph.D. Degree

Degrees Offered

The Field of Nutrition admits students for the Ph.D. degree. An opportunity to be admitted to a Combined Ph.D./R.D. Program also exists. Prospective students should choose the degree that best suits their career goals and interests.

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree may specialize in:
Molecular Nutrition
Human Nutrition
Community Nutrition
International Nutrition

Registration Units and Field Requirements: The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of six semesters of full-time study. Students complete courses in the Field of Nutrition and two additional graduate fields. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must pass the Admission to Candidacy examination within six semesters of matriculation and successfully defend a dissertation based on original research.

Special Committees: Graduate Study in the Field of Nutrition is guided by a Special Committee, which consists of the student's research advisor and representatives of two additional graduate fields, plus an appointed representative of the Field of Nutrition. The Special Committee guides all students in their selection of courses, examines Ph.D. candidates for admission to doctoral candidacy and evaluates the research thesis or dissertation.

Research Topics: Students select their research advisor from among the members of the Field of Nutrition. The research interests and recent publications of current members of the Field of Nutrition are described on the Faculty Pages.

Students concentrating in International Nutrition may also choose to complete the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S) degree offered through the Field of International Development. Further information about this option can be obtained from the Director of the Program in International Nutrition.