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Graduate Degrees

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The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers graduate study leading to a Master of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nutritional Sciences. Graduate study in NSCI emphasizes research and the application of research to the field of human nutrition. Graduate students work with advisers and advisory committees to develop flexible, yet rigorous programs of study and research that meet the degree requirements and students’ professional goals within an area of specialization in the field. Visit our Graduate Students section for detailed information about the graduate program and resources.

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The PhD degree is awarded in Nutritional Sciences. Two options are available: a 60 hour program for MS graduates and a 80 hour program for BS graduates.

The focus of the program is to prepare individuals for careers in a variety of areas including higher education, industry, healthcare and governmental programs. The PhD program includes a strong emphasis on research in areas ranging from basic molecular and cellular sciences to clinical and community applications. Students also gain experience in resource generation, knowledge sharing and community engagement.

Each program of study is designed by the student under direction of his/her faculty adviser and advisory committee to develop the student’s competence in an area of specialization and research methodologies.
Doctoral training includes:
15-30 hours of dissertation research
Qualifying examination covering core nutrition knowledge
Comprehensive exam focused on the specialization area
Participation in research throughout the program.

The Master of Science Degree

The Plan of Study (POS) for a master's degree student is individually planned to develop academic excellence specific to the student's career goals. The selection and organization of courses are made in consultation with the adviser and the student's advisory committee. Within the MS in Nutritional Sciences there are two options: M.S. NSCI Dietetics Research and M.S. NSCI Nutrition, as detailed below.  


Visit our Graduate Students section for detailed information about the graduate program and resources.

Visit our NSCI Directory for faculty contact information and to click through to individual Graduate Faculty profile pages and learn about research areas.