Doctoral Program in Nutrition

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 64 semester credit hours beyond the M.S. level or 96 semester credit hours beyond the B.S. level. Near or at the end of the didactic portion of the program, students take a preliminary exam intended to assess knowledge and competence in nutrition and related fields. Students passing the preliminary exam are admitted to candidacy for a Ph.D. degree. All students are expected to be active participants in the Intercollegiate Faculty of Nutrition seminar series each semester they are enrolled.

Core Curriculum

Biochemistry, Statistics, Physiology, Nutrition, Seminar

Subject Requirements with B.S.

  • Nutrition – 12 Credits
  • 600 level Biochemistry – 6 Credits
  • 600 level Physiology – 6 Credits
  • 600 level Statistics – 6 Credits
  • 600 level Seminar* – 3 Credits

*Seminar is required every regular semester. Register for 0 or 1 credit.

Subject Requirements with M.S.

  • Nutrition – 6 Credits
  • 600 level Biochemistry – 3 Credits
  • 600 level Physiology – 3 Credits
  • 600 level Statistics – 3 Credits
  • 600 level Seminar** – 2 Credits

**Seminar is required every regular semester. Register for 0 or 1 credit.


Core requirements may not be met by 691 (research) or 685 (special problems) credits.

A single course may not be used to meet more than one core subject requirement. For example,  NUTR 642 (Nutritional Biochemistry) may not be used for both Biochemistry and Nutrition requirements on the same degree plan.

The degree plan of the Ph.D. student is the responsibility of the student and the student’s  graduate committee. The purpose of the core is only to provide a minimum number of courses in various disciplines to ensure that students receive a foundational education in Nutrition.

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