Doctoral Degree Process

  1. Identify your temporary faculty advisor. This advisor will help you select courses and get started on the degree process.
  2. Every semester: Attend NUTR-GE 3098 Doctoral Seminar. Register for the course for 1 credit in every semester in which you are not enrolled in at least 3 credits of coursework.
  3. Begin taking academic coursework.
  4. Select the doctoral advisor who will chair your dissertation committee and supervise your research.
  5. Select and begin work on a topic for your dissertation research.
  6. Take courses in your specialization and in cognate studies (related to but not in your field of specialization), and other requirements.
  7. Doctoral Candidacy Examination: arrange to take when you have completed at least 18 - but not more than 36 - credits of coursework. Two months prior to the candidacy exam, develop a reading list and seek feedback from your faculty advisor and other faculty members who will serve on your candidacy exam committee. 
  8. Doctoral Committee: select and request official appointment of a committee chair from the department plus two additional NYU faculty members; meet at least once with full committee.
  9. Dissertation Proposal: decide on final topic for dissertation. Take Dissertation Proposal Seminar. Write (and re-write) proposal. Obtain approvals from all three committee members.
  10. Proposal Review: dissertation committee chair will decide among three oral review options: department faculty, department faculty and outside reviewers, or The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development health panel. Defend proposal.
  11. Complete coursework and conduct and complete dissertation research.
  12. Analyze data and write dissertation with guidance and approval by committee members.
  13. Submit approved dissertation to Office of Graduate Studies and register for final oral examination by committee members and two outside reviewers.
  14. Defend dissertation at Final Oral Examination; revise dissertation and submit to committee members and Office of Graduate Studies for final approval.