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Doctor of Philosophy
Nutrition and Dietetics

In the Nutrition and Dietetics doctoral degree, you will choose a specialized area of study and build upon foundational courses in dietetics and research methods before proposing, writing, and defending a unique dissertation.

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Nutrition PhD candidates Rachel Ryan and Miriam Mahmood with Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition Jessica Bihuniak.

Degree Details

Official Degree Title

PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics

Full-time or Part-time
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Application Deadline
In the 2024 admissions cycle, only applications for part-time study will be reviewed.

A core component of completing the doctoral degree in Nutrition and Dietetics is writing and defending a dissertation on a relevant research topic of your choosing. You will work closely with faculty mentor(s) throughout the dissertation process to structure and advance the project.

Previous graduates have selected a range of topics to explore in their dissertations, including individuals’ cooking beliefs, students’ eating behaviors, and the relationship between nutrition and various food environments.

Learn more about the process for completing this degree and view the full curriculum.

The doctoral degree in Nutrition and Dietetics offers an interdisciplinary course of study that prepares you for advanced teaching, research, administrative, and leadership positions in academic, public health, government, or other industry institutions.

  • Departmental participation including Fall and Spring doctoral seminar

  • Engagement in research project development

  • Teaching experience and curriculum development

  • Candidacy examination and research proposal in the second year

  • Work with a primary mentor

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Research Spotlight

Recent PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics graduate Dr. Miriam Mahmood investigated the feasibility and outcomes of an internet-based, culinary behavioral weight loss program for NYU undergrads.

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Funding for Full-Time PhD Students

We offer our full-time doctoral students a competitive funding program that includes tuition and living expenses and includes teaching opportunities, and faculty mentoring. All doctoral applicants regardless of citizenship will be considered for scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships. US students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 to also be considered for student loans. For more information about financial aid see the Steinhardt Financial Aid website and the NYU Financial Aid website.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Dr. Kristie Lancaster at

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Nutrition and Food Studies

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New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-998-5580

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