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Degree Requirements

Academic prerequisites:

Some preparatory academic work may be required in addition to the minimum specialization requirements for the degree; the need for such work is determined in consultation with an adviser.

  • Foundation courses in nutrition and dietetics (12 credits)
  • Cognate study (by advisement) – course related to, but not in your specialized field of study (3 credits)
  • Research methods courses (15 credits)
  • Dissertation proposal seminar (3 credits)
  • Departmental doctoral seminar* (3 credits)
  • Specialization courses (by advisement) (minimum 18 credits)

Total: 54 points**

Dissertation requirements:

  • Departmental candidacy examination, which includes a written and oral examination
  • Preparation and defense of a research proposal
  • Development and completion of a doctoral research project
  • A dissertation on the project
  • A final oral examination on the dissertation research

*Additional credits of NUTR-GE 3098 Departmental Doctoral Seminar (1) as required to maintain matriculation

**Students matriculating with previous graduate work or master's degrees may be held for fewer credits as determined in consultation with an adviser.