What are the Doctoral Degree Requirements?
The doctor of philosophy is primarily a research degree. Consequently, it’s heavily focused on the research and less on coursework. The following research areas are available in the program:
- Human Nutrition
- Nutritional Biochemistry
- Public Health Nutrition
The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 50 credits. If you have a M.S. in Nutrition from the University of Minnesota, the Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 48 credits (14 graduate level Nutrition credits and 6 credits outside the major will have already been completed and can be used toward the Ph.D. requirements).
14 Graduate Level Course Credits in Nutrition
- NUTR 8621, Presentation Skills (Fall, 1cr) Should been taken the first fall semester
An orientation class taught by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
Graduate Nutrition core series*
- NUTR 5625 - Nutritional Biochemistry (Fall, 3 cr)
- NUTR 5626 - Nutritional Physiology (Spring, 3 cr)
- NUTR 5622 - Vitamin and Mineral Biochemistry (Spring, 3 cr)
Two 8xxx level courses (2 cr.each) from the following list:
- NUTR 8620, Advances in Nutrition (Spring)
- NUTR 8620, Advances in Nutrition (Fall)
- NUTR 8611, The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Causation and Prevention
12 Graduate Level Course Credits Outside the Major
- Must include one graduate level Statistics course.
- Students enrolling Fall semester 2015 and later must include one graduate level research methods course (at least 2 cr.). Students can select from a list of recommended courses already offered across the university in consultation with their advisor.
- Other courses may be from any field but must be at the 5xxx or 8xxx level. (Exceptions: 6xxx Public Health courses are allowed)
- Certain course requirements may be deemed met if their equivalents were taken at another institution and the transfer of graduate courses for credit may also be considered when a student submits their Graduate Degree Plan to the DGS for approval.
24 Doctoral Thesis Credits (NUTR 8888)
Additional Doctoral Degree Requirements
- All required courses, except NUTR 8621, must be taken A/F
- Maintenance of a 3.0 GPA
- In addition to the academic requirements, students are expected to obtain teaching experience. All Ph.D. Nutrition graduate students are expected to assist in teaching a course three times.
- Passage of a preliminary written exam (See Appendix C)
- Passage of a preliminary oral exam (See Appendix C), taken after passage of the preliminary written exam
- Passage of a final oral exam (See Appendix D)
- Completion of a doctoral thesis.