Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

Minimum of 90 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree including 6 semester credit hours for dissertation. The degree plan must be approved in a meeting with advisory committee members; changes must be approved by all members of the committee.

Required Courses

The NFS required courses (11 semester credit hours) for all doctoral degrees includes the following requirements:

NFS 5314Nutrition and Human Metabolism4
NFS 6123Micronutrients in Human Nutrition3
NFS 6124Macronutrients in Human Nutrition4


Research Tools (12 semester credit hours)

Statistics6
Other research tools (Research tools may include, but not limited to, foreign language, computer applications, research design, grant writing, laboratory techniques, or electronic information resources).6


Additional courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition

Additional courses may include:
Nutrition Electives (at least 6 semester credit hours). Choose from the courses offered in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences6
NFS 6331Advanced Seminar in Nutrition1
(Students can replace NFS 6331 with NFS 5331)

Note: Total minimum semester credit hours needed for graduation is 90 semester credit hours. Additional information can be found at the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences' website .

Additional courses (9 semester credit hours or more) required for the Ph.D. in Nutrition: Emphasis in Food Science

  • To include courses in the Department of Biology, and/or Chemistry and Physics.

  • These courses will be decided in consultation with the advisory committee.

Additional courses (9 semester credit hours or more) required for the Ph.D. in Nutrition: Emphasis in Food Systems Administration

  • To include courses in the School of Management, and/or Program in Healthcare Administration.

  • These courses will be decided in consultation with the advisory committee.


Residency Requirement

Although there is no residency requirement, at least 50% of all the required semester credit hours for graduation must be earned at Texas Woman’s University.


Qualifying Examination

Written and oral comprehensive examinations must be passed prior to admission to candidacy. Examinations may not be taken more than twice. The written examination may be taken after satisfactory completion of NFS core courses (11 semester credit hours) and research tools (12 semester credit hours). The written examination will be administered under the policies and guidelines executed by the NFS PhD Qualifying Examination Committee. The student must satisfactorily pass the written examination before the oral examination can be scheduled. The oral examination should be held within four weeks after the written examination is satisfactorily completed. Length of the oral examination should not exceed three hours. The written examination is generally scheduled in October, March, and July of each academic year. Additional information can be found at Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences' website .


Final Examination

The final examination is oral and includes defense of the dissertation and the research on which it is based. The final examination should not exceed three semester credit hours and it may not be taken more than twice.