Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

A minimum of 90 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree including 6 semester credit hours for dissertation. The degree plan must be approved by all members of the advisory committee.

Required Courses

The NFS required courses (11 semester credit hours) for all doctoral degrees include 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 may include foreign language, computer applications, research design, grant writing, laboratory techniques, or electronic information resources6


Additional Courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition

Additional courses may include:
Upper Level Nutrition Electives6
NFS 5331Seminar in Nutrition (Four times)4

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) required for the Ph.D. in Nutrition: Emphasis in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry to include courses in biology, chemistry, and/or physics. 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

Current information can be found in the PhD Handbook 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 hours, and it may not be taken more than twice.