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Master of Science (M.S.)
Requirements for the M.S. degree in Nutrition are a minimum of 30 graduate credits of course work including a minimum of 12 credits of 600 level courses and a minimum of 6 graduate credits of masters thesis research (NFSC 799). A minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. The student must complete a thesis and successfully defend their research before a graduate faculty examining committee approved by the Graduate School. In addition the student must write a manuscript, i.e. one or more research papers based upon the thesis and be submitted to a refereed journal for review and publication. An average duration of a Master's project is 2-3 years depending upon prior education and experience.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in nutrition include a mastery of the broad fundamentals of nutrition as a science, as well as the demonstrated ability to conduct independent research. Course requirements include: a minimum of 27 graduate credits of course work including 9 credits of advanced nutriton course work,beyond the M.S. degree and 12 credits of NFSC 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research. A minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. Students are admitted to full candidacy for the Ph.D. upon passing a comprehensive written and oral exam on basic core knowledge of nutrition science and submittal of a research proposal. In addition the student must prepare and successfully defend a dissertation before their faculty advisory committee. The average duration of a Ph.D. degree program is 4-5 years, depending upon prior education and experience.
Sara Kao, Coordinator, Student Programs
0112 Skinner Building College Park
Telephone: (301) 405-8980
Fax: (301) 314-3313
Dr. Nadine Sahyoun, Director of the Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science
0102C Skinner Building
Telephone: (301) 405-8774
Fax: (301) 314-3313