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The PhD in Nutrition program at TWU is one of the largest doctoral programs in nutrition in the country. Goals of the program are to advance student knowledge and expertise in a specific field of study, provide opportunities for research and assist students in developing leadership skills.

Doctoral Student Handbook

 PhD in Nutrition

TWU doctoral students who major in nutrition take graduate level courses in nutrition and human metabolism, clinical nutrition, and applied nutrition or nutrition in the life cycle. They also complete other nutrition-related courses plus graduate level courses in chemistry and biology. Students complete a dissertation. The mission of this degree program is to prepare an individual to function as a critical, independent scientist. Students graduating with this degree are prepared for careers as university educators, research scientists or specialized professionals within the field of nutrition.

Doctoral Admission

For unconditional admission, applicants must present:

  • Official transcripts that show evidence of prerequisite courses and at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 undergraduate hours and all post-baccalaureate and graduate hours.
  • Evidence of completing the Graduate Record Examination with a preferred minimum score of 150 (450 original) on the verbal portion and 146 (550 original) on the quantitative portion.
  • Two letters of reference
  • A statement of purpose (1-2 pages) that includes reasons for undertaking graduate work, explanation of study and research interests, work experience, and professional goals.

Applicants who meet the above criteria with exception of GPA may qualify for provisional admission if they have at least a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) on the last 60 undergraduate hours and all post-baccalaureate and graduate hours.

Application Deadlines

Fall Admission - June 15
Spring Admission - October 1
Summer Admission - April 1

PhD Exit Exam

PhD Preliminary Examination Guidelines

PhD Exam Rubric

PhD Exam Application


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