The Department of Foods and Nutrition graduate program is ranked as a Top 25 program in the US. Our students are employed or are admitted to other graduate or professional degree programs shortly after graduation. For this reason, we attract a high caliber of students from a variety of backgrounds into our graduate programs.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. program allows extensive research and study in any one of our specialized program areas. You are provided with customized training in:

  • Research methodologies
  • Effective grant writing
  • Dissemination of research findings at scientific conferences and in published journals and books
  • Teaching students and/or the public in academic and community settings
  • Making scholarly contributions to the profession and society

Careers include positions as university faculty, government agency experts and as scientists in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Master of Science

Accelerated M.S. Program

Our Accelerated M.S. Program enables you to complete both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees in 5 to 6 years of full-time study.

Thesis Option

In the thesis option you'll conduct an in-depth research study in one of our specialized program areas in conjunction with supporting coursework.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option provides a research experience and additional coursework to prepare you for clinical, community, industry and government careers. In contrast to the M.S.-thesis option, the required research project is smaller in scope and is not designed for students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree.

M.S. Dietetic Internship

In the Dietetic Internship you'll complete supervised practice hours within healthcare or community-based settings that qualify you to take the registration exam to become a registered dietitian. You may pursue either the thesis or non-thesis option.

Student Research

Student research training spans the basic, clinical and applied sciences. Research experiences, courses, internships, certificates, and certifications prepare students for careers in:

  • Academia
  • Industry
  • Government
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care
  • Public health
  • Schools
  • Wellness programs

Interdisciplinary Education

Our faculty and students have interdisciplinary concentrations involving:

  • Obesity
  • Dietetics
  • Genetics
  • Children
  • Clinical
  • Phytochemicals
  • Sports
  • Public health
  • Regenerative medicine

Classroom or Online

Courses are offered in traditional classroom settings and a growing number of courses and programs are offered in online and distance education formats. The School Nutrition Director Certification Program is fully online.

Financial Aid

More than 90% of our full-time graduate students are awarded financial aid and work alongside our faculty conducting research, providing nutrition interventions in community settings, and teaching undergraduate courses.

View our Graduate Manual

Additional valuable information, including how to find a major professor and sample programs of study, can be found in our Graduate Manual.

Our Graduates Succeed

Our current students are award winners at the international and university-, state- and nation-wide levels. We give our graduates cutting-edge nutrition education and research experience so they shine as leaders in their careers. Here's what some of them are up to:

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