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Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Nutrition Science

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Ph.D. in Medical Nutrition Science Admission

Students may enroll in this program with a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science degree. The program curriculum depends on whether the student has an undergraduate or graduate degree as well as on the area of study. Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency.

Prospective students must first meet program eligibility requirements. When ready to apply, please review the complete list of application requirements.

  1. College Course Work Requirements. The course work required depends on whether the student is accepted to the Ph.D. program with a Bachelor of Science or a Master of Science degree as well as on the area of study (nutrition, biological sciences, or other areas of study). Hours for completion are the ultimate decision of the student’s research adviser and research committee.
    Summary of possible credit hours required to enter the program:
    – Core courses: 36 to 39 credit hours
    – Electives: 11 to 14 credit hours
    – Dissertation: a minimum of 10 credit hours
    Total hours to completion:
    – Approximately 60 credit hours after the bachelor’s degree
    Degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated for equivalency. Please note: Students may be admitted on a provisional basis if some requirements have not yet been met at the time of application.
  2. Graduate Record Examination Score. An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required. For GRE information, call 609-771-7670 or visit the GRE website.
  3. Grade-Point Average. To pursue the Ph.D. program, the applicant must meet the general KU requirements for admission as a graduate student.
    Minimum GPA requirements for admission to the Ph.D. program:
    a. An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required for regular admission status.
    b. Evidence of successful completion (equivalent grade of B or higher) of undergraduate or graduate course work in nutrition, biochemistry, genetics, or other biological science. Students without prior course work in nutrition are strongly encouraged to first obtain an M.S. degree in our program.

Within the guidelines established by Graduate Studies, no credit is actually transferred toward the doctorate; however, relevant prior graduate work is taken into consideration in setting up individual programs of study leading to the Ph.D.

A background check is required during the admission process; it may affect the student's eligibility to enter the program.

International students or those for whom English is a second language must meet minimum English proficiency requirements. International students may have additional requirements for visa, residency, and citizenship status. Students should contact the KUMC Office of International Programs for guidance regarding these issues during the application process.

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