Nutrition, Ph.D.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit a letter of intent that includes research and professional objectives and that identifies faculty with research interests most central to student research and career interests.

While the Ph.D. program primarily admits students with a master’s degree, the graduate committee will consider baccalaureate students with exceptional academic and undergraduate research experiences.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 61-67 credit hours

Required Core Courses (14 credits)
NTR 709ASeminar in Nutrition 14
NTR 709BSeminar in Nutrition 2
NTR 725Gene Expression and Protein Metabolism 2
NTR 726Energy, Carbohydrate, Lipid Metabolism2
NTR 727Antioxidants and Bioactive Food Components2
NTR 728Vitamins and Minerals2
Research Techniques (21 credits minimum)
NTR 773Nutrition Research Methodology3
Select a minimum of one statistics course (3-4 credits) 23-4
Select two or three additional courses (8 credits minimum) for developing technical competency to enhance research skills and competitiveness 28
Select at least 6 credits from one or more of the following:6
Directed Study in Nutrition
Current Trends in Nutrition
Problems in Food and Nutrition
Research Skill Development
Electives (8 credits minimum)
Select 6 credits from other NTR courses at the 500-700 level 26
Select 2 credits minimum from NTR or a supporting program at the 500-700 level 22
Research and Dissertation (18-24 credits)
NTR 790Doctoral Research6
NTR 799Dissertation Problem 312-18
Total Credit Hours61-67

Comprehensive Examination

The student will consult with his/her Advisory/Dissertation Committee about the specific format of the written and oral sections of this examination.

For Students Who Completed their M.S. at UNC Greensboro

Students who have completed their M.S. degree in the Department of Nutrition at UNC Greensboro will have already completed the majority of the Required Core Courses, Nutrition Research Methodology, and at least one statistics course. Therefore, their program of study will include primarily Research Techniques credits and Research and Dissertation credits. Credit received for courses taken as part of the M.S. degree cannot be counted towards the Ph.D. degree. The majority of credit hours must be at the 600-700 level. The minimum course work is shown below.

Required Core Courses (4 credits)
NTR 709ASeminar in Nutrition 12
NTR 709BSeminar in Nutrition 2
Research Techniques (14 credits)
Select a minimum of 14 credits from the following:14
Directed Study in Nutrition
Current Trends in Nutrition
Problems in Food and Nutrition
Research Skill Development
Statistics courses
Electives (8 credits)
Select 6 credits from other NTR courses at the 500-700 level 26
Select 2 credits minimum from NTR or a supporting program at the 500-700 level 22
Research and Dissertation (18-24 credits)
NTR 790Doctoral Research6
NTR 799Dissertation Problem 312-18
Total Credit Hours44-50