Requirements of the PhD



Program Requirements

Candidates will be judged principally on their research ability. Coursework will be arranged in consultation with the student's departmental graduate advisory committee.


A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses (9 credits)

Note: Candidates should be prepared to take the Comprehensive Preliminary Examination before the end of the second year of the program.

•FDSC 700 Comprehensive Preliminary Examination
•FDSC 725 Advanced Topics in Food Science (3 credits)
•FDSC 797 Ph.D. Graduate Seminar 1 (3 credits)
•FDSC 798 Ph.D. Graduate Seminar 2 (3 credits)