PhD in Nutrition
Earn your PhD in Nutrition at Texas Woman's and prepare for a career in academia or research.
- Degree completion in 90 credit hours*
- High quality, affordable education and career preparation
- Study and research nutrition and human metabolism, clinical nutrition, and applied nutrition or nutrition in the life cycle
- Dissertation is required
- 5:1 doctoral student-faculty ratio at TWU
- Accessible, knowledgeable and supportive faculty
- Scholarship recipients receive in-state tuition
- Courses take place on TWU's Denton campus and Houston campus
*Individual requirements may vary.
Why Nutrition at TWU?
Participate in research with TWU faculty in any of the on-campus laboratories. Currently, funded research includes:
- Evaluating the flavor associated compounds in strawberries in an attempt to identify attributes associated with U.S. taste preferences
- Studying watermelon to identify the specific agents contributing to flavor
- Examining mushroom for their flavor notes and role they may play in satiety and their potential role in weight control
In this program, you will complete a total of 90 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree, including:
- 11 credit hours of required courses
- 12 credit hours of research tools
- 10 credit hours of additional courses for the Doctor of Philosophy in Nutrition
- Six credit hours for dissertation
- An oral final exam that includes defense of the dissertation and research it is based on
An additional nine courses are required for the emphasis in Food Science and Flavor Chemistry option and included courses in:
- Chemistry, and/or
A full list of courses and requirements are available in the course catalog.
Admission to the TWU Graduate School
When you apply to the TWU Graduate School, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores if required. All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admissions to the TWU Graduate School. In addition, most graduate programs have additional admission requirements that must be completed. These requirements can be found on each graduate program website. After acceptance, you will need to begin your program within one year, unless a deferral has been approved by the program.
Check out the links below for specific admissions information:
*Admission to the Ph.D. in Nutrition
Fall — June 15
Spring — October 1
Summer — April 1
* Our department has rolling admission for all of our graduate programs; however, to ensure a proper start time, we recommend having your application completed by the dates listed above.
- Undergraduate semester credit hour prerequisites, including:
- Chemistry, including Organic and Biochemistry (9-12 hours)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (3-4 hours)
- Introduction to Nutrition (3 hours)
- Upper-level Nutrition: Macronutrients and Micronutrients and Nutrition through the Lifecycle (6-9 hours)
- MS degree (or equivalent to US MS degree) and exhibit research experience that is equivalent to a thesis.
- Minimum 3.5 GPA (4.0 scale) for the last 60 semester credit hours and all post-baccalaureate and graduate coursework.
- Preferred minimum GRE score of 150 (450 original) and quantitative score of 146 (550 original); MCAT total score of 500-507 (125-126 critical analysis/reading; biological and biochemical foundations of living systems: 125-126); GMAT 430 total or verbal score of 27 and quantitative score of 23; or MCAT total score of 500-507 (125-126 critical analysis/reading; biological and biochemical foundations of living systems: 125-126). This requirement is temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Applicants who meet all other requirements but lack up to 9 semester credit hours of prerequisite undergraduate courses may be admitted provisionally to this program. They will complete all 9 semester credit hours during the first two semesters of graduate work.
How to Apply
- Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
- Take the GRE General Test and submit your GRE scores to TWU (or alternate test identified above.) This requirement is temporarily suspended in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Collect and submit the following documents as separate PDF files in ONE email to NFSGradAdvising@twu.edu with the subject line (YOUR FULL NAME)-Doctoral Program. Please attach allitems as PDFs.
- Statement of purpose (one to two pages) that includes reasons for undertaking graduate work, explanation of study and research interests (including desired advisor), research/work experience, and professional goals.
- CV or resume providing evidence of prior education, work experience and research experience (PDF). Research experience should include any prior presentations or publications to which the applicant made significant contributions as well as any expertise in research techniques.
- Two letters of reference. At least one must be academic in nature.
For More Information
Monique LeMieux, PhD
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