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Entry into Ph.D. Program With a M.S. Degree

Minimum requirements for a Ph.D. degree in Food Science when entering with a M.S. degree or equivalent.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

  • Maximum Non-degree credits allowed (needs approval): 15
    (Transfer credits are not allowed for the Ph.D. degree)
  • Candidacy Exam
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Thesis
  • Residency: 2 Semesters

    Two semesters within a 12-month period; summer session is not considered a semester.

  • Minimum GPA needed to graduate: 3.0
  • Time Limit (from date of passing candidacy exam): 8 years

Minimum Departmental Requirements

  • FD SC 500A, FD SC 500B, FD SC 500C, FD SC 500D: 4 credits

    Not needed if student received credit for course during masters degree program at Penn State.

  • FD SC 501: 2 credits

    Not needed if student received credit for course during masters degree program at Penn State.

  • FD SC 602: 2 credits

    Beginning with 2nd year, Ph.D. students are required to assist with one course each academic year as a Teaching Assistant (TA).

  • Other 500-level Food Science courses: 6 credits

    3 credits of this requirement can be satisfied by 400 level Food Science courses with permission of the adviser.

  • Additional 400-500 level courses: 12 credits

    Students receiving a Ph.D. in Food Science must have satisfactorily completed one 400-500 level course in each of these areas, during their undergraduate or graduate program.

  • Statistics (STAT) 500 or equivalent: Yes

    Students receiving a Ph.D. in Food Science must have satisfactorily completed at least one 400-500 level course in each of these areas, during their undergraduate or graduate program.

  • Candidacy exam
  • Doctoral committee
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Thesis seminar
  • Thesis defense
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This Ph.D. coursework requirements form, for students with a M.S. degree, must be submitted before thesis defense date can be scheduled.