Entry into Ph.D. Program Without a M.S. Degree

Requirements to enter the Ph.D. program without first obtaining a M.S. Degree in Food Science.

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
  • FD SC 501: 2 credits
  • 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.

  • Food Science (FD SC) 600: 6 credits
  • 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.

    • Including Statistics (STAT) 500 or equivalent
  • Candidacy exam
  • Doctoral committee
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Thesis seminar
  • Thesis defense

Although most applicants to the Ph.D. program have already obtained a Master's degree in Food Science or a related program, the M.S. degree is not a prerequisite for entrance into the doctorate program.

Application procedures to the Ph.D. program in Food Science for students without a M.S. degree.

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This Ph.D. coursework requirements form, for students without a M.S. degree, must be submitted before thesis defense date can be scheduled.