The PhD Comprehensive Examination

Upon completion of the 39 credits of course work, the student must pass a comprehensive examination (see below) as specified in the Graduate School regulations. Only students who have passed the comprehensive examination are considered as candidates for the Ph.D. degree. The comprehensive examination will consist of two parts:

  • Written examination: Each Ph.D. student is required to write the examinations in two areas, Nutrition (major area) and the minor area declared by the student.
  • Oral examination: The oral examination will be held shortly after passing the written portion. It is a continuation of the written examination with added emphasis on the student's area of research interests.

A student may be allowed a second chance to pass any portion of the comprehensive exam. Two failures of any portion are grounds for dismissal from the program.