Dissertation Proposal and Oral Defense

Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examinations, students prepare a dissertation proposal that must be approved by the student's dissertation committee before being submitted to the Graduate School.

The program can be completed in three years for students who have completed a master's degree in nutrition or closely related field. The actual length of time depends on background and the student's ability to complete the Dissertation Proposal and subsequent dissertation research.


  1. Students may transfer up to six credits for courses taken at other institutions. Up to one half of the course credits required for the major and the minor may be waived if the student has completed equivalent course work elsewhere. This must be by a request from the student's academic advisor that is approved by the Graduate Curriculum Committee. Students are responsible in the comprehensive examination for the material in the waived courses.
  2. Students must meet the Graduate School residency requirement.