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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health (Ph.D.)


Students entering the Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health  graduate program are expected to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Competitive applicants will have a science background appropriate for our degree programs.

Recommendations concerning an applicant’s qualifications and admission are made to the Dean of the Graduate School by the department. The final decision regarding admission of an applicant is made by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Admission to graduate study at Kansas State University is granted on three bases: full standing, provisional, or probational.

Admission in full standing requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work in an institution whose requirements for the bachelor’s degree are equivalent to those of Kansas State University. Applicants with grade point averages below 3.0 may be considered for probational admission provided there is evidence that the applicant has the ability to do satisfactory graduate work. Provisional admission may be granted to applicants who have subject deficiencies in undergraduate preparation as mentioned above or if there is uncertainty in evaluating the transcript.

Other admission requirements include: copies of transcripts; three professional recommendations; and applicant form detailing interest, skills, and experiences.

Applications are holistically reviewed to determine recommendations for admission.

A faculty member must agree to be an applicant’s advisor before a recommendation can be made to the Graduate School that the applicant be admitted. All applications will be considered for institutional or departmental awards and graduate assistantships.

Prospective students please visit https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/fndh/graduate/requirements.html. For international students, please check the Graduate School requirements for English proficiency at http://www.k-state.edu/grad/students/international.html.

A limited number of 0.5 time teaching (GTA) and research (GRA) assistantships are available. In addition, Nina Browning Fellowships, scholarships and others are awarded to outstanding students in various amounts each year.

GTAs are appointed for nine months and GRAs for 9 or 12 months. Graduate assistants may enroll in 12 credit hours per semester and 6 credit hours per summer session. Applications for admission will be considered for both fall and spring semesters and summer session.

Doctoral degree requirements (90 hours)

The Ph.D. requires 90 credits post-baccalaureate, including a minimum of 30 credits for the Ph.D. dissertation. No foreign language is required.

Programs of study are developed according to the interests, backgrounds, and career goals of the students. In addition to graduate human nutrition courses, students often include courses from other departments such as animal sciences and industry; grain science and industry; biochemistry; chemistry; anatomy and physiology; kinesiology; psychology; and biology; from the Colleges of Business Administration and Education; and from interdisciplinary international courses.

Core Requirements (30 hours)

Department Requirement (11 hours)

Area of Specialization

Students can work with distinguished graduate faculty and choose to emphasize their study in a particular area, including:

Public Health Physical Activity

  Specialization core (9 hours):

Public Health Nutrition

  Specialization core (9 hours):

Nutritional Sciences

  Specialization core (11 hours):

Sensory Analysis and Consumer Behavior

 Specialization core (10 hours):

Additional Courses

To fulfill the 30-hour core requirement, the student can select additional graduate level courses in FNDH or other graduate level courses as suggested by the supervisory committee to ensure the minimum course credits are met.

Ph.D. Dissertation (30 hours)