Successful completion of the doctoral program requires 90 credits, 60 of which are in course work and 30 in research. Students select a minor field from relevant areas in the University. Original laboratory-based research is conducted by students in this program under the guidance of a faculty member.

All new PhD students (admitted in the Fall) must complete a PhD screening exam,  held annually, on the second Tuesday after Spring Break.

Effective September 9, 2011, following approval by the Graduate Faculty of the Department, a new Graduate Student Code of Ethics has been implemented. ALL Departmental Graduate Students must adhere to this. The form can be accessed here NFS Graduate Student Code of Ethics and is also available in the Departmental Office. A signed copy of the form must be turned into the Departmental Office at your earliest. Forms can be turned in at the Student Orientation meeting in September.

Click here for detailed descriptions of the Ph.D. admission requirements and program (revised Oct 2011)

For a list of Graduate Courses visit the Wayne State Graduate Bulletin website.


Admission to the doctoral program requires:

  • a completed M.S. degree 
  • GRE scores (required ALONG with the formal application)
  • for applicants whose primary anguage is not English - completion of English proficiency requirement - scores from TOEFL (79 internet-based and 550 paper-based) or MELAB (85) or IELTS (6.5)
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a personal statement describing academic interest and goals
  • an interview will be arranged (live in person or web-based)

While early application is encouraged, applications must be received by the last day of January for admission in the following Fall semester (Aug/September). This is in order to meet various deadlines for funding (e.g. Graduate Professional Scholarships - for which applications are due in mid-March). All candidates must meet the admission requirements of both the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and Wayne State University's Graduate School.

To apply for the PhD program go to the Wayne State Graduate Admissions page.

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