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Doctor of Philosophy Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program in the School of Nutrition and Food Science requires approval by the School of Nutrition and Food Science Graduate Faculty members. To earn a Ph.D. in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, students are required to complete a least 54 hours past the B.S. or B.A. degree. Students who wish to switch from an M.S. program to a Ph.D. program without completing the M.S. requirements must get approval from their Major Professor and advisory committee and have been in the School for 2 semesters, completed 6 graduate courses with a GPA of 3.50. Individual Major Professors may have additional requirements.

A PhD student must have a total of three hours of NFS 7071 prior to graduation; a maximum of two hours of seminar taken as part of the Master’s Degree can be applied to the total. The total hours may include no more than 9 hours of NFS 7030 (Advanced Food and Nutrition Research). The 9 hour of NFS 7030 is the total a student can take while a graduate student in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences; thus, if a student takes 9 hours at the M.S. level, they may not take this course at the doctoral level.

Graduate students who apply to the doctoral program after completion of the M.S. at LSU must be approved by the School of Nutrition and Food Science Graduate Faculty after evaluation of credentials in the same process as outside applications for admission into the Food Science concentration graduate program are evaluated.

All Ph. D. graduate students are required to take the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences core courses:

NFS Required Core Courses

Credit Hours Course
3
NFS 7022 (Current Controversies in Food and Nutrition)*
3
NFS 7071 (Seminar in Nutrition and Food Sciences)*
4
EXST 7013, 7014, or 70151
9
NFS 9000 (Dissertation Research)
19
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS - CORE COURSES
35
Concentration Courses or Electives
54
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR GRADUATION
1EXST 7013 Statistical Inference II (4); EXST 7014 Experimental Statistics II (4); EXST 7015 Statistical Techniques II (4)

*NOTE: Students that have complete an MS degree in the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences do not have to retake these classes but will have to take an additional 6 elective course hours

Concentrations


Doctor of Philosophy Proceedures

  1. Graduate Students will be evaluated each year by their Major Professor, the “Annual Graduate Evaluation Form” will be sent out first week in January due February 1st.
  2. Graduate students on assistantships must maintain monthly time records that must be signed by the supervisor and graduate assistant, certifying the hours worked. These are the hours worked for your assistantship not on your research projects. The time sheets are turned in to Administrative Program Specialist in charge of Student Services (Petrie Baker) 297E Knapp Hall the first day of every month.
  3. The Graduate Advisory Committee must be selected by the student and Major Professor during the student’s first semester. A copy of “Academic Course Plan” must be signed by the Major Professor and School of Nutrition and Food Science Graduate Advisor (Dr. Marlene Janes) and turned in to Administrative Program Specialist in charge of Student Services (Petrie Baker) 297E Knapp Hall.
  4. Research
    An oral and written research proposal must be approved by the graduate Advisory Committee by the second year. The Major Professor will advise the graduate student on the proper format for the proposal.

    The proposal normally includes:
    • Justification
    • Objectives, hypotheses, and/or research questions
    • Review of literature
    • Methodology
    • Current Results

  5. A signed copy of the proposal approval sheet and course schedule must be turned in to the Administrative Program Specialist in charge of Student Services (Petrie Baker) 297E Knapp Hall.
  6. The proposed research must be given as an oral presentation at Graduate Seminar (1 h)
  7. Publication suggestions are one manuscript accepted, one manuscript submitted, and two national presentations before graduation. For copyright and ethical matters see the LSU graduate schools “Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines.”
  8. Nutrition and Food Science Seminars – graduate students are encouraged to attend all departmental graduate, faculty, and invited speaker seminars.
  9. Assist with teaching (TA 1) in an area of expertise and interest is encouraged for at least one semester at the discretion of the Major Professor after consultation with the Graduate Advisory Committee.
  10. A Minor in a related field is encouraged.
  11. The Final Examination is a closed door defense before the Doctoral Advisory Committee. A public oral seminar on the dissertation research must be presented before the dissertation defense.
  12. Expected time to complete degree three years; maximum time allowed by the Graduate School is seven years.

Time Limit and Residence Requirement

The program for the doctoral degree must be completed within seven years from the time a student is classified as a doctoral student. This time limit may not be exceeded except by special permission of the Dean of the Graduate School. Also, at least three calendar months must elapse between the passing of the General Examination and the completion of all requirements for the doctoral degree.

Doctoral Degree Audit & Request for General Exam:

Students are encouraged to select elective courses that are at the 7000 level that will complement their research projects as well as satisfy Graduate School and the School of Nutrition and Food Science requirements. All courses must be approved in the Program of Study by the student's Graduate Advisory Committee. In addition to these courses, students may also be required to take English courses as determined by the Graduate School and the English Department, usually in the first semester of graduate enrollment these courses will not count toward course requirement.

The "Doctoral Degree Audit and Request for General Examination" form must be submitted from the Graduate Advisory Committee to the Graduate School for approval within the first three years. The Graduate School is very specific in how the "Doctoral Degree Audit and Request for General Examination" form is completed. Two originals of the form are forwarded to the Graduate school, one copy to each committee member and one copy to the Administrative Program Specialist in charge of Student Services, 297E Knapp Hall.

General Examination

The General Examination is ordinarily the most rigorous test in the entire doctoral program. The examination must be comprehensive enough to demonstrate expert competence over broad segments of the major field and, if a minor is chosen, a high degree of familiarity with the content and current progress in that field. It will encompass all subject areas that compose the student's Program of Study as well as their proposed research project. The General Examination is the occasion when committee members have both the opportunity and the obligation to require the student to display a firm and substantial grasp of nutrition and food sciences in a broad sense, and a sophisticated depth of understanding in those more limited areas of the specialization being pursued in nutrition and food science. As a test of successful performance, the committee should question whether the student has demonstrated a qualified knowledge of the field(s) to such a degree that the student will be recognized as a professional and an academic colleague.

A Ph.D. student becomes eligible to take the General Examination after demonstrating to the Graduate Advisory Committee adequate academic and professional aptitudes. This typically occurs when the course work proposed in the Program of Study has been completed. Students on probation will not be allowed to take the General Examination.

The student has the responsibility of scheduling the location, date and time when all committee members can attend. The examination may not be scheduled between semesters when the University is open. The "Request for General Examination" form must be submitted by the Major Professor and Department Head at least three weeks prior to the proposed examination date. Two originals of this form are forwarded to the Graduate school, one copy to each Examination Committee member and one copy to the Administrative Program Specialist in charge of Student Services, 297E Knapp Hall. The suggested General Examination Committee will be approved at the time the "Request for General Examination" is submitted to the Graduate School. The finished dissertation proposal and literature review should be distributed to the Examination Committee at this time (two weeks prior to the examination date).

It is the responsibility of the student's Major Professor and Graduate Advisory Committee to determine how best to conduct the General Examination for that particular student. The School of Nutrition and Food Science requires an oral examination. The General Examination must include evaluation of the student's proposed dissertation research project and the student's in-depth understanding of the research area as well as major/minor field(s).


Ph.D. Dissertations

The dissertation must be a contribution to knowledge in the major field of study. It must demonstrate that the student has a mastery of research techniques, ability to do original and independent research, and skill in formulating conclusions that in some way enlarge upon or modify accepted ideas.

The dissertation style/format should be discussed and accepted by the student and the Advisory Committee and must meet Graduate School requirements. "Guidelines for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations" from the Graduate School will help to prevent a delay in Graduate School acceptance. It is advisable to have the Graduate School check the dissertation for format early in the writing process. Graduating students are expected to attend Graduate School seminars and meetings on dissertation format, submission, and approval. Inclusion of words, ideas or data of other researchers must be properly acknowledged and referenced. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and follow proper citation methods.


Application for Degree and Final Examination

Each semester or summer term there is a deadline for submitting the "Application for Degree" to the Graduate School. When Ph.D. students intend to graduate during a given semester, they should complete and submit their "Application for Degree" form, listing all course work that applies toward the degree. A copy of the “Application for Degree” must be turned into Administrative Program Specialist in charge of Student Services (Petrie Baker) 297E Knapp Hall.

The student has the responsibility for scheduling the location, date and time when all committee members can attend. The Examination may be scheduled anytime the university is open for business. The "Request for Final Examination" form must be submitted by the Major Professor and Department Head at least three weeks prior to the proposed exam date and by the current semester deadline if the student is a candidate for a degree (see the current "Academic Calendar" for pertinent dates/deadlines). Two originals of this form are forwarded to the Graduate School, one copy to each Exam Committee member and one copy to the Administrative Program Specialist in charge of Student Services, 297E Knapp Hall. A departmental seminar on the dissertation research should be given before the Final Examination. The Administrative Program Specialist must receive an announcement of the Dissertation Seminar for posting and distribution. The completed dissertation should be distributed to the Examination Committee two weeks prior to the exam date.

Outcome of the Final Examination as well as acceptance of the dissertation rests with Graduate Advisory Committee. The dissertation may be accepted at this time but if revisions are recommended, the approval of the dissertation will be delayed until those revisions are made. The Major Professor is responsible for providing a copy of the "Exam Results Forms" to the Administrative Program Specialist.


NFS Graduate Student Handbook


Other Degree Requirements and Regulations

Graduate students are responsible for knowing the policies, rules, and regulations of the University and the School of Nutrition and Food Sciences found on the LSU website, the General Catalog, and the Graduate Bulletin that are not discussed in the departmental handbook. Each graduate student is responsible for following the LSU Code of Student Conduct, policies on Academic Integrity, safety rules, Policy Statements (PS) of LSU, and Presidential Memoranda (PM) of the LSU System.

Behavior and Health Graduate Certificate (CBH)

Louisiana State University offers a Graduate Certificate in Behavior and Health as a milestone or enhancement for a degree seeking student or as a stand-alone credential for non-degree seeking students. The 18-hour curriculum includes two courses (6 credits) from each of: Kinesiology, Nutrition and Food Sciences, and Psychology and Counselor Education. The purpose is to increase collaboration and provide a focused effort to understand problems related to behavior and health and to discover ways to mitigate their impact. The Behavior and Health Certificate is a credential for current students that documents their preparation and will provide an educational opportunity for individuals in the community to update their knowledge and improve their professional practice in their workplace.

Louisiana State University graduate student are eligible to complete the Graduate Certificate program. Students will work with their faculty advisor to schedule the courses necessary to meet the program requirements. Some courses may count toward both the degree and the certificate. The Graduate School will award the certificate and if students prefer they can be recognized as graduates of the program during a college ceremony. The acceptable courses for the Certificate in Behavior and Health are listed in the following table.

“The graduate certificate in Behavior and Health does not prepare students for licensure examinations or other certificates to provide counseling in any of the related fields and does not lead to professional credentials in nutrition, physical activity, rehabilitation programs, or counseling.”

More information is available on the LSU School of Kinesiology's website: Behavior and Health Graduate Certificate (CBH) program details.


Contact Us

  • Marlene Janes
    Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies
    Agricultural Chemistry Building
    phone: (225) 342‐5812
    email: mjanes@agcenter.lsu.edu
revised: 10-Mar-2017 10:19