2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    May 29, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nutrition and Exercise Sciences (Ph.D.)

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

Program Coordinator/Contact

Kendra Kattelmann, Distinguished Professor and Director
School of Health and Consumer Sciences
Wagner Hall 425, Box 2275A

Program Information

The Ph.D. in Nutrition and Exercise Sciences will prepare graduates for careers as researchers in healthcare settings, government, industry, corporations, and universities. The research and teaching emphasize public health nutrition, molecular and biochemical nutrition, epidemiology, obesity prevention and behavior nutrition, cardiovascular physiology, biomechanics, sport and exercise physiology.

Course Delivery Format

The program consists of lecture, laboratory, experiential learning opportunities and research. Some courses are delivered online.

Course Load Information

Students enrolled in six or more state-supported credits within a given semester will be charged the current special discipline fee.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

The School of Health and Consumer Sciences aims to provide premier academic programs and high-quality services to students. A limited number of research and teaching assistantships and scholarships may be available to qualified graduate students.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy 60 Credit Plan

Core Requirements

Advanced Research Methods

Credits: 3

Advanced Statistics

Credits: 3

Additional Admissions Requirements

GRE:  Required
TOEFL: 79-80 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 8.5
IELTS: 6.5
Duolingo: 110

Letter of application stating to include the following:  primary area of interest (nutrition, exercise science, etc); desired research focus; long-term goals outlining career goals; interest in assistantship (teaching or research); reason(s) for attending graduate school; current professional certifications and credentials; an interview (in person or via phone) is highly encouraged but not required.

Two recommendations letters from professionals knowledgeable in applicants graduate school potential.

Entering students for the Ph.D. degree will usually have a Master’s degree in dietetics, exercise science, nutrition, biology, chemistry, epidemiology, or other related field from an approved accredited institution.  In those cases where applicants do not have a Master’s degree, school requirements will apply, either requiring completion of a Master’s degree or permitting an individual to move directly into a doctoral program. 

Prerequisites for Ph.D. degree include Master’s degree in a health-related field (nutrition, dietetics, exercise physiology, public health, etc), NUTR 422/522 or equivalent, STAT 541 or equivalent, or biochemistry.

General Requirements

Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements .