Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees are offered in Nutritional Sciences. There are four major areas of expertise within the Department: Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition, Human Nutrition and Metabolism, Community Nutrition and Nanotechnology. Each emphasis area is interdisciplinary in approach and is supported by other departments at the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Health, as well as collaborative arrangements with other institutions. Opportunities for interdisciplinary research and study exist with other departments and university units. All programs require a thesis, dissertation or expanded paper, in addition to the completion of appropriate Graduate courses and examinations.
Master of Science
Plan A (thesis M.S. program)
Most M.S. candidates have enrolled in the Plan A program, which requires a minimum of a total of 30 credits, a written general examination, and a research thesis. The course work is designed to develop an advanced level of knowledge in nutrition and related sciences, and prepare the student for developing specific research competencies.
The thesis topic is selected by the student and the Major Advisor. Near the end of the course work phase, all M.S. students must successfully complete a comprehensive written General Nutrition Knowledge examination prepared by the Graduate Committee and the Advisory Committee.
Plan B (non-thesis M.S. program)
The non-thesis M.S. program (Plan B) is available for a small group of students who already have practical experience in the field of Nutritional Sciences.
This program requires that each student complete a minimum of 30 credits, pass the comprehensive written examination, and prepare a review paper that is to be presented orally to the Department.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. program consists of three parts:
25-30 credits of advanced course work, beyond the M.S. degree, selected with Advisory Committee approval.
The General Preliminary Examination involves two stages. Each student is required to take and pass a written examination at or near the end of the course work program, followed by an oral exam. After the successful completion of the predoctoral written and oral exams, a student is required to write a detailed proposal describing their research, the Dissertation Prospectus, which is defended orally to the Department. When a student has passed both the written and oral component of the General Examination and passed their Prospectus, they are admitted to the Ph.D. candidacy.
A Ph.D. candidate presents and defends his/her dissertation research before their Advisory Committee, Graduate Faculty and peers.