Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Nutrition

Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Nutrition

The HNES Department offers a Ph.D. program in Exercise Science and Nutrition. For more information and details regarding the program, please contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Kyle Hackney, at Kyle.Hackney@ndsu.edu .

Graduate Faculty eligible to mentor Ph.D. students: Dr. Bryan Christensen, Dr. Shannon David, Dr. Joe Deutsch, Dr. Marty Douglas, Dr. Kara Gange, Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, Dr. Nicole German, Dr. Kyle Hackney, Dr. Elizabeth Hilliard, Dr. Ryan Kota, Dr. Jenny Linker, Dr. Katie Lyman, Dr. Ryan McGrath, Dr. Yeong Rhee, Dr. Ashley Roseno, Dr. Sherri Stastny, Dr. Brad Strand, and Dr. Donna Terbizan.

Gerontology Ph.D. (Dual-Major):  Exercise Science and Nutrition offer a dual-major Ph.D. with Gerontology.

Admission Requirements

Admissions
Of the qualified Ph.D. applicants we receive, we expect to admit up to five students per year, based on the capacity of our current faculty.  In addition to the core faculty members in HNES who will advise students and participate in this program, there are faculty inside and outside of the department whose research interests mesh well with the program.

Admissionrequirement for the students with a Master's degree

  • Completion of a Master's degree from an accredited university in field closely related to Nutrition, Health, Dietetics, Kinesiology, or Exercise Science.
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • The GRE is required. Applicants who score in the upper 50th percentile in the verbal, quantitative, and writing portions will be given preference in admission to the program.
  • At least one graduate course in statistics and one course in research methods, with grades of B or higher in each.
  • A completed thesis or research paper.
  • For international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based). The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0.
  • Agreement to be advised by current HNES graduate faculty member.

Admission requirements for students without an earned Master's degree

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in field closely related to Nutrition, Health, Dietetics, Kinesiology, or Exercise Science.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The GRE is required. Applicants who score in the upper 50th percentile in the verbal, quantitative, and writing portions will be given preference in admission to the program.
  • At least one statistics course or research methods course with grades of B or higher.
  • For international students, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Intranet-based). The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0.
  • Agreement to be advised by current HNES graduate faculty member.

Ph.D. Program Application Information and Requirements

The application process is online through the Graduate School Homepage.  Applications that are received and complete by March 15th will be given priority for fall semester.  Applications that are received and complete after March 15th will be reviewed through May 1st for consideration for fall semester.  Review of applications beyond May 1st may be performed if a graduate assistant position is available through special circumstances (e.g., grant funding).

Program Requirements

Graduate Course Rotation

Graduate Bulletin

Application for Graduate Student Visitation

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