Graduate Programs Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry with a concentration in Nutritional Sciences



The doctoral program in Chemistry with a concentration in Nutritional Sciences is an 80-semester hour program. This program does not meet requirements for becoming a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Students earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a concentration in Nutritional Sciences will gain an in-depth understanding of the biochemical and chemical processes governing metabolism of nutrients and dietary constituents in the body, and how these pathways function in healthy and disease states.  The program will focus on providing students with a fundamental understanding of nutritional biochemistry and technical expertise that can be directly applied in the laboratory or industry settings.  Students will hone skills of oral and written communication of scientific information, which will help to prepare them for academic and research positions in universities, private research institutions, government agencies, private industries, and the public policy sector.


Degree Requirements Apply to the program 
Program Prerequisites

Applicants must be graduates of accredited institutions with baccalaureate degrees, have acceptable grade point averages and scores on admission tests, and show potential for academic development and professional leadership.  Provisional admission may be granted with the contingency that all prerequisite courses will be successfully completed after admission.

Research for the Health Professions
(GSU CNHP 6000 or equivalent)

(GSU NUTR 6500 or equivalent)

(GSU NUTR 6700 or equivalent)

Application Requirements

The online application must be used to apply to the doctoral program in the College of Arts and Sciences.  The application fee is $50.00.  The online application for graduate study at Georgia State University includes:

  • Admission and Applicant Information
  • Test Score and GPA Information
    • Grade Point Average (>3.0 required)
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (official scores must be submitted to GSU code: 5251): Quantitative and verbal percentile rankings >50% preferred; analytical writing score >4.0 preferred
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of Recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Citizenship Verification
  • International Applicants
    • Visa Information
    • English Proficiency (TOEFL score >80 required)

Graduation Requirements

  • 80 semester hours of graduate credit, including at least 30 semester hours of dissertation research
  • Six semesters of residence, three of which must be consecutive and full-time
  • Proficiency in an approved research skill or a foreign language; an international student whose native language is not English may be exempted from the foreign language requirement by passing an examination; students entering the program with an approved M.S. degree will have satisfied this requirement
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive examination consisting of written and oral portions that represent the student’s major area of interest
  • Successful completion of an oral defense of the dissertation and submission of an approved (signed) dissertation
  • Cumulative GPA ≥ 3.0