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PhD in Nutrition Sciences

Nutrition Sciences PhDThe PhD in Nutrition Science at UAB provides training and research experiences in basic and translational nutrition science. You will have the opportunity work alongside experts in the field and in two NIH-funded research centers.

As a student in the PhD program you will learn the science of nutrition as it relates to maintaining the health of individuals and populations, as well as the biochemical basis and application of nutrition to promote health and prevent disease. Possible areas of study include experimental design, nutritional biochemistry, energy requirements, body composition, geriatric nutrition, community nutrition or disease prevention. Learn more about the PhD in Nutrition Sciences program.


Prerequisites for Admission and Program Curriculum

A complete list of prerequisites and courses are available in the UAB Graduate Catalog.


Admissions Requirements

Apply through the UAB Graduate School application or visit the UAB Graduate School website for more information about the application process.

  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5
  • GRE score (verbal + quantitative of 310 (GRE completed within the past five years)
  • Degree in a recognized field of biological, physical, chemical, agricultural, or engineering science from an accredited university is preferred

International Requirements:
International students must submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.

The Graduate School now monitors English proficiency to make sure applicants meet our minimum scores which are listed below:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL: 80
  • PTEA: 53

Other requirements include a financial affidavit of support and immigration documentation (if currently residing in the United States).


Application Process

Apply through the UAB Graduate School application or visit the UAB Graduate School website for more information about the application process. The PhD program in Nutrition Sciences accepts admission for the fall semester only.

The application deadline is February 1. The PhD Admissions Committee begins their review of complete applications on February 1 for the upcoming fall semester. Please note that if February 1 falls on a weekend, the deadline for complete applications is the next business day. It is recommended that students submit their application prior to February 1 to allow time for processing.


Career Paths and Job Opportunities

Employment of dietitians and nutritionists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. More dietitians and nutritionists will be needed to provide care for patients with various medical conditions and to advise people who want to improve their overall health. (United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Related Programs

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MS in Nutrition Sciences, Research Track

MS in Nurtition Sciences, Lifestyle Management & Disease Prevention Track

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