Nutrition and Food Science

Doctor of Philosophy, Human Sciences

Major: Nutrition and Food Science

Today’s interest in healthy lifestyles is translating into a remarkable range of career opportunities related to diet, fitness, and health.

The doctoral program in Human Sciences (Nutrition and Food Science major) prepares students to pursue careers in a wide variety of health-related careers as well as academia. It is a research intensive and competency-based program. Current research includes body composition, functional food, chronic disease and aging response, food allergy, and safety/quality detection methods.

Students choose to specialize in either food science or nutrition science.


For graduate assistantship eligibility:
Fall April 1 February 1
Spring October 1 July 1

This program admits in the fall and spring semesters. All application materials must be received by the deadline posted and only complete applications will be reviewed.  Applications are not deferred; if you decide to apply for a different term or major, you will need to start a new application.

Admission to the graduate program is term specific. Therefore, if you are unable to attend the term in which you were admitted, you will need to reapply for a future term.

  1. An upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The same scale applies for graduate-level work. A professional degree is not counted for university GPA requirements.
  2. A master’s degree or post-baccalaureate professional degree from an accredited university.
  3. A competitive GRE General Test score; recommended score of above the 50th percentile (approximately 150) in both verbal and quantitative sections with a 4.0 or higher on the writing section. Please note that it can take up to ten (10) days after sitting for the GRE for an official score report to be sent to the university
  4. International students: Applicants must submit an official English Proficiency Score Report.  A TOEFL iBT® score of at least 80 (iBT) or 550 (paper-delivered) or an IELTSTM Academic score of at least 6.5 is required. The department recommends 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based) TOEFL for a competitive application to the doctoral program.  Our department does not accept other English proficiency examinations.
  5. A visit to the department is strongly encouraged. Please contact the College’s graduate office to schedule your visit. Before you submit your online application and pay the application fee, you should directly contact graduate faculty members in your area of interest to see if they have room in their labs and are available to mentor you.

Attainment of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission decisions are based on assessments of all aspects of the student’s application materials. The department reserves the right to increase standards if warranted by enrollment limitations and by the number and quality of applicants. Financial aid is a separate process from the admission to a graduate program.

A related degree is required and the completion of core coursework for the associated master’s degree program offered at FSU (or the equivalent) is highly recommended.

All items below must be on file, and the fee paid, before an application is considered complete and ready for review.  We encourage you to submit and complete your application early. The graduate admissions committee reviews completed applications throughout the open application period, which allows you to quickly receive an admissions decision.

  1. Apply Online, submit the admissions application and pay the application fee.
  2. Once you have submitted your application:
    • Complete the Faculty Preference list, in order of preference, three faulty members with whom you would like to work with throughout your graduate program.
    • Upload a Statement of Purpose outlining your research interests and career goals.  You must state whether you wish to pursue the food science or the nutrition science specialization. We want to know how your background and prior training make you the right candidate and why Florida State University is a good fit for you.  Please indicate up to three FSU faculty members with whom you would like to work and why. We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the NIP faculty.
    • Upload a resume or vita (information should be current).
    • Submit contact information for three recommenders. The recommenders should be professionals you have worked with who are familiar with your academic performance and can speak directly about your qualification for this degree. Academic recommendations are preferred, but relevant professional recommendations will be accepted. No personal recommendations or letters from peers will be accepted.
  3. Submit official GRE scores to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
  4. International Students: Submit an official English Proficiency Score Report:
    • TOEFL test scores electronically from to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. The university’s reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
    • IELTS Academic test scores in physical (paper) form directly from to:

    Florida State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    222 S Copeland St / Westcott Bldg
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

  5. Submit official transcripts (with translations if necessary) to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions. We require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended (even if those courses are posted to another institution’s transcript). Transcripts the applicant uploads to the application are considered unofficial. Please have official transcript sent directly from your institution to the FSU Office of Graduate Admissions.
    Send Electronic transcripts to:
    Send Paper transcripts to:
    Florida State University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    222 S. Copeland St. / 314 Westcott Bldg
    Tallahassee FL 32306-1410

Please allow a minimum of ten (10) business days for the Office of Graduate Admissions to process your incoming materials.

For questions about the application process:

CHS Office of Graduate Studies