Ph.D. On Campus

Food Science

University of Tennessee Knoxville

36 months
31798 USD/year
13380 USD/year
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Each student must pass both written and oral comprehensive examinations prior to admission to candidacy. Major professors will advise candidates on competencies expected. A final oral examination is required that includes a defense of the dissertation and subject matter that the student’s committee considers appropriate. The Food Science program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.



      Completion of a master’s degree in the field, or a closely related field, or passing a special qualifying examination is required for admission. The Food Science program is offered by the University of Tennessee Knoxville.
      A dissertation is required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Each student must develop a detailed written plan for the dissertation research and submit it to his/her committee by the end of the second semester in the program

Programme Structure

  • A minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, excluding credit for the master’s thesis, is required. Of this, 24 credit hours must be FDSC 600 - Doctoral Research and Dissertation.
  • At least 24 credit hours of course work numbered above 500, exclusive of doctoral research and dissertation, are required. At least 6 of the 24 credit hours must be courses numbered above 600.
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of courses for graduate credit must be taken outside the Department of Food Science.
  • All students must complete FDSC 601 (2 credit hours) and are expected to attend FDSC 601 during their PhD program. One credit hour of PLSC 525 or ANSC 525 must be taken before admission to candidacy.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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General requirements

      • The completed online Graduate Application for Admission 
      • A non-refundable application fee 
      • One unofficial transcript from all colleges and universities attended submitted on-line at the time of application to the Graduate School
      • The submission of official transcripts and degree certificates
      • Departmental application
      • Reference letters or rating forms

Tuition Fee

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    31798 USD/year
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    13380 USD/year
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Living costs for Knoxville

885 - 1454 USD /month
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