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Ph.D. in Dietetics & Nutrition

The Department of Dietetics & Nutrition’s doctoral program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in research, academia, government agencies, private industry and community-based organizations. Stempel College graduates have been successful in securing dynamic positions, including those who chose to be self-employed. This degree is the perfect credential for increasing your stature and earning potential as a consultant.

All of our doctoral students complete a 15-credit Research and Methods Core. In addition, each student develops, in consultation with his/her Dissertation Committee, an individualized plan of study for advanced coursework in dietetics and nutrition science. The plan of study may also include graduate courses from other Stempel College departments or from elsewhere within FIU, as appropriate to achieve individual educational and research objectives. This degree requires a minimum of 55 credits after an MS or 75 credits after a BS degree.

Our doctoral program allows students to study and work side-by-side with esteemed educators, researchers and practitioners who serve as mentors. The department also boasts state-of-the-art laboratories for research and teaching. Additionally, our faculty conduct research off-campus in community-based settings, including acute/long-term care facilities, congregate meal sites and home care settings.

Admissions criteria

Applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, or in the case of foreign students, an accredited institution recognized in its own country as preparing students for further study at the graduate level.
  2. Students with a background in Nutrition, Dietetics, Biology, Chemistry, Biological and Biomedical Sciences are encouraged to apply.
  3. Must have a minimum of a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. The GPA is calculated on the student’s last 60 credits of undergraduate upper division hours.

To be considered for admission, all applicants must submit the following required application materials:

  • Admissions application, which can be accessed at
  • Official transcripts from accredited institutions.
  • Official Proof of Degree.
  • Updated resume/CV.
  • Three letters of recommendation—preferably from past faculty members.
  • Letter of intent or written statement of purpose, explaining goals, expectations and previous experience in the field of study.

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE will be waived for those applying for admission for Fall 2021.

International Applicants

Must submit documents mentioned above, in addition to items listed below: 

  • Official translations in English for non-English transcripts/documents.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A total score of 80 on the iBT TOEFL or a 6.5 overall on the IELTS is required.
  • Must complete the Declaration of Finances form located at
  • Must submit official bank letters.
  • Must submit Financial Sponsor Letter.
  • International students (currently in the U.S.) must submit their F1-Transfer forms located at

All documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

Florida International University
Graduate Admissions Office
PO Box 659004
Miami, FL 33265-9004

For overnight/courier services mail to:

FIU Graduate Admissions
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St., BT 201
Miami, FL 33199
305-348-7441 fax

Required courses

CHM 1045 & Lab – General Chemistry 1 & lab

CHM 1046 & Lab – General Chemistry 2 & lab

CHM 2210 & Lab – Organic Chemistry 1 & lab AND CHM 2211 & Lab – Organic Chemistry 2 & lab OR CHM 2200 & Lab – Survey of Organic Chemistry

MCB 2000 & Lab – Introduction to Microbiology

PCB 3702 – Intermediate Physiology OR

HSC 3549 – Clinical Physiology for Health Professional OR

BSC 2085 & Lab and BSC 2086 & Lab – Anatomy and Physiology I & II

HUN 2201 – Principles of Nutrition

HUN 4403 – Life Cycle Nutrition

HUN 4240 – Nutrition & Biochemistry OR BCH 3033 – General Biochemistry, OR CHM 4304 – Biological Chemistry 1

HUN 4241 – Advanced Nutrition

OR all four Nutrition Core:

  • HUN 6307 – Carbohydrates and Lipids
  • HUN 6327 – Proteins HUN 6335 – Functions of Vitamins
  • HUN 6355 – Minerals in Human Nutrition

DIE 3244 & Lab – Medical Nutrition Therapy

FSS 3233C – Institutional Food Service Production

FOS 4041 & Lab – Food Science

DIE 4246 & Lab – Clinical Nutrition & lab

DIE 4435 & Lab – Nutrition Counseling and Communication & lab

OR DIE 6368 & Lab – Advanced Techniques in Dietetics Practice

HUN 5611 – Nutrition Education in the Community (exempt if completed DIE 3434/L Nutrition Education & lab)

HUN 6522 – Public Health Nutrition OR DIE 3310 – Dietetics in Community Health

DIE 6128 – Dietetic Administration and Management OR DIE 3125 & Lab – Management of Dietary Systems & lab AND DIE 4365/L – Dietetic Management of Nutrition Programs + lab

DIE 6568 – Research Methods in Dietetics

DIE 6937 – Graduate Seminar is Dietetics and Nutrition

DIE 4963 – Comprehensive Dietetics Examination (required for all students effective spring 2018)