A Program of Studies consists of courses considered necessary for the student’s degree. Program of Studies is intended to be flexible to meet the educational objectives of the student and to build on previous academic and work experience. The student, along with the Supervisory Committee, should select courses that best support the student’s research and overall academic program.

A student’s Program of Studies should be completed by the end of the student’s 2nd semester (or before completion of 45 credit hours, including master’s degree credits) After the student and all supervisory committee members sign, this form should be submitted to the NHS Graduate Coordinator who will forward to Graduate Studies.


  • Only courses with 800- or 900-level course numbers can be counted for graduate credit
  • Minimum of 90 semester credit hours
    • At least one-half (45 hours), including dissertation credits, must be in NHS (NUTR prefix) or closely related field
    • Meet graduate studies requirement of 12-55 credit hours of NUTR 999 Doctoral Dissertation credit hours

Changes to Plan of Study

Changes may be made to an approved Plan of Study (POS). Once the student and student’s faculty advisor agree on the course change, the student’s faculty advisor emails the NHS Graduate Coordinator and Office of Graduate Studies Doctoral Programs Coordinator for final approval.