Ph.D. Programs

We offer competitive Ph.D. programs in food science and nutrition science. Choose your path, review the requirements and get ready to challenge yourself as you've never before.

Food Science


The Ph.D. program in food science is for individuals with graduate or B.S. degrees in related sciences who want an in-depth research experience in areas such as food safety, functional foods, food processing, sensory science, and food fermentation.

Students can specialize in research areas such as:

  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Engineering
  • Food Processing
  • Flavor Chemistry/Sensory Science

Our food science faculty are recognized nationally and internationally for their research achievements and teaching accomplishments. Under their mentoring, our Ph.D. students publish in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and present at national and international conferences.

Come to NC State and challenge yourself in the study of food ingredient functionality and rheology, the molecular mechanisms of foodborne illness and detection of foodborne bacterial and viral pathogens, the genetics and beneficial effects of probiotic microbes and lactic acid bacteria on human health, the science of brewery and dairy fermentation, the thermal/aseptic processing of foods, and the sensory and flavor chemistry of dairy and other ingredients.

Course Requirements

See the coursework requirements for the Ph.D. in food science.

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The Ph.D. in nutrition is an interdepartmental program with faculty from four departments: Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science, Animal Science, Agricultural and Human Sciences and Poultry Science.

As a Ph.D. student in nutrition, you will be affiliated with one of the participating departments depending on your research interests.

Want to know more?

Learn more about course requirements for the Ph.D. in nutrition. Visit the graduate student handbook for more in-depth information and resources.

Nutrition Graduate Handbook

Respect the Pack

Graduate students in the department also come from diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds. Approximately three-quarters of our graduate students come from the US and one-quarter from the rest of the world. Students have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of other cultures and gain insights into scientific inquiry at the international level.