The criteria used by
the Graduate Committee in considering those requests for admission
to the Ph.D. program by students who have or anticipate receiving
a B.S. or students in our M.S. program who wish to bypass the
M.S. and work directly toward the Ph.D. degree is outlined below.
Persons applying for admission to the Ph.D. program who hold
B.S. degrees will be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program
provided they satisfy the following criteria:
Only exceptionally qualified students with
evidence of their research experience and communicative skills,
in addition to the documentation required by the Food Science
Graduate Committee and Graduate School (completed graduate school
application, GRE scores, official undergraduate transcripts, three
letters of reference, statement describing research interests
and career goals, and TOEFL scores (foreign students only) will
be considered for admission into the Ph.D. program. Research experience
documentation should include reprints or preprints of publications,
published abstracts and a listing of other formal presentations
of their research.
Final approval of the application will be made
by the Department's Graduate Committee using the same criteria
for all Ph.D. applications. Following approval, the applicants'
folder will be handled using established procedures. All applicants
admitted to the Ph.D. program via this route are to fulfill all
current Ph.D. requirements including any undergraduate Food Science
course deficiencies plus a minor field of study. Those applicants
denied admission into the Ph.D. program, but eligible for admission
into the M.S. program, will be duly informed of the committee's
recommendation by the Food Science graduate coordinator.
Graduate students who wish to bypass the
M.S. degree and transfer directly into the Ph.D. program:
The procedure for transferring into the Ph.D.
program is as follows:
A letter from the student to the graduate program
coordinator should request direct admission to the Ph.D. program,
bypassing the M.S. degree. The Department's Graduate Committee
must be supplied with evidence of the student's research and communicative
skills, such as reprints or preprints of publications, published
abstracts and a listing of other formal presentations. The letter
should outline the rationale for the transfer and state (or request)
the arrangements for the student's support, if applicable.
A letter of recommendation from the M.S. Thesis
Advisory Committee should be sent to the Graduate Committee. The
recommendations of the M.S. Committee for transfer to the Ph.D.
program should be made after at least one meeting at which the
student presents his/her current research results and future plans
for the Ph.D. thesis research. In the event that a M.S. committee
has not been appointed at the time the transfer is requested,
the Department's Graduate Committee will serve in this capacity.
All applicants admitted to the Ph.D. program via this route are
expected to fulfill all current Ph.D. requirements including any
undergraduate Food Science course deficiencies plus a minor field
of study. Please refer to the current
Graduate Program Policies and Procedures manual for
specific details on the minimum course requirements for graduate
degrees in Food Science.