Ph.D. in Nutrition and Hospitality Management

Continue your career in Nutrition and Hospitality Management and become a cutting-edge teacher and researcher in your field.

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About this Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nutrition and Hospitality Management (NHM) program is housed within the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management. The program is designed to train and mentor students to become proficient teachers and researchers.

Students pursuing the Ph.D. in NHM can choose from one of the two emphasis areas:

  • Nutrition (with concentrations in Sport Nutrition, Nutrition Policy, or General Nutrition)

  • Hospitality management

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    Program Information

    Program Type

    Doctorate Program

    Area of Study

    Health and Social Services


    3 years


    Ph.D. in Nutrition and Hospitality Management

    Program Location



    Hospitality Management

    Required Credit Hours


    Program Requirements and Application Process

    Find course requirements and application procedures for the Ph.D. in Nutrition and Hospitality Management below. For more information, please visit the online catalog or download the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management Graduate Handbook.

    The program consists of a minimum of 66 post-baccalaureate credit hours.

    The degree requirements include:

    • 21 hours of core requirements
    • 15-18 hours of emphasis area requirements, of which 6 or more hours must be at 700-level 
    • 9-12 hours of supporting coursework at 500-700 levels to bring the total coursework to 48 hours, which may be selected from emphasis area courses and/or from outside of NHM
    • 18 hours of dissertation.

    For a more detailed overview of the coursework for the Ph.D. in Nutrition and Hospitality management, see the Program of Study form.

    Graded credit hours other than the thesis from the student’s master’s degree coursework within the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at UM may be applied to the doctoral degree.

    UM Graduate Students of Other Programs and Transfer Students

    If the student has been enrolled in another graduate degree program outside the Department within the University, up to 6 hours of relevant graduate coursework credit completed outside the Department and within the University may be applied toward Ph.D. in NHM upon the advisory committee’s approval.

    Students may request the transfer from another institution up to 21 hours of the graded coursework credit hours required for a degree program. The student must have made a "B" or better on the course(s) to be transferred.

    • If the substituting course was taken after the student’s first semester, the transfer requests must be submitted within one (1) semester of the student’s return to the UM. Transfer requests for the emphasis area or supporting coursework will be reviewed during the Advisory Committee’s recommendation and approval of the student’s Plan of Study.
    • All transfer requests must include the exact UM course number to be transferred, the syllabus of the course taken, and a copy of the transcript showing the course grade. Transfer decisions are determined by the NHM graduate faculty after consultation with faculty members who regularly teach the courses requested to be transferred.

    To be considered for the Ph.D. in NHM, applying student's should be able to meet the following criteria for admission:

    • Baccalaureate degree in nutrition, hospitality management, or related fields.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Scores of no less than 150 on the verbal and 150 on thequantitative divisions are preferred.
    • Grade-Point Average (GPA): A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher over the last 60 hours or over the entire transcript is recommended for admission.
    • English Proficiency: Must meet the Graduate School’s admission criteria. (Only for the applicants whose native language is not English)
    • Clear Goals, readiness and motivation to pursue the doctoral degree.
    • Research interests that align with potential identified advisor(s).
    The Graduate Committee of the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management will review complete applications as they are received. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
    • Competitive applicants relative to the overall pool of applicants will be recommended for admission.
    In addition to the above criteria, other factors such as strength of letters of recommendation, work experience, availability of resources within the department, and equity considerations to enhance the diversity of the department may be taken into consideration.

    Application Process

    Applications for admission to the graduate programs must be submitted to the University of Mississippi Graduate School through the online application process.

    In order to be assured consideration, appliant's must submit the following materials to the Graduate School prior to the aforementioned deadlines: 

    • An online application completed through the Graduate School website.
    • A statement of purpose not exceeding 1,000 words, which clearly demonstrates your interest in the field, readiness to pursue a graduate degree, academic and professional goals, and how joining the graduate program will help you meet these goals.

      You can also include how you will contribute to the diversity of the classroom, department, and university community. (Find more information about our commitment to diversity through UM's Recruiting Fellowship and Scholarship Program)

      This document should be uploaded as an attachment to the Graduate School online application.
    • 3 Letters of academic and professional reference should speak to the applicant’s readiness and ability to succeed in the graduate program.

      Remember: the Graduate School’s online reference system sends requests to the recommenders. 
    • Official GRE scores taken within 5 years of applying to the graduate program sent to the Graduate School

      Note: The GRE requirement is waived for the applicants of Online Masters in Hospitality Management.
    • Official transcripts from all institutions where a degree was obtained AND from institutions attended for any graduate.
    • Official English proficiency test scores (Only if the applicant’s native language is not English). Submit TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson’s Test of Academic English scores taken within 2 years of applying to the graduate program sent to the Graduate School.
    • Interviews are required for prospective PhD students. Prospective students should contact potential advisors at UM.

      The advisor is mutually agreed upon by the student and faculty and should be identified in the statement of purpose.
    Students applying to the program may also decide to include a resume or CV, but this step is optional. 

    Instructions for submitting application materials such as test scores and transcripts can be found on the Graduate School website.

    For questions about the submission process, email the Graduate School.

    Application Deadline

    Students applying for the Ph.D. in Nutrition and Hospitality Management, must submit all of the required documentation to the Graduate School before March 1 (for full funding eligibility).

    • In case March 1 falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. 

    After acceptance, applications for graduate assistantship may be submitted online. 

    Doctoral Students Applying for the M.S. Degree

    Students admitted to the PhD in Nutrition and Hospitality Management program may apply for the Master of Science in Food and Nutrition Services degree by completing the master’s degree requirement and submitting Form GS-8 Application for Graduate Degree.

    • Doctoral core courses may not be used as Master’s electives.

    Nutrition & Dietetics

    Both the B.S. in Dietetics and Nutrition program and the Coordinated Program (CP) in Dietetics program at the University of Mississippi are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)

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    Hospitality Management

    The Hospitality Management Program at the University of Mississippi is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), PO Box 400, Oxford, MD 21654 (Phone 1-410-226-5527).

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