Food Technology, Ph.D

The Curriculum

The Ph.D Food Technology degree requires students to take: 

  • FDTH 8510 (Food Technology seminar)

  • FDTH 9910 (doctoral dissertation research)

Additional courses may be selected from those offered in agricultural economics and applied statistics, biosystems engineering, animal and veterinary sciences, Research in the Labfood science, packaging science, horticulture and microbiology as required by the student’s graduate advisory committee.

Each PhD candidate must pass written and oral qualifying exams, complete a distinctive research project,
write a dissertation, and defend the research dissertation to the satisfaction of the student’s Graduate Advisory Committee and under the guidelines of the Graduate School.

The Food Technology doctoral program is offered by selected faculty from the following departments:

  • Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences

  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering

  • Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Horticulture

  • Microbiology and Molecular Medicine

Applicants must have a strong background in food technology, human nutrition, or related areas. Each student is strongly encouraged to select a major faculty advisor before starting a graduate degree.

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Informational Brochure about the Ph.D program

Course Descriptions


Dr. Paul Dawson
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Food Science and Human Nutrition

204 Poole Agricultural Center
Clemson University
Clemson, SC  29634-0316
Phone: 864-656-1138