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Wayne State University

Department of Nutrition and Food Science

Detroit , MI

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Wayne State University


Wayne State University / Department of Nutrition and Food Science is located in Detroit, MI, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts/Master of Public Health (MA/MPH)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Nutrition
Master of Science (MS) Nutrition and food science
(Postbaccalaureate Certificate) Dietetics
Master of Arts (MA) Nutrition and food science
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Food science

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 10
Doctoral Degrees 4

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? No
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test (recommended)
Thesis Required for some
Essay (for MA)
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE (recommended)
Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline March 1st March 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test (recommended)
Master's Degree Requirements Two letters of recommendation; minimum GPA of 3.0; undergraduate degree in science
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE (recommended)
Doctoral Degree Requirements MS in nutrition and/or food science or in a cognate science with minimum GPA of 3.5; three letters of recommendation; personal statement; interview (live or Web-based)

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Recommended IELTS Paper score: 6.5
TWE: Required IELTS Paper score: 5.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Health Care Benefits
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 2.7%
Black or African American 0%
White or Caucasian 48%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5.41%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5.41%
Unknown 0%


Male (21%)
Female (78%)


Focus of faculty research: Metabolomics and the study of nutrition and disease; understanding the effect of nutrition intervention (i.e., caloric restriction, folate deficiency) on the molecular mechanisms of aging and cancer; obesity and diabetes; study of how different dietary constituents (e.g. fatty acids) interact with each other to modulate key parameters related to plasma lipoprotein metabolism
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI  48202
United States
Contact Dr. Ahmad R. Heydari
Professor and Chair
Phone: 313-577-2500