Oklahoma State University

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Dr. William McGlynn

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Stillwater, OK 74078 

Phone 405-744-7573

Fax 405-744-6313

 

 

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Food Science Degrees

The OSU Food Science Gradute Program offers both a Master of Science (M.S.) degree and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Both follow basic OSU Graduate College requirements as described on this page.

M.S. Degree

Graduate Course Work

An M.S. student must have 30 hours of graduate course work with at least 24 hours of class and 6 hours of research credit.

To count towards the degree, all course work must be eligible for graduate credit -- normally 5000-6000 level courses.  A few 3000 and 4000 level courses are currently offered for graduate credit. Students are encouraged to minimize reliance on 3000 and 4000 level courses.  Normally, an M.S. student must have at least 21 hours of credit in 5000-6000 level courses.

The acceptance of work which the student desires to use toward the degree rests with the student’s advisory committee. Because of this aspect of graduate work, it is wise for the student to complete a Plan of Study and get the advisory committee’s approval as soon as possible.

In any case, a Plan of Study (POS) must be submitted to the Graduate College before completing the 17th credit hour of enrollment.

All graduate students engaged in research are required to complete an online research ethics training module prior to enrolling in their third semester at OSU, or prior to their second semester if they are actively involved in research activities during their first semester.   See below for additional information.

Please note: It is the students' responsibility to insure that all 3000 and 4000 level courses they take are approved by the Graduate College for Graduate credit (this is denoted by an * in the list of courses in the OSU catalog). If they are not approved by the Graduate College, then they will not count towards the M.S. or PhD degrees.

 

 Time Limits

Students are expected to complete the requirements for the master’s degree within seven years from first enrollment in the master’s degree program. Any extension of this time limit must be approved by the Graduate College.

 

Ph.D. Degree

Graduate Course Work

A Ph.D. student must have 60 hours of graduate credit hours beyond the M.S. degree.  This will ordinarily consist of 30 hours of course work and 30 hours of research credit but must in any case have minimum of 15 hours of research credit.

To count towards the degree, all course work must be eligible for graduate credit -- normally 5000-6000 level courses.  A few 3000 and 4000 level courses are currently offered for graduate credit. Students are encouraged to minimize reliance on 3000 and 4000 level courses.   At least 75% of credit hours must be from 5000-6000 level courses.

The acceptance of work which the student desires to use toward the degree rests with the student’s advisory committee. Because of this aspect of graduate work, it is wise for the student to complete a Plan of Study and get the advisory committee’s approval as soon as possible.

In any case, a Plan of Study (POS) must be submitted to the Graduate College before completing the 28th credit hour of enrollment.

No class previously listed on an M.S. POS may be listed on a Ph.D. POS.

Credit hours may only be counted if awarded within 10 years of graduation.

A dissertation proposal must be turned in to the student’s committee and be approved by the committee prior to or at the time of taking the qualifying exams.  An approved dissertation proposal in combination with passing the qualifying exams constitutes an admission to doctoral candidacy.

A student must take at least 10 credit hours of research credit with a grade of “SR” after becoming a doctoral candidate in order to graduate.  Research credit hours taken in the semester during which the qualifying exams are taken may be counted as part of the 10 required hours only if the exams are complete and candidacy documents are filed with the Graduate College prior to the midway point of the semester.

All graduate students engaged in research are required to complete an online research ethics training module prior to enrolling in their third semester at OSU, or prior to their second semester if they are actively involved in research activities during their first semester.   See below for additional information.

Please note:  It is the students' responsibility to insure that all 3000 and 4000 level courses they take are approved by the Graduate College for Graduate credit (this is denoted by an * in the list of courses in the OSU catalog). If they are not approved by the Graduate College, then they will not count towards the M.S or Ph.D. degrees.

Time Limits

Students are expected to complete the requirements of the Ph.D. degree within nine years from their first enrollment in the degree program. After that time a new program of study must be arranged with the advisory committee and filed in the Graduate College.

If all requirements for the degree are not completed within four years after admission to doctoral candidacy, a second qualifying examination must be passed.

 

Research Ethics

All graduate students engaged in research are required to complete an online research ethics training module prior to enrolling in their third semester at OSU, or prior to their second semester if they are actively involved in research activities during their first semester. Failure to complete this module will result in a hold being placed on further enrollment. The following link provides instructions on how to access the online training and a link to the online training system: http://gradcollege.okstate.edu/faculty/RCR_grad_students.htm

The online training system offers a choice of five different related training modules. The two required modules are:

1.       Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course.

2.       Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course.

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