DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PH.D.)

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Program Description

Graduate programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree provide advanced education and technical training in preparation for careers in public and private sectors related to animal science and technology, food science and technology, animal biotechnology, agribusiness and university-level research and education.

The doctoral program emphasizes original, scholarly research and includes significant advanced course work. A minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and a dissertation describing original research are required. Graduate students are not normally admitted directly into a doctoral program unless they have first received a research-based master’s degree (e.g., M.S., M.Sc.).

There is no foreign language requirement, but knowledge of a foreign language may be recommended by the student’s advisory committee.

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The College of Agriculture traces its roots back to 1872 with the establishment of the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College as a land-grant college. Throughout its history, the college has help ... Read More

The College of Agriculture traces its roots back to 1872 with the establishment of the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College as a land-grant college. Throughout its history, the college has helped advance Alabama’s agricultural economy while improving the nutrition, health and standard of living for all citizens. Read less