Applicants to the graduate program in Food Science and Technology must have a degree in food science, microbiology, biochemistry, engineering, nutrition, biology, chemistry, or other related field. Undergraduate work should include organic chemistry, calculus, and physics.
To apply to the program, applicants must complete the Application for Admission to Graduate Study online form. In addition to the general requirements for the Office of Graduate Studies (application form, official transcripts, etc.), the minimum requirement for the TOEFL score is 577-Paper (233 Computer), iBT of 90 or an IELTS score of 6.5 must be met for the applicant to be competitive for admission and to receive an assistantship. In addition, the GRE exam total score should be 302, broken down as follows: verbal score of 143 with a quantitative score of 159 or higher and a 3.5 analytical writing score to be competitive. Scores for the GRE and TOEFL that are older than two years will not be accepted.
Applicants will also be expected to provide three letters of recommendation, a 1-2 page Statement of Academic and Professional Goals, and a current resume. These materials, as well as GPA and GRE scores, are all considered by the Graduate Committee. However, to be competitive for admission and an assistantship, a GPA of at least 3.0, a Verbal GRE score of 143, and a combined Verbal + Quantitative GRE score of 302 are generally expected.
There are no deadlines for applying to the food science graduate program. Instead, we have a rolling admission policy, meaning that the graduate committee reviews applications on a year-round basis. However, applicants are advised to have their applications complete by March 1 for fall admission and by October 1 for spring admission.