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Graduate Students

The Food Science Institute offers graduate studies for on-campus and online students.

On Campus Students

Masters Degree

For the M.S. degree, a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit is required including 6 hours of credit for thesis research (thesis option) or 2 hours of report work (report option).

 

PhD Degree

For the Ph.D. degree, at least 90 semester hours is required including a dissertation representing at least 30 hours of research credit. Students are expected to earn a M.S. degree prior to acceptance in the Ph.D. program. Students who hold a master's degree may transfer up to 30 hours of that degree toward a Ph.D.  In addition, Ph.D. students must complete 24 hours of credit within a 12-month period (residence requirement). Of these 24 hours, at least 12 hours must be in graduate-level courses. There is no foreign language requirement.

 

Online Students

Course-work Only Option (Non-Thesis/Non-Report Option)

A minimum of 34 credit hours with 20-22 core credits and at least 18 hours at 700 level are required. The core courses as outlined below are to ensure that the student possesses the critical graduate level food science knowledge and communication skills required.

In addition to completion of course work a final oral examination is administered on campus (Manhattan) the semester of graduation. This exam includes a public scientific presentation on a relevant topic followed by an oral examination by the student's graduate committee. This process is further described in Planning for the Final Oral Examination - non-thesis option (PDF).

Course-Work Only Option Core Courses (20-22 credit hours)

Block A - Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)

ENGL 758 Scientific Writing - 3
    OR
AGCOM 810 Scientific Communication - 3
FDSCI 600 Food Microbiology - 2
FDSCI 815 Advanced Food Chemistry - 3
FDSCI 850 Food Science Graduate Seminar - 1
STAT 705 Regression and Analysis of Variance -3

Block B - Must take at least 3 out of 5 courses listed below (8-10 credit hours)

HN 701 Sensory Analysis - 3
FDSCI 690 Principles of HACCP and HARPC - 3
FDSCI 695 Quality Assurance of Food Products - 3
FDSCI 725 Food Analysis - 3
FDSCI 740 Research and Development of Food Products - 4

Elective courses (12-14 credit hours)

 

Report Option

Permission from the major professor and committee members is required to pursue this option. A Food Science Master's degree, report option, requires 28 hours of course work. A publication-ready written master's report is required and counts for 2 hours of graduate credit.

In addition to the Master's report, a final presentation and oral examination is administered on campus (Manhattan, Kansas) during the semester of anticipated graduation. The process is further described in Planning for the Final Oral Examination - Report/Thesis option (PDF).

 

Thesis Option

The online Food Science Master's degree program is a course-work only option. If an individual would like to pursue a thesis option, the student must petition the committee with appropriate justification. Please contact the Graduate Food Science Program Chair for details. Contact information is above right.

A thesis involving a research project is required and counts for 6 hours of graduate credit. In addition to the Master's thesis, a final presentation and oral examination is administered on campus (Manhattan, Kansas) during the semester of anticipated graduation. This exam includes a public scientific presentation on a relevant topic followed by an oral examination by the student's graduate committee.

Graduate Student Forms

Annual Progress Report

The annual progress report must be submitted by each food science graduate student no later than May 31st. The report must be reviewed and signed by the major professor (advisor) before forwarding the form to the Food Science Institute office.

WORD DOCUMENT

Online students: Please check the Orientation-FDSCI MS online at Canvas for more information

 

Program of Study

The Graduate School requires all graduate students submit a Program of Study (POS) form. The POS:

  1. details all of the courses you will take to complete the requirements of your degree program, and
  2. lists the faculty members who will serve as members of your supervisory committee.

On-campus students should submit their POS before the end of their second semester of graduate study, and online students should do so upon completion of 9 credit hours. Students should consult with their major professor when completing the form. The form requires your signature, major professor, supervisory committee members, and the program chair. Once the form is completed, the POS will be forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate school for approval. Please see instructions below for more details.

Instructions for Preparing the Program of Study Form

Program of Study: Masters (Word) (PDF)

Program of Study: Doctoral (Word) (PDF)

Online students: Please check the Orientation-FDSCI MS online at Canvas for more information

 

Program Change Form

Once your POS is submitted and approved by the Graduate School, any changes such as change courses, committee members, etc. made must be done by submitting a program change form. This form is completed in consultation of your major professor (advisor). The form will need your signature, major professor, supervisory committee members, and graduate program chair.

Program/Committee Change Form (Word) (PDF)

Online students: Please check the Orientation-FDSCI MS online at Canvas for more information

 

Approval to Schedule Final Exam

All Food Science students—campus‐based and online must complete a final oral examination (also called a "defense") during which they display competency in appropriate areas of expertise. The final oral examination for all students—including online students—takes place on the K‐State campus; you should plan accordingly and be prepared to make appropriate travel arrangements.

The approval to schedule final exam form is due two weeks prior your defense, unless you want your name in the Commencement program. For information about deadlines, refer to the Graduation and Commencement Deadlines Calendar

Masters (Word) (PDF)

Doctoral (Word) (PDF)

Online students: Please check the Orientation-FDSCI MS online at Canvas for more information

 

Graduate Certificate Completion

All students enrolled in the Food Safety and Defense Graduate Certificate are required to submit the graduate certificate completion form.

Certificate Completion Form (Word) (PDF)

Please coordinate with your major professor (advisor) when it comes time to complete this form.

 

Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR)

All K-State graduate students are required to submit an electronic version of their thesis, dissertation, or report. The Graduate School does not accept paper copies.

For more information, see the ETDR website

For More Information

Toburen, Elsa<br/>
Elsa Toburen
Program Assistant
Food Science Institute
216 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : 785-532-4057
etoburen@ksu.edu

 

Dr. Smith, J. Scott<br/>
Dr. J. Scott Smith
Graduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
208 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : (785) 532-1219
jsschem@ksu.edu