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Food Science Institute

Application Procedures and Deadlines

Currently, ONLY students that reside within the United States and Canada are eligible for admission into the Graduate Online Food Science Education program.

For those applying to the PhD program, a Masters of Science degree is required!

The student's supervisory committee will resolve course deficiencies. Certain programs within food science may require additional courses. When the student's committee believes it necessary, the student will be required to take additional undergraduate courses to prepare more completely for the individual program.

Application Deadlines

When should I apply?
Applications with all supporting materials, test scores (if required) and documents must be received by the deadlines below. Incomplete or late applications will not be processed.

Application submission deadlines:

International Students - APPLY NOW!

  • Fall semester is December 15.
  • Spring semester is June 15.

United States Students - APPLY NOW!

  • Fall semester - On campus - February 1
  • Fall semester - MS Online degree - April 15
  • Spring semester - On campus and online - September 15.

Information to Submit

A completed online application through the graduate school which requires:

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college work.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores required.
  • A short statement of objectives.

Tuition and Fees

On campus Graduate student tuition and fee schedules

Tuition and Fee Schedules

Statement of Objectives

What needs to be in the statement of objectives?

  • One or two pages
  • Describe why you want to pursue a graduate degree in Food Science at Kansas State University.
  • Indicate the general area of interest (i.e., food chemistry, food microbiology, cereals, meat science, sensory analysis, etc.) This allows the application to be directed to the appropriate faculty. Terms such as "food processing" and "food technology" are too general and may result in rejection because of lack of specificity.
  • Prior contact you have had with any faculty.
  • Faculty you desire to work with as a graduate student, if known.

International Student Requirements

International students must submit the following:

  • TOEFL score of at least 577 (paper), 90 (IBT), 7.0 (IELTS) or evidence of a degree from a U.S. university.
  • Complete financial form and evidence of financial support for their entire graduate training.
  • Ensure sections 1, 2, and 3 are filled out completely on the affidavit. It must include the official bank seal and signature of the bank official. A certificate of deposit or a bank statement is not acceptable to fulfill this requirement.

After Application Submission

When we receive all of the required application documentation, your file will be reviewed by an application committee composed of the Food Science graduate faculty. If you are deemed acceptable for admission, a graduate faculty member willing to serve as your major professor must be identified prior to forwarding your credentials to the graduate school.


Research and teaching assistantships are available on a limited basis that are administered by the individual departments. Those receiving assistantships pay in-state fees. Faculty also obtain funds from the Agricultural and Engineering Experiment Stations and outside research funds that help sponsor some graduate research assistantships. Currently, research stipends are competitive but vary by department.

Course Requirements

Courses required for entering graduate study in food science are:

  • Calculus and Statistics.
  • Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.
  • A course in Physics.
  • An introductory course in Microbiology.
  • A course in Botany, Zoology, or Biology.

For More Information

Toburen, Elsa<br/>
Elsa Toburen
Program Assistant
Food Science Institute
216 Call Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : 785-532-4057



Dr. Smith, J. Scott<br/>
Dr. J. Scott Smith
Graduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
208 Call Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : (785) 532-1219