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Food Science Institute

Food Science Graduate Program

K-State's interdepartmental Food Science graduate program offers a master's degree with a report or thesis option that can be completed on campus or via online education. A PhD program is offered on campus only. The program also offers a Food Safety and Defense Certificate via online education.

The program provides a variety of courses and research opportunities in the field of food science. Research emphasis includes:

  • Food chemistry
  • Food microbiology
  • Food safety
  • Sensory analysis
  • Food processing
  • Food engineering

The program also provides opportunities to work with several food commodities including:

  • Cereal and grains
  • Dairy products
  • Meats and poultry
  • Fruits and vegetables

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).

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 required 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.

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For More Information

Toburen, Elsa<br/>
Elsa Croft (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