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Master of Science - Online

The online Food Science Master's Degree is a competitive program offered to degree holding food industry professionals that meet the prerequisites. The online Food Science Master's degree is a Course-work Only option (non-theses/non-report). In select situations, students may be allowed to pursue the report or thesis options.

All graduate degree programs operate under guidelines developed by the K-State Graduate Council. Not all requirements are covered here and students are encouraged to consult the Graduate Handbook when planning their program. Note that all degree options require at least 18 credits of the courses to be at the 700 level or above.


Requirements for entering graduate study in food science are:

  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA during last two years of course work
  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Statistics
  • Biochemistry or a general biochemistry class
  • Organic Chemistry
  • A general Calculus course
  • A course in Physics
  • An introductory course in Microbiology
  • A course in Botany, Zoology, or Biology
  • GRE scores required
  • Students must reside in the United States or Canada
  • Admission to the K-State Graduate School

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.

Course requirements for the program of study will be evaluated by the student's supervisory committee. However, students are expected to select courses that provide adequate coverage in several food areas, with primary emphasis in one or more areas. The chairman of the Food Science Graduate Program must approve members of the student's supervisory committee and the program of study.


Application 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.

Application procedures and deadlines are the same for on-campus application. See Graduate Program Application Procedures for details.

Graduate School Forms for Application


Costs and Fees

An administrative fee of $500 per term (three terms per year), from start to finish of the degree requirements, is charged in addition to the cost of courses taken. The $500 fee is paid each term regardless of the number of credit hours taken. If the fee is not paid, the student is dropped from the program and must reapply to continue.

A student enrolled in three credit hours per term (fall, spring and summer) or nine credits per year may complete the Masters of Science degree programs (report or thesis) in approximately 10 terms (3.5 years). The graduate school regulations state that a Masters of Science degree must be completed in a maximum of seven years. With this format of fee assessment, students are encouraged to proceed as rapidly as possible to allow servicing the maximum number of qualified students.

Tuition and Fees for online students


Course Information

For a list and description of courses offered, see the Food Science Graduate Online Courses listing (PDF).

For available courses by semester, description, and cost, see the Course Offerings.



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.


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.


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.

Detailed Information

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


Dr. Smith, J. Scott<br/>
Dr. J. Scott Smith
Professor, Graduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
208 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : (785) 532-1219
Fax : (785) 532-5681