Master of Science

The Distance Food Science Master's Degree is a competitive program offered to degree holding food industry professionals that meet the prerequisites. The program is not an entitlement because you have paid the tuition and fees. This is an advanced degree program that provides additional educational training for those in the food industry. All applications go through a rigorous process in which only qualified applicants are selected for the program. Thus, not everyone who applies is accepted. The Distance Food Science Master's degree is a Course-work Only option (non-theses/non-report). In select situations, students may be allowed to persue the report or thesis options.

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

A minimum of 34 credit hours with 20 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
Course #Description

Credit
Hours

ENGL 758
    OR
AGCOM 810

Scientific Communication

Scientific Communication

3

3

FDSCI 600Food Microbiology2
FDSCI 690Principles of HACCP2
FDSCI 695Quality Assurance of Food Products3
FDSCI 725Food Analysis3
FDSCI 815Advanced Food Chemistry3
FDSCI 850Graduate Seminar/Food Science1
STATS 705Regression and Analysis of Variance3
 TOTAL CORE COURSES20

Report option
Permission from the major professor and committee members is required to persue 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 Distance 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.

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.

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

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

Detailed Information


For More Information

Toburen, Elsa<br/>
Elsa Toburen
Graduate Program Information
Food Science Institute
216 Call Hall Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : 785-532-4057
etoburen@ksu.edu

 

Dr. Smith, J. Scott<br/>
Dr. J. Scott Smith
Professor, Graduate Program Chair
Animal Sciences & Industry
208 Call Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : (785) 532-1219
Fax : (785) 532-5681
jsschem@ksu.edu

 

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