Master of Science
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.
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).
Block A - Required Core Courses (12 credit hours)
|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|
|HN 701||Sensory Analysis||3|
|FDSCI 690||Principles of HACCP and HARPC||2|
|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)
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).
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.
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.
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.