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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 Ph.D. 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. Research emphasis includes:

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

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

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

Master's Degree requirements

  • Minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit.
  • Six hours of credit for thesis research (thesis option), OR
  • Two hours of report work (report option)

Doctorate (Ph.D.) Degree requirements

  • Minimum 90 semester hours.
  • A dissertation representing at least 30 hours of research credit.
  • A Master's degree is required prior to acceptance.
  • Students who hold a master's degree may transfer up to 30 hours of that degree toward a Ph.D. 
  • Of the 24 to 30 hours of course work credit hours beyond the master's degree normally required by the supervisory committee, 15 credit hours should be at the 800-level or above, in addition to doctoral research credit hours. 
  • There is no foreign language requirement.
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Nicole Marple
Program Assistant
Food Science Institute
216 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone : 785-532-4057


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