University of Massachusetts Amherst

Food Science

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Graduate Program

The Department of Food Science has a long history of training Food Science professionals.  Graduates have gone on to careers within the food industry, higher education and government.   

Graduate students who wish to major in Food Science typically have had an undergraduate degree in Food Science or related field such as microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering, nutrition and others.

Application to the Graduate Program may be completed on-line at  Applicants may apply for fall or spring semester admission.  GRE scores must be submitted as part of the application process.  TOEFL scores are required for international applicants.  There is no specific minimum GRE score required.  A minimum TOEFL score of 80 is required by the Graduate School.

A limited number of Teaching and Research Assistantships (RA) are available to qualified applicants.   RA positions are awarded by individual faculty for research in their laboratory.  Graduate housing is available on-campus or off-campus within the greater Amherst area.

International applicants: If financial aid is required, in part or in full, applicants should contact individual faculty in their field of interest to see if funding is available before applying. If financial aid is not required a financial statement should be included with the application.

A special one year M.S. non-thesis, terminal-degree, option for self-funded students with a B.S. in areas related to Food Science is available. For more information on the one year M.S. program option, click here or contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Ron Labbe.