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.
Typical Undergraduate Degrees
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 www.umass.edu/gradschool. Applicants may apply for fall or spring semester admission. Deadlines for application are February 1 and October 1 respectively. GRE scores must be submitted as part of the application process. There is no specific minimum GRE score required.
Teaching and Research Assistantships
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.
The minimum TOEFL score is 80. For the IELTS the minimum score is 6.5.
Applicants are encouraged to contact individual faculty in their field of interest to determine if they are taking new students as an advisor must be identified before acceptance. If financial aid (assistantship/ fellowship) is not requested then a financial statement should be included with the application. This statement - the Graduate Sponsor Statement - must indicate that the minimum dollar amount is available to the applicant. For the 2017/2018 academic year this amount is $55,610. M.S. applicants are expected to be self-supported.